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On your phone or from your PC, get apps and games wherever you are.
Check out Marketplace—Microsoft's virtual store for apps, games, and other entertainment for your phone. Many apps and games in Marketplace are free, while others let you try before you buy.
Before you try or buy an app or game:
Sign in to your phone using a Windows Live ID to unlock services on Windows Live, Zune, and Xbox LIVE.
Install the Zune software to sync apps and games between your computer and your phone.
On Start, tap Marketplace .
Flick left or right to see top, new, or featured apps, or browse categories. When you find an app or game you want, tap it.
If you want to install a free app or game, tap Install twice to confirm and download it to your phone.
If you want to buy an app or game:
Tap Buy to buy a paid app. Or tap Try (if available) to try it.
Do one of the following:
If you're trying an app, tap Install.
If you're buying an app, tap Buy, select your payment method (either a credit card or a charge to your phone bill), and then tap Buy again.
By default, purchases are added to your phone bill (if this service is available from your mobile operator). Or you can use a credit card: in the Confirm purchase screen, tap Change payment method, and then tap Add a credit card. (Or just tap Add a credit card.) Follow the steps on the screen.
"Confirm purchase" screen on phone
It might take several minutes for the app or game to download and install, depending on its size. A progress bar on the details screen shows the status.
To check the progress of an app or game you're downloading, tap Check install.
To pause a downloading app, on the Marketplace Downloads screen (tap Check install or the download link at the bottom of the Marketplace Hub), tap and hold the item, then tap Pause. To continue downloading it, tap and hold, and then tap Resume.
Look for your new apps in the App list (on Start, flick left). Look for your new games in the Games Hub (on Start, tap Games, and flick left to Collection).
Looking for a specific app or game? From Marketplace, press the Search button. To learn more, see Search for stuff.
Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable.
On Start, click All Programs, and then click Zune.
If you're not signed in, click Sign In, and then sign in with the same Windows Live ID you used to sign in to your phone.
Click Marketplace > Apps. Under Devices, click Windows Phone.
Zune Marketplace "apps for windows phone 7" screen
Browse for an app or game by clicking a genre or using the Search box.
Click the app that you're interested in, and then click Free trial or Buy to try or buy the app or game. Or click Free to install a free app. Follow the instructions on the screen.
If you want to add a new credit card to your account, you can add it from the Zune software on your computer (click Settings > Account > Add a credit card) or go to the Zune Account Center.
Zune "add a credit card" screen
To see apps and games on your phone, disconnect it from your computer. Look for:
New apps in the App list (on Start, flick left).
New games in the Games Hub (on Start, tap Games, and flick left to Collection).
Apps sync directly with your phone and are not added to your Zune collection on your computer.
If you purchase your app from Zune while your phone is not connected to your PC, the app will be downloaded over the air within 24 hours. If you subsequently connect your phone to your PC, your items will continue to download over the air.
Marketplace may not be available in your country or region.
Xbox has a great deal to help you you to kick off the holiday season. Just spend 1600 Microsoft Points on selected offerings from Microsoft Game Studios (see the list below) between November 16 – November 23 and receive 400 Microsoft Points--FREE!
For more information, See official rules
To qualify for this special offer, you must first register by downloading the Microsoft Game Studios Offer gamerpic, and then purchase the eligible Arcade games, game add-on, or avatar accessories from Xbox LIVE Marketplace using your Xbox LIVE account before November 23.
To take advantage of this great deal, you must download the free Microsoft Game Studios Gamer Picture. You can queue this gamer pic up for download to your console right here:
You can also access the free gamer pic via the banner ads running on Xbox LIVE, or in the Gamer Picture section of the Xbox LIVE dashboard.
Download new adventures for favorites like Halo Wars.
You must register for the offer using the same Xbox LIVE gamertag that you will use for your purchase. This promotion starts at 01:01 P.M. (GMT +8) on November 16 and ends at 12:59 P.M. (GMT+8) on November 23, 2010.
Eligible Arcade Games
Eligible Game Add-ons
Eligible Avatar Items
Splosion Man South Park UNO Rush Perfect Dark Snoopy Flying Ace Defense Grid Magic the Gathering Banjo Kazooie Banjo Tooie Ikaruga Fable II Pub Games Braid A Kingdom for Keflings Rez HD The Maw Scrap Metal Alien Breed Episode 1 Alien Breed Episode 2 The Dishwasher Dead Samurai Duke Nukem 3D N+
Forza Motorsport 3 Mass Effect Fable II Halo 3 Halo Wars Gears of War 2 Alan Wake LIPS Crackdown Crackdown 2 Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Scene It
Halo Reach Halo 3: ODST Halo 3 Gears of War 2 Gears of War 3 Crackdown 2 Fable II Fable III Perfect Dark Toy Soldiers
After registering and spending 1600 Microsoft Points on eligible downloads during the promotional period, the free Points will be either be deposited automatically into your Xbox LIVE account or sent to your e-mail via a token. Please allow four weeks for delivery, on or around December 20, 2010.
Got to know from http://www.facebook.com/xbox360india.
Kinect Pre-orders reach you tomorrow/today (reason: blogging this late by a date)!! W00t! If you've pre-ordered before the 10th of Nov, stay by your door - Your Kinect arrives tomorrow/today!!
Today I was following the interesting article related to blogging – Power of blogging, I would say, how anyone’s life can be changed. You can read this too “The MBA who quit his job to earn $100,000 doing Excel blogging” @ http://education.in.msn.com/news/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4583472.
Today I was following the interesting article related to blogging – Power of blogging, I would say, how anyone’s life can be changed. You can read this too “The MBA who quit his job to earn $100,000 doing Excel blogging” @ http://education.in.msn.com/news/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4583472.
LG Electronics (LG) and Microsoft collaborate on developer program for a new mobile platform. LG and Microsoft announced that they are teaming up to provide customers with a free selection of quality applications for LG customers with Windows Phone 7 handsets. LG and Microsoft will subsidize a revolving portfolio of hand-picked applications, providing free access to quality applications that take advantage of the unique features and design of Windows Phone 7.
LG and Microsoft will offer Windows Phone 7 applications across popular categories — including social connectivity, gaming and helpful utilities — ensuring that customers have access to the applications they value most. Ten free applications with a value of more than $30 USD will be given away every 60 days. LG’s Windows Phone 7 customers can download these applications for free (for a period of 60 days) via LG Application Store, which will be accessible directly from LG Windows Phone 7 models.
Selected Windows Phone application developers will be provided with exclusive marketing opportunities and resources to promote their applications with LG. Developers of selected applications will benefit from promotional support through LG’s marketing presence and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace. LG will promote the new applications through in-store sales events and on the LG Mobile Global Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/bltMvp), creating a larger market for developers and bringing them closer to their audiences.
What’s more, LG will also be offering its Windows Phone 7 customers free access to even more applications developed directly by the company. These applications will also be available from the LG Application Store and will span social networking services, such as Type n Walk and Voice SNS, as well as practical tools like Subway AR.
BTW, LG and Microsoft’s developer program will kick off in November. More information can be found at http://www.facebook.com/LGMobileHQ.
Exchange Server 2010 SP1 brings couple of enhancements with respect to GUI and long list of improvements, specially for administrators who want to use Exchange Management Console (EMC) and Exchange Control Panel (ECP) to administer various features. More and more features are exposed in the EMC and ECP, helping Exchange Administrators to manage their Exchange 2010 infrastructure.
Exchange 2010 SP1 brings a long list of improvements. This blog focuses mostly on the GUI enhancements both in EMC and ECP. There are a ton of additional features in Exchange 2010 SP1 that are worth reviewing, some of which may jump out as being more important in your environment than many of the ones that are listed here.
How to Enhance Windows Search using Microsoft Filter Pack?
The Windows Search service can be enhanced by installing the Microsoft Filter Pack, which provides additional IFilters to support critical search scenarios across multiple Microsoft Search products. The Filter Pack includes the following IFilters:
When you install the Filter Pack (which you can download for free), the IFilters in the preceding list are installed and registered with the Windows Search service. The Filter Pack is available for x86 and x64 versions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003
Exchange Search & IFilters: Exchange Search uses IFilters to index text content in different file formats. In order to implement that you need to download the Microsoft Filter Pack. This will install and register IFilters with the Microsoft Windows Indexing Service. These IFilters are used by Microsoft Search products to index the contents of specific document formats.
Office 2007/Exchange Server 2007:
You can download (either x86/x64) Microsoft Filter Pack @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC&displaylang=en. This will install and register IFilters with the Microsoft Windows Indexing Service.
This Filter Pack includes IFilters for the following formats: .docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .zip, .one, .vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, and .vtx. Because Windows Desktop Search (WDS) consumes IFilters from Windows Indexing Service, the IFilters will be automatically registered and available for use by WDS. To register these IFilters with a specific Search product, please see the associated KB article below:
Office 2010 & Exchange Server 2010:
Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs includes filters for Microsoft Office 2010 and Office 2007 file formats. Installation of the Filter Pack is a pre-requisite for Exchange 2010 Mailbox and Hub Transport servers. For details, see Exchange 2010 Prerequisites. The following file name extensions are supported by the filter pack: .docm, .docx, .one, .pptm, .pptx, .vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vsx, .vtx, .xlsb, .xlsm, .xlsx, .zip. For more information and to download the Filter Pack, see Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs.
After you install the Filter Pack, the included IFilters are registered with Windows Search. To allow Exchange 2010 to index Office 2010 file formats, the IFilters must also be registered with Exchange Search.
In Exchange 2010 SP1, Exchange Setup registers the IFilters from Office 2010 Filter Packs with Exchange Search. In the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Exchange 2010, you must register the IFilters with Exchange 2010 by modifying the registry. You must perform this step after you have installed Exchange 2010 RTM on the server.
Please note: In Exchange 2010 RTM, you can meet the prerequisite by installing 2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack. We recommend that you upgrade to the Office 2010 version of the Filter Pack.
Related article: How to Register IFilters 2.0 with Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff354976%28EXCHG.80%29.aspx
Microsoft launches Office 2011 for Mac today, bringing Mac users the latest versions of the company’s productivity software. Per Press pass, two editions will be available: Customers can choose between Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 and Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011.
The release is the latest effort from the Office for Mac team, which has been delivering Microsoft software to the Mac for 13 years. Many of us doesn’t aware that Microsoft has made Mac-compatible versions of Word and Excel for 26 years, ever since there was a Mac?
The new release for Mac is focused on delivering anywhere access, better collaboration, and professional design tools to make it more attractive than previous versions. First and foremost, Outlook is now included in Office 2011 for Mac.
The new Outlook was built from the ground up and works with both on-premises Exchange and the just-announced Office 365, the new cloud service from Office.
Office 2011 has new built-in integration with Windows Live SkyDrive as well as connections to SharePoint so users can manage files and work from any location.
With Office Web Apps, Mac consumers can edit Office documents straight from their browser.
The release’s new co-authoring tools let users edit the same Word document or PowerPoint presentation simultaneously with other people in different locations who are using Office 2011 for Mac or Office 2010 for Windows.
They can also quickly share presentations with anyone who has browser access through PowerPoint broadcasting.
Microsoft introduced a new gaming hub that connects its three major social gaming portals, blurring the line between casual and social gameplay. The Microsoft Game Hub is a new feature that starting today appears in a similar way on MSN Games, Bing Games and Windows Live Messenger, effectively allowing anyone who uses any one of those different sites to play the same games, see their friends’ status updates, and send each other game challenges.
Microsoft rolled out the Microsoft Game Hub, which helps fans of casual games like Bejeweled play and interact socially across MSN Games, Bing Games and Windows Live Messenger.
In tandem with the Microsoft Game Hub, the company also today announced that the MSN Games site has been completely rebuilt, the games experience on Windows Live Messenger has been updated, and Bing Games has been expanded internationally.
Microsoft Corp. today announced it has sold 1 million Kinect for Xbox 360 units worldwide in 10 days and is on pace to hit 5 million by the end of the year. The announcement comes a week before the biggest selling day of the year, Black Friday, and in the wake of increasing momentum for Xbox 360, which led U.S. video game console sales for the past four months.
This shows the early customer demand for controller-free entertainment solidifies biggest year in Xbox history. Microsoft also recently announced that the more than 25 million Xbox LIVE members have spent more than 1 billion hours on the service a month, an average of over 40 hours per member.
More information on Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360 is available at http://www.xbox.com/Kinect or http://www.facebook.com/xbox.
Today at the Supercomputing (SC) 2010 conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the release of NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure. The new application enables a broader community of scientists to combine desktop resources with the power of cloud computing for critical biological research. At the conference, Microsoft showcased the enormous scale of the application on Windows Azure, demonstrating its use for 100 billion comparisons of protein sequences in a database managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
Researchers in bioinformatics, energy, drug research and many other fields use the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) to sift through large databases, to help identify new animal species, improve drug effectiveness and produce biofuels, and for other purposes. NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure provides a user-friendly Web interface and access to Windows Azure cloud computing for very large BLAST computations, as well as smaller-scale operations. The application will allow scientists to use and collaborate with their private data collections, as well as data hosted on Windows Azure, including NCBI public protein data collections and the results of Microsoft’s large protein comparison.
Announcements at Supercomputing 2010 conference highlight Microsoft’s efforts to bring technical computing to the mainstream. The NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure software is available from Microsoft at no cost, and Windows Azure resources are available at no charge to many researchers through Microsoft’s Global Cloud Research Engagement Initiative. More information is available at http://research.microsoft.com/azure and you can get more info at Microsoft Press pass also.
Last night, New York’s famed Times Square went controller-free, as the Crossroads of the World was transformed into a dancing, singing, A-list celebration for today’s North American launch of Kinect for Xbox 360. A full day of demos, star-studded appearances and a massive, choreographed dance routine culminated in an excited line of thousands of fans eagerly waiting to take home the future of home entertainment, now available at more than 30,000 retailers nationwide.
Xbox 360 took over Times Square today draping it in purple and hosting a dance party with thousands to celebrate the launch of its newest product, Kinect, which lets you be the controller.
You don’t need to have a controller to play Microsoft Xbox hereafter. That’s true that with the new version – Kinect for Xbox 360 Simply step in front of the revolutionary sensor, and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and learns how you play. No buttons. No barriers. No controllers. Just you. With 17 Kinect games available this holiday season — including dance, fitness, sports, racing and family experiences — Kinect gets everyone in the family off the couch, on their feet and in the game.
Frank Sanchez Jr. & Mark Wahlberg Attend the Kinect for Xbox 360 Launch with Boys & Girls Club of America - Frank Sanchez Jr. President and CEO, Boys And Girls Clubs of America and Mark Wahlberg with Boys and Girls Club members attend the Kinect for Xbox 360 Launch with Boys & Girls Club of America in Times Square on November 3, 2010 in New York City.
Simply, Kinect transforms Times Square into a celebration of controller-free fun
More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/Kinect or http://www.facebook.com/xbox.
You can follow the Office 365… - using the Facebook http://www.facebook.com/office365 - using the Twitter http://www.twitter.com/office365 - using the YouTube http://www.youtube.com/office365 - visit the blog http://office365.microsoft.com/en-US/online-services.aspx - visit the Web http://office365.com
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate (RC) helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides on-going improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate will help you:
Download: You can download and try the Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack1 Release Candidate. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate includes previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms. Improvements: You can refer the following documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate. It includes Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate Notable Changes and Test Guidance.
Have questions? Also you can find the FAQ regarding Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack1 Release Candidate (RC), which answers your queries. BTW, based on FAQ Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011
Microsoft Australia today released the ninth volume of its Security Intelligence Report (SIR v9) into internet security, which exposes the extent to which botnets are providing a launch pad for cybercrime such as spam, phishing, identity theft, click fraud, and advance fee fraud. BTW, a botnet is described as a computer connected to the Internet that has been set up to forward transmissions (including spam or viruses) to other computers on the Internet, without the knowledge of the computer owner. For more information on this, you can refer the Microsoft Australia's Press pass page.
You can send and receive text messages from your e-mail account if you're using a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone or you've downloaded and installed the Outlook Mobile Update on your Windows Mobile 6.1 phone. This functionality is known as SMS Sync.
To enable text message synchronization on a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone or a later version that's synchronized with a Microsoft Exchange account, use the following steps.
Note: An update is required for Windows Mobile 6.1 phones. This update can be downloaded and installed on your phone after it's synchronized successfully with an Exchange server that supports SMS Sync.
After you've set up your mobile phone to synchronize text messages with your e-mail account, you'll receive an e-mail message titled Send and receive mobile text messages on your computer. Text messages from your mobile phone will be synchronized to your mailbox and will appear in either the Inbox or the Text Message folder.
To start sending text messages from your e-mail account, close and reopen Outlook 2010 or Outlook Web App. To send a new text message, click Text Message in the New drop-down menu. When you click Send, the message will be synchronized from your mailbox to your phone and then sent through your phone.
Note: Normal text message fees apply and will appear on your phone bill.
Depending on your synchronization settings, there might be a short delay before your text message is sent from your phone. To avoid delays, set ActiveSync on your phone to synchronize items as they arrive instead of on a schedule.
To set ActiveSync on your phone to synchronize items as they arrive, use the following steps.
Note: We don't recommend that you choose a synchronization schedule of as items arrive unless you have an unlimited mobile phone data plan.
Recently i received the following error while try to browse the following /autodiscover/Autodiscover.xml">https://<servername>/autodiscover/Autodiscover.xml or /ews/exchange.asmx">https://<servername>/ews/exchange.asmx:
Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.Exchange.Diagnostics, Version=220.127.116.11, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.
Exception Details: System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.Exchange.Diagnostics, Version=18.104.22.168, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.
Assembly Load Trace: The following information can be helpful to determine why the assembly 'Microsoft.Exchange.Diagnostics, Version=22.214.171.124, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' could not be loaded.
WRN: Assembly binding logging is turned OFF. To enable assembly bind failure logging, set the registry value [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion!EnableLog] (DWORD) to 1. Note: There is some performance penalty associated with assembly bind failure logging. To turn this feature off, remove the registry value [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion!EnableLog].
[FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.Exchange.Diagnostics, Version=126.96.36.199, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.] Microsoft.Exchange.Services.AuthorizationModule.Init(HttpApplication context) +0 System.Web.HttpApplication.InitModulesCommon() +135 System.Web.HttpApplication.InitInternal(HttpContext context, HttpApplicationState state, MethodInfo handlers) +2601588 System.Web.HttpApplicationFactory.GetNormalApplicationInstance(HttpContext context) +347 System.Web.HttpApplicationFactory.GetApplicationInstance(HttpContext context) +139 System.Web.HttpRuntime.ProcessRequestInternal(HttpWorkerRequest wr) +196
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:2.0.50727.1434; ASP.NET Version:2.0.50727.1434
During the analysis, i noticed that the issue had happened as it could not load the assembly Microsoft.Exchange.Diagnostics due to incorrect entry in the application web.config file. I followed the below steps to over come the issue specified in the KB.
If the problem is occurring with /autodiscover/autodiscover.xml">https://<servername>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml
Take a backup of web.config in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\Autodiscover". - Open web.config from C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\Autodiscover in notepad. - Replace all "file:///%ExchangeInstallDir%" with "file:///C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\" where C is the drive where Exchange is installed. - Save the file. - Open an Administrator command prompt and run IISreset /noforce - Test browsing /autodiscover/autodiscover.xml">https://<servername>/autodiscover/autodiscover.xml
If the problem is occurring with /ews/exchange.asmx">https://<servername>/ews/exchange.asmx
Take a backup of web.config in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\exchweb\ews". - Open web.config from C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\exchweb\ews in notepad. - Replace all "file:///%ExchangeInstallDir%" with "file:///C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\" where C is the drive where Exchange is installed. - Save the file. - Open an Administrator command prompt and run IISreset /noforce - Test browsing /ews/exchange.asmx">https://<servername>/ews/exchange.asmx
Hope this helps.
Just to update you that PDC 2010 is on, and you can watch it online (i am watching now :) ). Right now I am attending Jeff’s Real Games Analysis and Optimization of XNA Framework Games for Windows Phone session. Earlier i watched Shawn Hargreaves’ session. If you’re a Windows Phone 7 app or games developer, then you have couple of sessions to watch out…
Things I Wish I Knew Three Months Ago about Building Windows Phone 7 Applications
Jaime Rodriguez Thursday, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (GMT-7) (Add to your calendar)
The Windows Phone clients for Twitter and Facebook are two new, native-looking Windows Phone applications. Come hear about all the lessons learned while developing these applications. Gain insights about the UX as well as development/architecture patterns for building great, well-behaved, native-looking Windows Phone 7 apps.
Optimizing Performance for Silverlight Windows Phone 7 Applications
Oren Nachman Thursday, 3:15 P.M. - 4:15 P.M. (GMT-7) (Add to your calendar)
Hear about the key tips, tricks, and common mistakes that we uncovered by analyzing several real world applications. See demos of how real apps are debugged. Also learn how to write world class applications with animations running at 60fps.
Things You Need to Know Before Building XNA Games for Windows Phone 7
Shawn Hargreaves Friday, 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (GMT-7) (Add to your calendar)
So you have a cool idea for a game. This session covers some of the less obvious things you will need to know to turn your idea into reality when using XNA Game Studio for Windows Phone. Topics include how to choose the best orientation and resolution, how game content differs from typical productivity or web applications, how to deal with tombstoning, how to speed up load times, and how to proceed if you are interested in getting access to Xbox LIVE on the phone.
Real-World Analysis and Optimization of XNA Framework Games on Windows Phone 7
Jeff Petkau Friday, 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (GMT-7) (Add to your calendar)
Good code design, performance tips, and a solid understanding of the platform are all essential to game development. Learn how to use the Microsoft Advanced Technology Group's (ATG) battle-tested techniques to find and fix performance-killing issues in Windows Phone 7 XNA Framework game code. Also, hear about real-world analysis and optimization of XNA Framework games on Windows Phone 7.
3-Screen Coding: Sharing Code between Windows Phone, Silverlight, and .NET
Shawn Burke Thursday, 4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. (GMT-7) (Add to your calendar)
Get a preview of upcoming Visual Studio features that will allow you to share code between Microsoft .NET platforms. You’ll learn how to structure applications to maximize the amount of shared code, how to write an app that’s used across Silverlight Desktop and Windows Phone, and how to build business logic and helper functions that work across all 3 screen types plus the cloud.
Building Windows Phone 7 applications with the Windows Azure Platform
Steve Marx Thursday, 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (GMT-7) (Add to your calendar)
Learn how to build Windows Phone 7 applications that are backed by scalable cloud components hosted in Windows Azure. This demo-heavy session will cover best practices relating to communication, authentication, and data synchronization between phone applications and cloud components.
On Demand Sessions
The Rich Mobile Web – Today and Tomorrow
Joe Marini (On demand recording)
Learn how to plan and design for today's - and tomorrow's - Rich Mobile Web, whether you have an existing site that you want to get mobilized or are starting from scratch.
Making Money with the Windows Phone Marketplace
Karen Luk (On Demand recording)
In Windows Phone 7, Microsoft provides a central mechanism for distributing your application or game to all Windows Phone users: the Windows Phone Marketplace. In this session, we’ll review the high level workings of the Marketplace, but more importantly, we’ll drill deep into the functional criteria your application must meet, and the practices you should use in order to meet them.
You can get the full list from the client devices: http://player.microsoftpdc.com/Schedule/Filter/ClientDevices and the entire PDC 2010 available at http://player.microsoftpdc.com/Schedule/Sessions.
Enjoy the sessions!!
With Xbox LIVE, a whole world of extraordinary entertainment experiences awaits, including streaming music, HD movies, live sporting events, Facebook, Twitter, Video chat and more…
ESPN on Xbox 360: With Kinect and ESPN you don't just watch the game, you live the game. With thousands of sporting events and the interactive social network of Xbox LIVE, ESPN on Xbox 360 brings the excitement of a stadium experience into your living room…
Friends and family: Video Kinect™ lets you connect with family and friends from the comfort of your living room. The Kinect camera captures a full room view and even automatically zooms to capture everyone in the room. Connect with friends on Windows Live Messenger or chat from one Xbox 360 to another…
Bring your gamer friends with you wherever you go. With Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone 7, you can see who’s online and what your friends are doing on their consoles, PCs, or Windows 7 phones
Learn more about this…
Movies and music: Listen to music, watch a film or TV show, connect with your friends in real-time. Zune on Xbox 360 delivers HD movies in the clearest, eye-popping instant-on 1080p. You can access your favorite music and buy music videos too… Learn more about this…
Windows Phone 7: Game on the go and connect with friends wherever you are. Access your Xbox LIVE account right from your Windows Phone 7 and see what your friends are up to on Xbox LIVE. Add some edge to your gaming repertoire with mobile tips and tricks, track your gamer score, or deck out your avatar with the latest duds. Also stay in the game with the only phone with Xbox LIVE built in. Whether you’re waiting for the bus, traveling out of town, or just kicking back around the house, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE will keep your life in motion and put mobile gaming
Streaming music: Bring a party to life with Last.fm and listen to the world's largest online music catalog - including all your favorite songs - on your Xbox 360. Discover tons of new music and listen to personalized radio stations powered by millions of music fans. Learn more about this…
Use your voice: Kinect uses advanced entertainment technology to respond to the sound of your voice. Just say “Xbox” to reveal a series of voice commands. So you’ll be able to control HD movies with the sound of your voice—no remote required
On October 27, 2010 Microsoft Lync 2010 moved into the final engineering milestone - the next release of Office Communications Server and Communicator - also known as Release to Manufacturing, or RTM. For more information you can refer Kirk’s blogpost on the TechNet blog.
Recently I tried to install Zune Software in my PC, encountered installation failed with the error code: 0x80070643 and message “Setup must stop because the required package ‘Zune"’ didn’t install.
Done research and found the following Microsoft support knowledge base article – states that “A required component cannot be installed when you try to install the Zune software”. This issue may occur when software updates that are required by the Zune software are not available when you try to install the Zune software. The following required updates are available from the Microsoft Update website:
To obtain all required updates in one package, follow these steps:
This resolved the issue. Based on the above support KB, you may also receive one of these error messages when trying to install the following products:
Lync Server 2010 ushers in a new connected experience transforming communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging and accessible from any location with internet connectivity. A single interface unites voice, IM, audio-, video-, and web-conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering and a single identity makes it easier and more efficient for users to find contacts, check their availability and connect with them. Lync Server 2010 works consistently with Microsoft Office, enriching the experience of familiar applications like Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft SharePoint, and more.
Try a fully functional version of Lync Server 2010 RC in your own environment. You can download it from: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/try-it_lync.aspx?CR_CC=200004695. This download includes both Microsoft® Lync™ Server 2010 and Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 (client).
Microsoft announced the road forward for IronRuby and IronPython. These two dynamic language implementations that incubated internally the last few years. We have released several versions of both language environments (IronPython releases and IronRuby releases), and all of the source code has been released under open source licenses (recently moved to Apache License V2.0). For more information, refer Jason’s blogpost “New Components and Contributors” talks about this.
Do you know Windows 7 turns one on Oct. 22? Happy first anniversary, Windows 7!!
In the space of a year, the company sold more than 240 million licenses, a record for a Microsoft operating system’s first year. Windows 7 – it’s been a busy year. Since the new operating system launched worldwide a year ago, Microsoft has sold more than 240 million licenses.
Windows 7 at One Year
People are four times more likely to recommend Windows 7 to a colleague or friend than they were a year ago, and in its first five months, the number of IT professionals recommending Windows 7 surpassed those recommending Windows XP.
In addition, as Windows 7 marks its one-year anniversary, it:
• Has sold more than 240 million licenses worldwide
• Has a customer satisfaction rate of 94%*
• Is on more than 1.2 billion Windows PCs worldwide
• Is on 93 percent of new consumer PCs, as of September
• Has over 17 percent of the global operating system share**
• Has inspired nearly 90 percent of companies to upgrade or start upgrading to the new OS
• On average, can save companies US$140 per PC per year, and a 131 percent return on investment in the first year
** Net Applications, October 1, 2010
Anticipation for Kinect swells with sold-out pre-orders, ad campaign launch, special appearances on two of America’s top daytime talk shows. Today, the countdown to Kinect begins, as Microsoft Corp. announced the launch of a multiyear advertising campaign and revealed the complete line-up of 17 controller-free games that will transform living rooms around the world starting on Nov. 4.
With 17 Kinect-enabled titles debuting in November, Kinect for Xbox 360 offers something for gamers (and nongamers) of every stripe.
• “Kinect Adventures” (Good Science Studio/Microsoft Game Studios), included with every Kinect sensor Float in outer space. Experience the thrill of roaring rapids. Tackle mountaintop obstacle courses. And dive into the deep sea to save a leaky underwater observatory — all from your living room. With “Kinect Adventures,” you are the controller as you jump, dodge and kick your way through exciting adventures set in a variety of exotic locations. “Kinect Adventures” is designed with something for everyone to enjoy and will be available with every Kinect sensor and Kinect bundle sold.
•“Kinectimals” (Frontier Developments Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios), limited collector edition. “Kinectimals” invites children, their parents and animal lovers of all ages to build lasting friendships with some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Just like real pets, your feline cubs will come running when they hear your voice, respond to commands such as “jump,” “roll over” and “play dead,” and purr with joy when you scratch them behind their ears. Limited collector’s editions of the “Kinectimals” game packaged with a 7” plush toy that unlocks a new animal and toy in the game will be available exclusively at Toys “R” Us and GameStop.
•“Game Party™: In Motion” (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) The popular party game value series comes to Kinect for Xbox 360. “Game Party: In Motion” lets players engage in true-to-life motions with 16 games appealing to people of all ability levels, ranging from sports such as Hoop Shoot and Darts to arcade and party games, including Rootbeer Tapper, Table Hockey and more.
•“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 The Videogame” (Electronic Arts/EA Bright Light) “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 The Videogame” is the most challenging yet, packed from start to finish with action and combat. Playing as Harry, you are on the run from the opening sequence, fighting for survival on a desperate and dangerous quest to locate and destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes. And with 22 exclusive Kinect challenges, conjure the weapons of magical warfare where your motions make the magic, only on Xbox 360.
•“Your Shape™: Fitness Evolved” (Ubisoft) With Kinect for Xbox 360 and “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved,” you will experience the most advanced fitness technology available, your way and on your schedule. The advanced feedback system detects when your body is out of alignment and coaches you to correct your form. Personalize your workout, challenge your friends and share your progress while achieving real results.
•“Dance Central” (MTV Games/Harmonix) From the creators of “Rock Band” comes the next great music experience: “Dance Central,” the first controller-free, body tracking, fully immersive dance video game that helps you take your moves to the next level. Featuring more than 90 routines and 650 dance moves, every routine has authentic choreography for beginners and experts alike to master, alongside a killer soundtrack that spans today’s current pop, hip-hop and R&B artists. You won’t just learn the dance moves — you’ll own the dance floor.
•“The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout” (THQ) Based on the hit television show, “The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout” comes to Kinect offering the ultimate workout experience. Complete your fitness program using the interactive motion control sensors providing real-time feedback. From a body analyzer and recipes to personalized tips and a video diary to track your journey, “The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout” fitness game has it all to drop the weight and change your life.
• “DanceMasters” (Konami) The pioneer of the franchise that started the dance game craze, Konami introduces a brand new way to experience music and rhythm. The next generation in full-body dancing is finally here.
•“EA SPORTS Active 2” (EA SPORTS) “EA SPORTS Active 2” with Total Body Tracking will combine motion tracking from Kinect and heart rate data from the included wireless heart rate monitor to provide true fitness results. Users will be able to track and share their workout data online through automatic uploading from their online connected Xbox 360 consoles to their personalized EA SPORTS Active profile.
• “Zumba Fitness®” (Majesco) Join the party with “Zumba Fitness,” a one-of-a-kind, dance fitness workout set to sexy, high-energy Latin and international music. Find your rhythm and let go as “Zumba” instructor fan favorites Gina Grant, Tanya Beardsley and “Zumba” creator, Beto, guide you through 30 routines that will work you into a sweat and make you forget you’re even exercising.
• “Kinect Sports” (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios) The first full-body, controller-free sports game that lets you physically compete with friends over Xbox LIVE, “Kinect Sports” is so real, you will almost feel the wind in your hair as you fly over hurdles and the sand in your toes as you set, bump and spike your way to volleyball victory. With six full sports — Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Track & Field, Boxing, Bowling and Table Tennis — “Kinect Sports” is the only title with a Team vs. Team mode, allowing the whole family to play in a fast-paced tournament style competition.
• “MotionSports™” (Ubisoft) Grab your friends and rush the living room, it is time to catapult into the wide world of “MotionSports.” Race down the slopes of a Super G slalom, score a mind-blowing penalty kick, duck-and-run your way to a game-winning touchdown, or throw punches at the champ as you test your skills in more than 40 awesome sports challenges. The “MotionSports” live in-game commentary will follow your hits and misses, as you compete to go from local hero to a global sports phenomenon.
• “DECA SPORTS FREEDOM” (Hudson Entertainment) Hudson Entertainment is taking sports to the next level with 10 sporting events you play using your own body in “DECA SPORTS FREEDOM.” No controller necessary — just move yourself as if you were playing the sport in real life. Spin, throw and smash your way to victory across all of the included events: tennis, boxing, archery, paintball, beach volleyball, dodge ball, kendo, mogul skiing, snowboard cross, and even figure skating.
• “Kinect Joy Ride” (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios) “Kinect Joy Ride,” the first controller-free racing game, will take you and your friends on the ride of your lives — no driver’s license required. “Kinect Joy Ride” combines wild kart-racing excitement with the effortless fun of full-body gaming possible only with Kinect for Xbox 360. Go solo or compete with up to eight players over Xbox LIVE to take on the world.
•“ADRENALIN MISFITS” (Konami) “Adrenalin Misfits” thrusts gamers into unbelievable fantasy worlds with exciting, sideways-stance boarding battles in amazing environments. It's not just a race, it’s a battle!
•“Fighters Uncaged” (Ubisoft) Charge head-first into the vicious world of illegal free-fighting tournaments, where you will use every muscle in your body to battle your way to the top. Forced into a secret tournament, Simon must use what he learned from his father, an ex-boxing champ, as he faces off against violent combatants who will brutally unleash a range of mixed martial arts attacks to take him down. No guns. No blades. Your body is the deadly weapon.
•“SONIC FREE RIDERS™” (SEGA) Sonic is speeding onto Kinect for Xbox 360 in an action-packed experience unlike any other. Become your favourite character as you jump on your board and compete in adrenaline-fuelled races against tough competition. For the first time use full-motion body control to twist and turn your way through a range of stunning courses. For more information, visit http://www.kinectholiday.com and Microsoft News Center’s Press Pass. Also follow Kinect on Facebook as we tour the world, transforming how people experience games and entertainment. More information is available at http://www.facebook.com/xbox.
Are you ready for the party?