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October, 2009

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    The Notepad Bug – But Why?


    The ‘But why’ series on channel 9 is entertaining, addictive and fun :)

    Here’s a cool one, that we all knew about but didn’t know, Why! Oh, and before you try it out – make sure you are on XP or older. (This bug is fixed in Vista and Win7, watch the video to learn ‘how’)


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Silverlight-3 FireStarter Recordings – Download NOW!


    Finally, we have the downloadable files for the Silverlight-3 FireStarter event that we had a couple weeks ago. There are two formats: The large files or the podcast format for your Zunes or other portable players.

    Silverlight-3 FireStarter Download Links:

    Session Titles


    Large Download

    Podcast Download

    Kickoff Mithun Dhar & Mark Hindsbo Download Download
    Keynote Scott Guthrie Download Download
    Silverlight Key Scenarios & Features Tim Heuer Download Download
    Expression 3 Overview Adam Kinney Download Download
    Sketch Flow Janete Perez Download Download
    Toolkit & Controls Marco Matos Download Download
    RIA Services Brad Abrams Download Download
    XAML Power Toys Karl Shifflett Download Download
    Q & A Panel   Download Download

    Also, the slides were already published via Slideshare.net and it can be accessed from my earlier blog post.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.



    -Mithun Dhar

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    Free copy of Windows 7…


    As you know our Windows 7 launch events are sold out but hey, what’s the use of reading and following a Developer Evangelist’s blog if he can’t even help you get a Free Copy of Windows 7, right? :)

    Here’s some special lovin for all you fellow readers and bloggers. Register to attend the ‘Sold Out’ events with this special access, limited code and you will be ensured to get-in. Once in, we’ll be providing you with a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Of course, you’ll want to sit through and listen to what’s new and cool in Windows 7. We have multiple sessions for you to chose from…suit your fancy! So, don’t miss the chance to pick up a free copy of Windows 7 at one of our launch events coming to a city near you.   We’ve secured some additional spots in each city and the first 50 to sign up in each locale will get to see great technical sessions (including some delivered by me!) as well be among the first to receive a copy of Windows 7.  Just sign up at the appropriate link below and we hope to see you at the launch.

    And a special note for all your Seattle-ites, We have Jeffrey Richter speaking at this event. You sure don’t want to miss that!




    VVIP Code

    12 – Oct - 09 Seattle https://microsoft.crgevents.com/TheNewEfficiency/TechnicalBriefings_Seattle/Default.aspx


    14 – Oct - 09 Portland https://microsoft.crgevents.com/TheNewEfficiency/TechnicalBriefings_Portland/Default.aspx


    20 – Oct - 09 San Francisco https://microsoft.crgevents.com/TheNewEfficiency/TechnicalBriefings_SanFrancisco/Default.aspx


    26 – Oct - 09 San Diego https://microsoft.crgevents.com/TheNewEfficiency/TechnicalBriefings_SanDiego/Default.aspx


    26 – Oct - 09 Orange County https://microsoft.crgevents.com/TheNewEfficiency/TechnicalBriefings_OrangeCounty/Default.aspx


    28 – Oct - 09 Los Angeles (Burbank) https://microsoft.crgevents.com/TheNewEfficiency/TechnicalBriefings_LosAngeles/Default.aspx


    Go here for a detailed Agenda and other information: http://www.microsoft.com/business/thenewefficiency/

    See you next week!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 7?


    Event Details


    Featured Speaker: Independent Analyst Firm Forrester’s Benjamin Gray

    October 6, 2009

    12:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 a.m. Pacific (60 minutes)

    Register Today!

    Forrester's Benjamin Gray discusses his April 2009 report "Get Ready For Windows 7" and whether or not your organization should deploy Windows 7 now or test applications and hardware against Windows Vista for greater compatibility with Windows 7.  He'll also share:

    · What he believes to be the top five Windows 7 features

    · Industry benchmarks on what other North American and European enterprises are planning

    · His recommendations for customers running Windows XP or Windows Vista

    Register for the Live Webcast on October 6, 2009. Prepare for the future by learning how to optimize your desktop infrastructure with Windows 7 while maximizing your existing technology investments.  Attend this webcast to see how Windows 7 can benefit your organization with powerful technologies that help you secure, officially manage, and lower the cost of your organization's desktop infrastructure.

    About Benjamin Gray:

    Benjamin serves IT Infrastructure & Operations professionals. He is a leading expert on business-class PCs and desktop operating systems and also researches business-class mobile devices, mobile operating systems, and mobile device management solutions. Benjamin helps

    Forrester clients develop and improve their strategy around client hardware and client operating systems.  Benjamin's research and analysis have been widely cited in the press, including business media outlets such as The Associated Press, Bloomberg, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal and industry media outlets such as Computerworld, eWeek, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, and NetworkWorld.


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Would you pay for Microsoft Spell?


    This Week in History (Repurposed from the Microsoft Daily!)

    TWIH_JonShirleyWord_160 In the world:

    September 26, 1936 — General Francisco Franco becomes head of the rebel Nationalist government of Spain. Still in the midst of civil war, Franco would not come to full power for two more years, but then remained head of state till his death in 1975.

    September 30, 1955 — 24-year-old actor James Dean is killed when his Porsche 550 Spyder is involved in a head-on collision on a California highway. Despite his truncated acting career, he remains a Hollywood legend with two Academy Award nominations.

    At Microsoft:

    October 1, 1984 — Microsoft announces copies of Microsoft Spell and Learning Microsoft Word will be included with each copy of Microsoft Word sold through the end of the year. Those who purchased Word before September of that year were out of luck and had to pay the $50 retail price for Spell.


    In the end, Spell, with its expandable 45,000 word dictionary and ability to "even help solve anagrams," would continue to be included with Word. Jon Shirley is shown with the Word 2.0 splash screen in this 1985 photo.

    We sure have come a long way!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Google Wave or Microsoft Outlook (Exchange 14)…



    I really can’t help but notice how similar the Google Wave layout is to the Exchange 14 (OWA) layout. I am yet to play with the features but at a cursory glance, looks like I can do pretty much most of it with Exchange 14, bar a feature or two in wave. Will let you know more after I have some friends to play with it…right now, with no wave contacts in my list it’s about as useful as a car with no gas, wheels, engine and a steering wheel. Yeah, that just about sums it!

    Take a peek,



    -Mithun Dhar

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    BizSpark – Have you seen it off late?


    Not only is it beneficial to you but it's free! It helps you get the latest cutting edge technology for $0. Take a peek - And, if you are skeptical. It's our way of finding new markets. We are empowering you to empower us with a new market in the next few years when you do become successful.




    -Mithun Dhar

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