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Microsoft started pushing #Windows10 as Recommended Update

Microsoft now stepped one step forward to push Windows 10 to a major set of devices who are still using Windows 7 or Windows 8.x by marking the OS as “Recommended Update”. It’s still your decision whether to opt-in or opt-out. If you opt-in, you will of course get it as free.


It is still a right time to upgrade to Windows 10, but not mandatory. To know more about it and the upgrade process, continue reading this post.

#UWP Tips: Building a Toast Notification with buttons (Part 2)

I hope you read my previous post on “Building a Toast Notification with text for apps targeting Universal Windows Platform”. There we learned how to create a very basic toast notification. Continuing the series of posts, today we will learn how to add buttons within the notification.


Let’s begin with building toast notification with text and buttons. Stay tuned to learn creating more complex notifications in next blog posts of this series.

Configuration update rolling out to #Windows 10 Mobile Insiders

Microsoft started rolling out a configuration update to Windows 10 Mobile users who are in fast ring. This might be a step towards rolling out the Redstone update to the Windows 10 Mobile users. If you are already in the fast ring, you might have already got the notifications.


Windows Insiders chief, Gabriel Aul, in a tweet announced the availability of this update which will prepare your device for the next big update and improve all over the upgrade experience.

How to compute the Hash value of a file using #CSharp?

When downloading from a remote location, many time we need to know whether the file downloaded properly or not. There are many techniques to know about it but among them, one of the approach is to check the hash value of the file. The Cryptography APIs of .NET can help you to calculate the same.


Today in this post, we will learn how to calculate the hash value of file stored in local resource. Continue reading to learn more about the steps. Code has been shared.

#UWP Tips: Building a simple Toast Notification with text (Part 1)

If you are a developer and building apps or games for Windows 10, targetting Universal Windows Platform (aka. UWP), you might want to show toast notifications to the user of your app/game. You might also want to provide some additional content like textbox, button etc. to get specific inputs.


As part of this tutorial series, we are going to learn how to show custom toast notifications. Today let’s begin with building simple toast notification with text. Stay tuned to learn complex notifications in next blog posts.

Like Clippy? Get assistance in #VisualStudio using #ReSharper plugin

You might have already hear about Clippy. Yea, that’s the Office Assistant that we had in those days. In earlier office versions it helped us with many quick tips to complete the job easily, having some nice animations. If you are fond of it and want to use it in your development environment, there is a cool ReSharper extension for Visual Studio.


Recently I came across it and thought to share with you more details about the extension as well as some snaps and the process to install it. The extension is also available as opensource project on GitHub. Continue reading to know more.

The complete list of #VisualStudio keyboard shortcuts

If you are a developer and developing code using Visual Studio IDE, you might want to learn the shortcut keys that our facorite IDE exposes to use. Mads Kristensen developed a Visual Studio extension and exported all the keyboard shortcuts of Visual Studio 2012, 2013 and 2015.


In this post, I am not only bookmarking the tool and link to the site, but also sharing the same with you. I hope, it will be useful for you in day to day development life.

#UWP Tips: How to create Hosted Web Apps for #Windows 10?

Windows 10 SDK provides an easy to implement project template by which you can quickly create an app for Universal Windows Platform which you can use to run a hosted web app. You don’t have to create the whole app, if the site is already running. Just change few values in manifest file and your app will be running.


In this post, we will learn how to create a hosted web app targeting Windows 10 (without writing any code). Share your feedback and/or ask your queries, if any.

How to copy selected text from SMS message in #Windows 10 mobile?

Microsoft recently released Windows 10 Mobile build 10.0.10586.63 to Windows Insiders in the fast ring. There’s not such noticable changes in this build, but I have noticed one cool feature that allows you to select and copy a portion of text from SMS messages easily by just tapping.


In this post, I am going to share you details about this with proper screenshot for easy understanding. I hope that, you will like it. Let us know, what you discover more on this build.

List of Key features introduced in #CSharp (1.0 to 6.0) - an Infographic

Most of the developers in Microsoft platform uses C# as their programming language. C# is now matured to version 6 and has came with new features in it’s different versions. As a programmer, we should know all these feature. This will not only help you in cracking interviews, but also help you decide whether you should upgrade your project to latest.


In this blog post I am sharing a small infographic, which structured all the different versions of C# along with features and related Visual Studio version with which it released.

How to get the Device Information in #UWP apps?

If you are building apps/game for Universal Windows Platform, you might want to retrieve the device information where the app/game is currently running. You might use this information to log details about any exception and/or to do specific action based on device details.


In this post, we will learn how to fetch the device information in UWP apps. Continue to read about the APIs exposed by Microsoft SDK. Don’t forget to read my other posts too and share your feedback.

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