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June, 2009

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    It came in as a total surprise and yes, I first learnt it via facebook! It’s ‘kind of’ sad that MJ passed away today. Regardless of his past, his scandals, his eccentricities he had one good quality that is ‘Music’ for that he’ll always be remembered. I grew up in a generation where he is still the King of Pop!

    But three deaths in a row and several interesting facebook comments made me think about life! Really, do we sweat the small stuff a lot? You know! We live in a constant worry of one thing or another. Our entire lives are spent chasing one thing after another there’s no end to all this until we actually die. And then unfortunately, the only thing that remains is our legacy, our kith and kin, and in essence people only remember how we touched their life nothing of your past life matters unless it’s lived for the other person. Do good, be good, live good!

    In short, it was an eye opening day! It reminded me to start living a life! Because after the game, both the king and the pawn go to the same box.

    RIP MJ!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows 7 Pre-Order/half off Offer…


    windows-7-logo-3 This is an unbelievable offer on Windows 7. Pre-order Windows 7 today at Microsoft Store. You'll get it for at least half off and be one of the first to get it. Hurry, quantities are limited.*

    It's pretty simple

    Windows 7 is coming on October 22, 2009. Here's an easy way to get it fast and save a bundle: Pre-order a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49 or a Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99 at Microsoft Store.   That's about half off the estimated retail prices.

    For more information about the offer go to the Windows team blog or go to the Windows 7 Product page.

    And before you can buy, Know about What it take to run Windows 7 



    Here’s a basic overview of the features in different SKUs:









    See the top features


    Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation.




    Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often.




    Make your web experience faster, easier and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8.




    Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV on your PC.




    Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup.




    Run many Windows XP productivity programs in Windows XP Mode.




    Connect to company networks easily and more securely with Domain Join.




    Recover your data easily with automatic backup to your home and business network.




    Help protect data on your PC and portable storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker.



    Work in the language of your choice and switch between any of 35 languages.




    -Mithun Dhar

    * The offer begins on June 26, 2009 and will continue while supplies last, or until July 11, 2009, whichever comes first.

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    Microsoft Hohm…


    clip_image002[4]Want to save energy and money? Want to go green? Well, if you answered yes! look no further. Today, Microsoft launched Hohm. Microsoft Hohm is a free online beta application that helps you save energy and money.

    It’s basically a very smart application that takes in users energy usage and recommends a plan to conserve energy and thus save money. As with any recommendation engine, it gets better as its users contribute home energy input and feedback.

    One of the objectives during our beta period is to refine our tool and further increase the value our product can offer to you.

    Microsoft Hohm uses advanced analytics licensed from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Department of Energy to give you personalized energy saving recommendations.

    You can also compare your energy usage with others in the area. This is revolutionary and one of the first products that helps you see your ‘energy bill’ in a ‘smart’ way!

    Sign up and start saving now. It’s free:  www.microsoft-hohm.com

    · Blog: http://blog.microsoft-hohm.com

    · Give us feedback: www.getsatisfaction.com/microsoft_hohm

    · Follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/microsofthohm

    · Become on Fan on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/hohmfb

    While you are here don’t forget to watch a short film about Hohm on Channel9 - http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/NicFill/Introducing-Microsoft-Hohm-Save-Energy--Money/

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Seattle Job Social this evening in Seattle…


    The Seattle Job Social is meeting at Twist this evening in downtown Seattle. If you have not already sent your resume and RSVP’d do so right away! RSVP with your résumé to invite@SeattleJobSocial.com


    Twist Belltown

    2313 1st Avenue

    Seattle WA

    Starts: 6:00 PM

    Also you can follow on Twitter @SEAjobSocial

    or join out LinkedIn Group (http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1905549&trk=hb_side_g)

    or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=44336508621 or


    Some of the companies representing are:

    • NCSoft

    • Expedia

    • Amazon

    • Premera

    • Clearwire

    • New York Life

    • WhitePages

    • Liberty Mutual

    • SEOmoz

    • Moss Adams

    • Intellectual Ventures

    • Visible Technologies

    • Topaz Bridge

    • Avanade

    • Softchoice

    • Gist (Tentative)

    • Starbucks

    • Vertafore

    • Ascentium

    • Sabey Corporation

    • Verticalmove

    • Parker Technologies

    • Rylem

    • Comsys

    • Wimmer Solutions

    • Chameleon Technologies

    • Mactus Group

    • Xtreme Consulting Group

    • Protingent

    And many others…

    See you there!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows 7 RC updates…


    I hope most of you are already running Windows 7 RC! The download will cease to exist on Aug 15th. After that, you won’t be able to get the download, but you can still install the RC and get a key if you need one. (To get a key, just go to the Downloads page and follow the instructions.)

    And if you are already using Windows 7 RC, you know what to do to make it better. Feedback! Feedback! Feedback! Remember, it’s your Operating System and You can make it help better! Just go to http://input.microsoft.com and give us any information that will help make this release better than the previous one.

    And, if you are still running Beta – Upgrade ASAP. Starting July 1st, the Beta will start to reboot every 2 hrs and expire Aug 1st.

    If for some reason, you cannot download the RC bits and need Media, let me know. If you need media for your customers or User Groups, or any other event let me know and I can ship you a box.

    -Mithun Dhar

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    More Silverlight ‘Wins’….


    I was reading our Platform Advisor/Architect Evangelist – Sam Chenaur’s blog and noticed he had two really good pieces of information that I think is important to showcase Silverlight’s power in the RIA platform play…

    1. John L. Scott Real Estate Enables Online Social Networking with Live Services

    John L. Scott Real Estate (JLS) is delivering a unique social marketing solution, called JLSconnect, that makes it easier for buyers to shop for a home and it will help JLS agents win new business and keep customers.  By building this new solution using Microsoft Live Services and a Software+Services approach, John L. Scott was able to deliver unique customer value quickly and cost-effectively.  Read more about this exciting application via Sam Chenaur’s blog.


    2. Two Seattle Startups, Cootendy and Overcast Media, adopt Silverlight 

    Read more about these exciting companies and their adoption of Silverlight via Sam Chenaur’s blog post.

    This is great news! Follow Sam’s blog more closely for some really interesting updates :)


    Enjoy the weekend!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows 7 Compat virtual roundtable with Mark Russinovich...


    Mark's my favorite speaker! He's by far the most knowledgeable speaker on Windows. In about 10 minutes get ready to be edutained!


    Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable

    Windows 7 Application Compatibility: Your Questions Answered (Part 1)


    Date:  Thursday, June 18

    Time:  11:00am Pacific Time




    Windows 7, is approaching fast and from the application standpoint is very similar to Windows Vista. We’re going to examine Windows 7 application compatibility not only from the perspective of moving from Windows Vista, but also for those coming from Windows XP. Join us to discuss the most common challenges around application compatibility when coming from a legacy operating system, why changes were made along the way, compatibility technologies inside the OS and methods for getting incompatible applications to run on Windows 7. Along the way we share tips and tricks, demonstrate free tools to analyze and fix applications and answer your specific questions about application compatibility live.


    In Part 2 of this Virtual Round Table discussion (planned for later this Summer/Fall), we’ll discuss the options and approaches for using virtualization tools In depth to address application incompatibilities – including presentation virtualization, desktop virtualization and application virtualization. We’ll be sending out more details and posting information to www.microsoft.com/springboard for part 2 as the dates are finalized.


    As part of the “virtual” experience, you may submit your questions about Windows 7 Application Compatibility to the panel live during the event—or submit questions in advance to vrtable@microsoft.com.

    Springboard Series: The resource for Windows desktop IT professionals



    -Mithun Dhar

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    Visit India…(great online deal!)


    I just got my usual Spam for the day and I noticed this great deal for India. $1199 all inclusive – Air & Accommodation. And being from India I think its a great time of the year to visit. But be warned the weather in Mar and Apr gets really, really hot.

    Hey my tickets alone usually cost $1400 to $2000 depending on the airline and time of travel. So this is definitely a hot deal…

    If you are interested, check this out:

    $1199 -- India: Upscale Package w/Tours, Elephant Ride & Air
    Source: Gate 1 Travel


    Here’s the details from Travelzoo (Reliable website for your travel deals):

    $1199 -- India: Upscale Package w/Tours, Elephant Ride & Air* new

    Delhi, Agra, Jaipur

    Top 20 deal - sells out quickly!

    Travel dates: Select dates October-April

    By Andrew Bradick
    Travelzoo Staff

    Explore India in prime fall and winter season and save at least $500 OFF similar packages in the market with this new $1199 five-night/eight-day deal from Gate 1 Travel.

    This package includes visits to India's famed Golden Triangle -- Delhi, the capital; Agra, home to the Taj Mahal; and Jaipur, the exotic "Pink City." An additional tour highlight includes an elephant ride to Amber Fort.

    This special offer includes:

    • Roundtrip airfare from New York City to Delhi
    • Upscale hotel accommodations -- one night at The Metropolitan in Delhi, two nights at Gateway Hotel Fatehabad in Agra and two nights at the Ramada Jaipur in Jaipur
    • Six meals: five breakfasts and one dinner
    • All transfers
    • Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern, air-conditioned coach and services of an English-speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees per itinerary
    • Airline fuel surcharges

    This deal is valid for the following departure dates: Oct. 7; Nov. 4, 18, 25; Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3; March 3, 17, 31; April 14

    To Book: Call Gate 1 Travel at 800-682-3333 and request the eight-day Golden Triangle of India package. Be sure to use promo code TZIN100 to get the $100 per person discount.

    For those who prefer to book online, click here and follow these steps:

    1. Click on the 8-Day Golden Triangle of India link; then hit the red "Book Now" tab on the next page
    2. Choose desired departure date and hit "Continue" tab at bottom of the page (Note: Select from the departures listed at $1299 -- you will be instructed to enter a promo code in a later step to get a $100 per person discount)
    3. Review itinerary and choose optional tours if desired; then hit "Book" tab
    4. Enter promo code TZIN100 into the box at the bottom of the following page; you should then see $200 deducted from total cost
    5. Hit the "Continue to Contact and Billing Information" tab at the bottom to complete your reservation

    Note: Airport taxes and fees of $88 per person are not included.

    Travelzoo Tip: With this deal, most dates listed above are also available at the $1199 price from Chicago, too (subject to availability at time of booking). Check online or call for details. 


    -Mithun Dhar

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    "Connected Show", a new Podcast on Microsoft Technology for Developers


    My East coast colleagues have come out with a really good podcast series called the ‘Connected Show’ with a goal to continue and provide great sounding interviews on Microsoft technologies for developers and interoperability stories in areas where Microsoft is trying to extend its embrace with other communities.

    Recent Episodes include:

    · Silverlight 3 Beta (Laurence Moroney, Microsoft)

    · Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 (Tony Goodhew, Microsoft)

    · PHP SDK for Windows Azure (Maarten Balliauw, RealDolmen)

    · Windows Live Messenger Web Toolkit (James Senior, Microsoft)

    Future episodes will feature topics such as: PRISM, SQL CE, JavaOne Conference Interviews, Virtual Worlds and much more…

    Check it out!

    The Connected Show! A podcast series on

    Microsoft technology for the developer community


    We are also available on both Zune and iTunes marketplace



    -Mithun Dhar

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    Bytes by MSDN…


    Summer’s always fun! Geek hot spots like MSDN.com shouldn’t be deprived of these good times. Keeping up with the Summer spirit We are pleased to announce Bytes by MSDN, a 16 part interview series of community and Microsoft influencers talking about their recommended portable content. Here’s our first installment with Scott Hanselman…


    This awesome series is all set to be followed by a stellar line up from now through Labor Day.

    Bytes by MSDN Schedule

    June 11

    Scott Hanselman

    June 18

    Billy Hollis

    June 25

    Kate Gregory

    July 2

    Richard Campbell

    July 9

    Stephen Forte & Clemens Vasters

    July 16

    Tim Huckaby & Michele Leroux Bustamente

    July 23

    Jim Wilt & Brian Noyes

    July 30

    Loke Uei Tan

    Aug 6

    Matt Hessinger

    Aug 13

    Don Box

    Aug 20

    Juval Lowy

    Aug 27

    Jeffrey Palermo

    Sept 3

    Tim Heuer & Out Takes


    You like it? Give us feedback! We’d love to hear from you…


    -Mithun Dhar

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