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July, 2009

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    Michael Jackson 'memorial', live in HD!



    Tomorrow, July 7th, 10AM PT, 1PM ET – We are broadcasting the Michael Jackson memorial, live in HD from the Staples Center in Los Angeles using IIS Smooth Streaming and Silverlight to the world. 

    http://inmusic.ca/news_and_features/Michael_Jackson is the link to the page where the embedded player experience.

    RIP MJ!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Code for Windows 7 contest…




    • Want to win $17,777?
    • Want to win a free trip to LA with a ticket to PDC 09 included?
    • Want to Present at PDC 09?




    If you answered Yes! to any of the questions above then this contest is for you! Unlike other Coding contests, this one judges the winning entry based on Creativity! It’s based on your application design ingenuity. It gives you the opportunity to showcase your design skills in front of millions of people.

    To enter, you must:

    Build an original, consumer-oriented client application prototype that runs natively on Windows 7 (for example Win32, WPF, MFC or WinForms – not an Air application or just a gadget) and addresses one or more of the following topic categories:

    • Simplify My Life
    • More Media, More Places
    • Gaming
    • Work From Anywhere
    • Safeguard Your Work
    • Applications for a Better Tomorrow
    You can get more details here: http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/developers/archive/2009/07/14/7-ways-to-get-free-tickets-to-pdc-2009-plus-up-to-17-777.aspx


    Get started and start to cash in on your skills!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Goldmine! Only Developers Rush…



    Yes, my title fits my post appropriately! Did you know that the Windows market place is now live! Today, the mobile team announced The Race To Market Challenge.

    This video explains the rest of my post in about 35 secs:

    In Essence:


    Sign up now and get your mobile application on the shelves of Windows Marketplace for Mobile. When you submit your app, you’ll also be eligible to win the Race to Market Challenge and exciting prizes, including:

    • A Microsoft Surface table
    • Online marketing and promotion
    • A one-of-a-kind trophy
    Ready for the challenge?

    For more information go here: http://www.mobilethisdeveloper.com

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Seattle @ 100 degree Fahrenheit…


    Never saw this coming…it almost feels like India! :) I stepped out of the convention center for about 5 minutes to only realize it’s super hot outside!




    -Mithun Dhar

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    History is interesting…


    By now you all must already know that my favorite column in our daily newsletter is the ‘This week in history’ section that comes out once every week. So here’s some interesting tidbits about what happened in history this past week…

     BillWithTandy_215In the world:

    July 16, 1945 — The first atom bomb is detonated in the New Mexico desert 120 miles south of Santa Fe. The resulting mushroom cloud reached 40,000 feet into the air as scientists and observers watched from a "safe" 10,000 yards away.

    At Microsoft:

    July 16, 1984 Tandy Corporation becomes the first major hardware manufacturer to announce a color implementation of Microsoft Windows. The color software was demonstrated at a meeting of the Boston computer Society on the Tandy Model 2000 personal computer.


    This week's featured photo was used in a Tandy advertisement, featuring Windows in color in the background, ca. 1984.

    Oh, and there was the Moon launch too..

    On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from a Florida launch pad on its journey to bring the first people from Earth to a safe landing on the surface of the moon. That would also be a nice event to recognize.

    We sure have come a long way, haven’t we! :)

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Microsoft Thrive for developers, now live!





    One of the most successful programs for IT Pro’s in FY09 was the Thrive Program. Now we have a similar offering for our developers.

    We understand that times are tough. You’re doing more with less, applying your skills more broadly, or maybe you’re looking for a job. Thrive for developers is a community hub for career advice, peer insights, industry postings and training resources. Learn how to stand out and succeed in today’s challenging economy. Basically, Thrive for developers helps you get the skills and resources you need to stand out. It helps you to tackle today’s tough economy and come out on top. 

    Learn more about the Thrive Program for developers: www.microsoft.com/thrivedev

    We talked to many developers, community leaders, DEs and AEs to understand the top issues developers are facing in this economy. We designed Thrive, its content, resources and offers to specifically address the individual needs of developers as it relates to the downturn. The campaign anchors on three pillars:

    Advance your Career

    • - Industry and career resources designed to help developers land a  new job  (i.e. training and certification, tips and tricks)
    • - Community member insights on career strategies
    • - Search functionality for thousands of developer job openings across the US clip_image002

    Enhance your Skills – Web and Client Development

    - Best of class resources outlined in a step by step format to help developers ramp on new tasks faster, saving time and money

    - Product offers, training and certification discounts to get up to speed on MS tools and technologies quicker


    Connect with your Community

    - User groups and MS dev events search functionality powered by DPE’s “Community Connection”

    - Blogs feeds from select regional DEs and AEs; as well as industry leaders in the Web and client space

    - Community leaders share their insights on success strategies handling the downturn.  (i.e. “Development in a Downturn” podcast series delivered by .NET Rocks and “Insider Advice” corner highlighting community content around “Thrive” related topics of career, training and community)


    Come and Thrive with Microsoft!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Microsoft Tag API released…


    Microsoft Tag is one of the most creative things to come out of MSR. They just announced that the Tag API is now available….

    The Microsoft Tag API allows anyone to create Tag from the web, the desktop, mobile devices.

    By using the Microsoft Tag Web Services API, you can programmatically access many of the same operations used on the Microsoft Tag Web site. Using Visual Studio and the .NET Framework, you can write programs to create, modify, and otherwise manage Tags for your business — including bulk Tag creation and updates — without having to use the Microsoft Tag Web site interface.

    clip_image002Get Started Right Now

    · Sign-up if you are a new Tag user

    · Apply for an API key.

    · Getting Started with Tag Web Services

    · View the documentation

    · Provide feedback or questions

    Blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/tag/archive/2009/07/23/microsoft-tag-api-announcement.aspx

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/microsofttag


    Go tagging!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    I had almost forgotten about this song until my dad sent this along to me this morning.

    Enjoy your Sunday!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Microsoft’s proposal to EU…


    Sometimes I really can’t help but wonder if we are paying a price for being the ‘Top dog’! Apple never gets asked to install IE on their OS/Computers? Google never gets asked to bundle or give the option to install MSN Toolbar while installing their toolbars.

    It’s sad that such dipshits are running an entire continent and barring progress! I really wonder if they even understand what a ‘browser’ is!

    I am on my way to attend Tech Ready (an Internal Microsoft conference) and I am just pissed reading about this proposal…aargh!

    Read at leisure…I just made it through the Browser Choice doc and it was depressing enough!

    In short,


    Here’s our press release: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/jul09/07-24statement.mspx 

    Browser Choice

    Proposed Commitment (.doc)

    Annex A – Turning Internet Explorer on and off (.doc)

    Annex B – Web Browser Ballot (.ppt)


    Proposed Interoperability Undertaking (.doc)

    Annex A – Warranty Agreement (.doc)

    Annex B – Template Patent License (.doc)

    Annex C – Additional Outlook and Exchange Versions (.doc)

    Annex D – Outlook and Exchange Future Standards Process (.doc)

    I really hope someone gets some sense into these people!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Summer Webcast Series for Students…



    This summer Microsoft Students to Business is hosting a Webcast series on skills that one can use in the workplace. The skills presented range from technical skills (i.e. an intro to silverlight) to soft skills (i.e. interviewing 101). The first webcast was held yesterday to great success covering the topics of windows 7 and presentation skills. If you would like to you can see this webcast or register to watch others go to: http://tiny.cc/S2B2.

    The Mission of the Series:

    • The Webcast series attempts to equip students with the skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace. These required skills, composed both of technical and soft skills, will be presented each week.
    • From these webcasts Microsoft also gains the ability to build the Microsoft brand name among students who are building the workplace of tomorrow.

    Additional Information:

    Other Useful Information:

    Help your kids stay sharp this summer! :)


    -Mithun Dhar

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