The new MSN.com on Microsoft Azure

A few months ago we shipped the redesigned and modernized MSN.com. This has been the most ambitious and most challenging revision of MSN – both technically and logistically. The technical part was about rewriting MSN using latest web standards and building core infrastructure ground up and optimized for Microsoft Azure, while the logistical part was…


Unblocking a downloaded file on Windows 8

Recently I had to download some windows 8 consumer preview drivers for my Samsung Series 7 Slate. But when a file is downloaded from the web, Windows tags those files (if its an archive, it tags the files inside that archive as well) with a security attribute to ‘block’ execution of those files. Previous windows…

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Mobile Web development/debugging with Fiddler2

Recently I ran into a colleague who was looking for a way to quickly dev-debug an issue that was reproing on a mobile device. He wanted to ‘inspect’ the ajax calls the web app was making from the device to help him with a possible caching issue. Here is what I mentioned to him -…


New MSN Homepage for Mobile Devices Released

  I am extremely happy today to note the latest release from my team – a brand new design of the MSN Homepage for Mobile Devices. Its been a fast paced and hectic journey to get this new design shipped and to completely overhaul and improve page design. Just type msn.com on your smartphone to…


Transparent png issues in Windows Phone 7 landscape mode

While developing a widget for a mobile webpage, I ran into a strange performance issue with transparent png in Windows Phone 7 landscape mode. First off, Windows Phone 7 provides an outstanding mobile phone experience. But like any software platform it too has some issues that catch developers by surprise. The browser used in WP7…


ASP.NET MVC 3, IIS Express, WebMatrix, Orchard, etc released

Big news from Developer Division yesterday. Scott Guthrie announced the release of slew of tools – all of which are free for anyone to use. Excerpt from Scott Guthrie’s blog I’m excited to announce the release today of several products: ASP.NET MVC 3 NuGet IIS Express 7.5 SQL Server Compact Edition 4 Web Deploy and…


Behold the new MSN Homepage

The new MSN US homepage is now released to the world with a new design, new features and tweaks to the interface based on feedback and learning’s from user interaction on the page since the new UI went live as a preview. A bold new interface and feature set never before seen on MSN, new…


Preview the new avatar of MSN.com (MSN Homepage)

I am very happy to note that the preview of the newly redesigned and revamped MSN Homepage (http://preview.msn.com) with a host of brand new features and functionality has gone live. Some of key upgrades that regulars to the MSN homepage will immediate recognize are the new page theme, the new tabbed interface which nicely collects…


Project Tuva

Project Tuva is a new initiative from Microsoft Research that brings together excellent lectures from great scientists and physicists wrapped together and presented in a way that augments the learning experience. I finished my first video of Dr. Richard Feynman in a messenger series discussing the Law of Gravitation – An example of Physical Law…