Looking for Visual Studio 2015 SDK download… wait, read this first?

As you know now Visual Studio 2015 is RTM-ed and you have started to use it for building applications. Recently I came across a query from a developer, from where they can download Visual Studio 2015 SDK – as they used it to create tool windows, menu commands, editor extensions, isolated shell projects, and other…

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TechED 2012: What’s new in Visual Studio 2012?

Software development continues to make great advances and so does Visual Studio. In this session you will learn about the trends impacting software development and how you can take advantage of them with Visual Studio 2012. This talk provides a brief overview coupled with lots of demos to highlight how Visual Studio 2012 simplifies development,…


Video: Role of a Software Architect in today’s world

Recently viewed this interview – Brian Prince, Principal Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, and Juval Lowy, Software Architect & Principal at IDesign as they discuss the role of an architect in today’s world. Juval breaks down how the role of an architect has evolved over the years from applying engineering principles and practices to software systems to…

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Windows Phone: How to get first Windows Phone update?

…my Windows Phone first update? This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself.       How to update? You’ll need to connect your phone to your computer and update it using either the Zune software for your PC or the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac (depending on which…


How to: Determine which Microsoft .Net Framework version and service pack installed?

This is one of our frequent question: How to determine which version(s) and service pack level(s) of the Microsoft .NET Framework are installed? You can use the registry information below to determine which version(s) and service pack level(s) of the Microsoft .NET Framework are installed. .NET Framework Service Pack Level Registry Key Name Value 4…

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How Microsoft Product Activation works?

To reduce software piracy and to make sure that all Microsoft customers receive the product quality that they expect, Microsoft is now including product activation technology in several products. Product activation is a simple, straightforward process that is completely software based. It requires no hardware add-ons or any other external tool. In most cases, the…


Zune Software: Installation failed with error code 0x80070643

Recently I tried to install Zune Software in my PC, encountered installation failed with the error code: 0x80070643 and message “Setup must stop because the required package ‘Zune"’ didn’t install. Done research and found the following Microsoft support knowledge base article – states that “A required component cannot be installed when you try to install…

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Download : Windows Phone Developer tools CTP

With respect to my earlier blog post regarding Windows Mobile 6.5 developer tool kit, now you can download the “Windows Phone Developer tools CTP”. The same powerful and easy to use Visual Studio integrated developer environment (IDE) handles from design to testing of Windows Phone 7 Series phone applications. It’s designed to work with Windows…


Download : Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for Developers

Windows Phone 7 Series promises to be an amazing mobile phone operating system given its innovative user interface and functionality, as well as its great development platform upon which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad of new devices, a powerful and immersive software platform, and a new marketplace to…