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My name is Kirti Deshpande and I am a Program Manager in the Mobile Services division of Microsoft. I have previously worked in the .NET Development Platform division, more specifically on the AJAX Control Toolkit and Silverlight controls. Before that I was in the Office team working on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

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    Me, Myself and My Phone

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    I apologize for being so inactive on my blog for the past few months. I switched to the Mobile Services division in June to work on a V1 consumer mobile service - My Phone. Microsoft My Phone has had so much buzz even before it was released. However,...
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    Using UpdatePanels with ModalPopups

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    Moving an old post over from my old Technet blog to this MSDN blog. One of the most frequently asked questions on the Toolkit forums and at MIX after Shawn's demo was how to get UpdatePanels to work right with ModalPopups . The trick is to understand...
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    Spinning-in-Control

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    In my previous blog post I talked about how easily you could achieve a spinning/rotator functionality in Silverlight with existing controls. I promised that I would come back with a more reusable solution, so here it goes. A more organized attempt...
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    Spinning out of control!

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    What's going on? Well...I was wondering what control to explore this week. Currently I have my Sherlock hat on and trying to filter down the list of necessary controls using the Silverlight framework to meet the most common Rich Internet Application requirements...
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    Community in Control!

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    Lately my Toolkit tasks involve working with passionate members who are making it a great, self-sustaining community project. How is that? They are contributing in the following two ways: Patches : Patches are mostly for small bug fixes or feature additions...
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    Why don't you Slide-r?

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    In this post, I hope to give an introduction to the Silverlight Slider that is part of the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 SDK and share with you some interesting usage scenarios that demonstrate how to use the Slider API's and change its default look and feel....
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    Struck by Silver-lightening!

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    The cat is out of the bag, yes, Silverlight 2 Beta 1 is now available for everybody to download and use. My past few months have been spent learning Silverlight 2 and building Silverlight 2 controls. Controls I worked on: I was on the team responsible...
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    Feb 29th Toolkit Release!

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    You can experience the new Toolkit here . As has been the case with the last couple of releases, it includes binaries and source for both .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 3.5. Please post any issues you run into on our forums . Mucho thanks to our...
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    Toolkit for .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

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    We have created a new Toolkit release 11119 that goes hand in hand with the official release from the Developer Division in Microsoft of the product code-named "Orcas" that packages a new version of Visual Studio and a new .NET Framework . We have introduced...
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    Rich Text Editor is here

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    I am super excited to announce that Kannan Sundararajan , my colleague at Microsoft, has written a Rich Text Editor control using ASP.NET and JavaScript and shared it under the MS-PL license on CodePlex. It has a very rich feature set and Kannan hopes...
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    Custom Tabs

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    Shawn , the grand Toolkit poobah and my manager, forwarded me a great post by Andrew Cushen that talks about some of the quirks that one runs into when styling Tabs in the Ajax Control Toolkit. We will look into the issue that requires the workarounds...
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    How do I contribute to the Toolkit?

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    We have been brainstorming ideas to get community contributions in the Toolkit for almost a year now. After long deliberation we now have a plan and would like to try it out. If these are some questions on your mind? How do I fix a bug in the Toolkit...
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    Blog anachronisms

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    I have been moving some of my Technet blog posts over to this blog that I think are still relevant, although, adding them now has resulted in a chronological disarray that may make my blog seem a little confusing. I hope that it should not be the case...
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    How to make localization in the Toolkit work for you?

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    FAQ # ...: Why does the Toolkit add resources binaries to a website's bin directory? To explain the motivation behind this I have put up a wiki on our CodePlex site that details how to make the most of the Localization features without getting overwhelmed...
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    Cascading AutoComplete

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    We have received a lot of feedback from users about not being able to pass additional information to the AutoComplete webservice which limits their usage of the extender. We decided to absorb that input and add support to all extenders that issue XmlHttpRequests...
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    Toolkit Showcase

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    We are compiling a list of websites to showcase on the Toolkit page that is a part of the ASP.NET website . Details on how the page will end up looking like have not been fleshed out yet. Just like this ASP.NET AJAX showcase displays interesting websites...
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    Patch it!

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    Before I embark on the Patch tool rattle... The Toolkit is a Shared Source Project and builds on top of the Microsoft ASP.Net AJAX technology, formerly known as Atlas. It releases code under the MS-PL license . We have around 15 contributors from around...
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    SlideShow navigation

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    I have written a simple example that uses the SlideShow extender and demonstrates some of its cool features. The sample... provides additional context to the user by showing the previous and next slides by hooking into the 'slideChanging' event...
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    Toolkit Release 10920

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    This has been a long awaited release and has lots of important bug fixes. We were unable to get the Test Framework ready in time and hope to get that out later. The release notes talk about it in detail at this new sample website location . The binaries...
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    Community Contributions in Toolkit release 10920

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    When I wrote my previous blog post I was in a rush to make the release announcement because we had a lot of users waiting eagerly for it. But I did not get a chance to thank our users who contributed patches to the Toolkit and made the release a success...
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    Piece of web-art

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    For the past few days I have been working on a Silverlight demo along with David and Ted that our management is planning to present to internal folks. Since we did not have a Designer who would "pretty" it up, making the demo look polished and...
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    Welcome!

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    Why a new blog? I talk about the reasons behind the shift here . This blog is a continuation of my Technet blog . I will no longer be posting on Technet. I will port the posts over someday when migration is simpler and/or when I have time to spare. What...
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