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Developing Metro apps for Windows 8

Tushar Agarwal September 25, 2011

Probably most of you would have seen the preview of Windows 8 – either at BUILD conference or online. For developers it’s time to start looking into what it takes to start developing Windows 8 applications. The apps would be developed in .NET 4.5. It’s not exactly same as .NET 4 and yes there are some breaking changes. You’ll have to port your applications to .NET 4.5.

Here is the link for starting the development – MSDN – .NET Metro style apps

Find all the resource here – Windows Metro style apps







Google's +1

Tushar Agarwal April 1, 2011

In a move to capture the social media market, Google has attempted again by launching it’s new service called  – “+1″. Many experts feel that this might not kick off very well, like other services launched by Google. There are many services similar to +1 in the market.
For details please visit Google’s blogpost.


Firefox 4 now available for download

Tushar Agarwal March 22, 2011

Firefox 4 Release Candidate is now available for download. With competition such as IE9 and Google Chrome 10, does Firefox 4 have some tricks up its sleeve to withstand the competition?

For starters, Firefox 4 comes with a plethora of changes both aesthetically as well as under the hood. The first thing that you will notice is the change in tabs layout and the address bar. It looks a lot neater than its predecessors and has an IE9 feel to it. The tabs are located above the address bar giving them a more visual presence. It is now possible for a user to switch between tabs from the comfort of the address bar itself.

Firefox also helps you stay in sync on multiple devices. You can synchronize your settings, passwords, bookmarks, history, open tabs and other customizations across multiple devices such as your smartphones.

Managing add-ons and organizing your tabs is as simple as drag and drop on Firefox 4.

Firefox 4 claims to be 3-times faster and 6-times improved when compared to Firefox 3.6.12.

Under the hood, Firefox 4 is a beast!! With the new JavaScript engine, not only does the browser render web pages faster, but has also improved upon the startup time. It also includes support for WebM for HD-videos. The latest version also has very fast graphics acceleration with Direct2D and Direct3D on Windows and OpenGL on the Mac. Firefox 4 also supports multi-touch making it an ideal browser for mobile devices.

The download is available at this page – Download Firefox 4 RC


Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Released

Tushar Agarwal February 23, 2011

  Microsoft released the first official service pack for Windows 7 today. This is an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7. SP1 also includes new improvements to features and services in Windows 7, such as improved reliability when connecting to HDMI audio devices, printing using the XPS Viewer, and restoring previous folders in Windows Explorer after restarting.
There are different ways to install Windows 7 SP1. But before you start downloading, please note that you may need to keep from 750MB to 7400MB of free space (depending on the version of Windows) on your Windows partition to be able to install it. Also check if your Windows 7 is already updated to SP1. You can find this by looking under System in Control Panel, next to System type.
The easiest and safest way to install SP1 is using Windows Update service. If you use this, then your total download size will be 750MB for 32-bit Windows 7, and 1050MB for the 64-bit version. For this, you need to click Start, click All Programs and click Windows Update. In the window that opens, click “Check for updates” on the left. In the list of updates, you will see Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB976932), select it and click OK. Click Install updates to start downloading and installing the update. Enter your administrator password if prompted for the same. This method requires your computer to remain connected to the internet while the update downloads and installs.
The second way is to download the from the Microsoft Download Center. Choose the version of SP1 according to your Windows version and click Download. Run this downloaded file to install SP1.
There is also a provision to order a DVD from Microsoft containing SP1 from here, but it is valid only for users living in U.S. or Canada.
Please note that Geniune Windows validation is required to be able to download Windows 7 SP1.


jQuery 1.5 released

Tushar Agarwal February 8, 2011

The much awaited jQuery 1.5 has released now. 
This included many performance improvements and bug fixes as well as a major re-write of the Ajax module which now comes with deferred callback management. Core also introduced a new feature called jQuery.sub which allows for new copies of jQuery to be created where properties and methods can be safely modified without affecting the global jQuery object.

Microsoft CDN:
Google CDN:


Steve Jobs To Take ‘Medical Leave Of Absence’, Stays On As CEO

Tushar Agarwal January 18, 2011

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence according to a release issued by the company today. Here’s the email memo Jobs sent to Apple employees today.


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company. I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011. I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.


While it’s unclear what the reason is for the medical leave, Jobs’ previous medical history includes Pancreatic cancer as well as a liver transplant. In 2004, Jobs contracted Pancreatic Cancer, which he beat. Then Jobs underwent a liver transplant in 2009, and also made a full recovery. During Jobs’ absence in 2009, COO Tim Cook took over Apple’s day-to-day activities, similar to this situation. We may hear more about Jobs health condition tomorrow, when Apple releases Q4 and 2010 earnings. Clearly Jobs is a survivor; and has fought hard against his medical battles. Hopefully he will conquer this challenge as well.


Yahoo plans to shudown couple of services !!!

Tushar Agarwal December 21, 2010

As yahoo plans to shut down couple of services, people have started migrating their data from yahoo. In a news statement, Yahoo mentioned that it will be turning off the following services:

1. Delicious – the famous social bookmarking website
2. – a job portal
3. Geocities
5. Musicmatch Jukebox

I hope Yahoo does well in the other sections. Yahoo has also sold it’s search arm to Microsoft and soon it will be completely taken over by Microsoft’s search arm –


Save paper by adopting to WWF

Tushar Agarwal December 15, 2010

You must have read at the end of various emails “Please  think before you print this email”. But many of go ahead and just print them. Every paper you print costs a tree somewhere in the world.

To protect the trees and environment, World Wildlife Fund has come up with a new document type – WWF. This document format is similar to PDF but it doesn’t give you the option to print the document. You can use this document as you use your PDF file, with the limitation that you won’t be able to print it.

Currently the software for creating the WWF documents is available for Mac only, but will be soon rolled out for Windows as well.

I would appreciate if you also start using WWF documents.


For more information visit


Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Released

Tushar Agarwal December 15, 2010

It would be a partial relief for thousands of developers who have been experiencing problems with Visual Studio 2010. The Visual Studio 2010 SP1 has been released for public now. The reason I am saying that it is a partial relief because it’s a BETA, which means that it isn’t ready for production. Generally products in Beta are quite stable, so I think developers can start using it.

To download the SP1 visit  Microsof’t Website.

What’s in Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta ?

Some of the fixes apart from the ones mentioned on the connect website are these:

  • Web Bug Fixes
  • HTML5 Schema Support
  • IIS Express Support

There are many more…