Community Activities Microsoft

‘I unlock Joy’ programme for developers and Students – Windows Phone

At the recent Mobile Developer Summit which took place on November 2, 2011 at Bangalore Microsoft announced the details of the developer programme for Windows Mobile in India with ‘I unlock Joy’, a unique Application Development and Submission Program, where technology professionals and students get an opportunity to develop applications and showcase creativity.

‘I unlock Joy’ programme for developers has started from November 1, 2011 and will continue till June 30, 2012 whereas the program for students will begin on December 18, 2011 and conclude on March 30 next year. 

Developer competitive categories:

  • ·         “SUBMIT & WIN” CATEGORY: A registered participant submits THREE qualified Windows Phone Application in the Marketplace and gets a chance to win a Windows Phone. In this category, the Applications must be distinct and of non-trivial utility value for the Application User. A “Spam” or close replicas of existing Windows Phone Applications are disqualified.
  • ·         “PORT 2 APPS & WIN” CATEGORY: A registered participant submitting TWO qualified Windows Phone Applications in the Marketplace which are ported from existing Android or iPhone Applications get to win a Windows Phone.
  • ·         “WOMEN SPECIAL” CATEGORY: A first of its kind in the developer space. The first 100 registered Woman Developers who submit ONE (1) qualified Windows Phone Application each in the Marketplace qualify to win a Windows Phone each. The applications can be based on Entertainment, Fashion, Leisure, Sports, Recreation or Travel themes.

Student competitive categories: 

  • ·         “STUDENT” CATEGORY: Calling on the community to be a part of the initiative, the “I unlock Joy” programme is customized to unfold their innovative and creative best and become among the select first few proud owners of the Windows Phone.

The contestants need to build one or more applications using Dev Tools and submit on AppHub. If their apps get certified and published on the Windows Phone Marketplace during the contest period which ends November 18, they can claim goodies like a brand new Windows Phone, certificate of acknowledgment from Microsoft and Windows Phone T-Shirts as well as USB flash drives.

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I will be speaking at the Microsoft Virtual TechDays on App-V

Since 2008, the Virtual TechDays has been the epicenter of Microsoft’s interaction with the Indian IT community. Thousands of leading-edge Developers, Infrastructure Professionals, Architects and Designers attend this quarterly online event to hear about the next generation of Microsoft technologies. Virtual TechDays is not only about the deep-dive technical sessions – it’s an opportunity for you to talk with and have your questions answered by the people who build and work on the technologies, and who can help you plan the features and architecture to support your business goals.

Virtual TechDays

This 12th edition of Virtual TechDays – being held on 28-30 September, 2011 – offers you an opportunity to get trained in some of the key technology domains that you work on as part of your day-to-day work … ones that will shape the future of the industry.

As a part of this event, I will be doing a session on 28th of September, at 15.00 IST – “Solve Application Compatibility using Microsoft Application Virtualization (APP-V)”; APP-V helps solves application compatibility by virtualizing the application streamed real time to the client machines. In this talk, I will demonstrate the Microsoft Application Virtualization (APP-V) to virtualize the applications in an environment and also look at how to plan  the virtualized deployment for some of the heavy applications like Office 2010 on the client desktop. Check out the detailed Agenda here –




Community Activities Microsoft

Microsoft’s ‘7 Star Challenge’? Come join us on Facebook for a match!

Calling all Windows 7 lovers out there! If you think you know Windows 7 like the back of your hand and have truly mastered the most popular OS, it’s time to put your Windows 7 knowledge to the test with the ‘7 Star Challenge’ on Microsoft India’s official Facebook community page – Windows & Me. The ‘7 Star Challenge’ is a fun-filled and interactive challenge meant for you – a Windows 7 enthusiast. This challenge is hosted on Microsoft India’s official page ‘Windows and Me’, which already has close to 2 lac fans today and is increasing by the hour.

For the ‘7 Star Challenge’ all you have to do is answer 7 tough questions around Windows 7 features in a stipulated time. With each correct answer you will earn a star and once you earn all the 7 stars you win the challenge! The challenge also gives you an option of ‘Just play’, a feature which lets you practice for the ‘big challenge’, and ’enter the contest’ – the actual 7 Star Challenge itself. It is an engaging & interesting way to know about the cool & most loved features of Windows 7 like HomeGroup that lets you access files from your home PC from just about anywhere; Jumplist, which gives easy access to your favorite pictures, songs, websites, and documents & Aero Snap, a quick (and fun!) way to re-size and compare windows on your desktop.

Once you win the challenge and have proved your mettle, you are then eligible to join the prestigious Windows 7 Premier club on the Windows & Me community on Facebook. This premium recognition will be bestowed on the top scorers of the 7 Star Challenges. You can also publish your high scores on your Facebook page and flaunt it to your friends. Guess what, you can even challenge your friends to beat your score of the 7 Star Challenge game.

So, what are you waiting for? Click on this link to know if you are a Windows 7 Master 😉 and quickly grab your place in the club.!

Community Activities Microsoft

I will be speaking at the Microsoft Teched India 2011

Microsoft Tech-Ed India 2011 is the premier technology event of the year for IT professionals and developers. It’s the forum to learn, connect, explore, and evolve. I would recommend you to attend this event, because you will learn about today’s cutting-edge trends, thereby enhancing your work profile and getting ahead of the rest. But the most important benefit of all just might be the networking opportunity that this forum will provide you… you can build personal connections with Microsoft experts and peers that will last far beyond this event!

It feels good to share the information that, I will be speaking at this year’s event! I will be talking on “Testing and Fixing Apps on Windows 7 using ACT 5.6”.

My session is in the “Infra Professionals” track on Day 2, (4.15 to 5.15 PM). This talk will outline these below points

  • Core OS changes which the Windows 7 Operating System has undergone and how it would affect the Line of Business applications.
  • Top focus areas when you move to Win 7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit Platforms).
  • Brief explanation on the various methods to mitigate the compatibility issues.
    • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 – Basics, Setup Instructions, Analyzing the ACT reports, Standard User Analyzer and Shims.
    • Overview of Microsoft Virtualization Solutions like Remote Application Hosting, Virtualize Applications and Desktop Virtualization.
  • Look at some of the simple steps to fix these broken applications using Compat modes, Shims and Windows XP Mode.

Hope this session is well accepted and I get a good feedback!

Community Activities Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

VTD Video – Finding, Testing, and Fixing Apps on Windows 7 using ACT 5.6

The 10th edition of Virtual TechDays – was held on 22-24 November last month. It must have given a real opportunity to get trained in some of the key technology domains that we work on as part of our day-to-day work. As you folks are aware,  I did a session on Finding, Testing, and Fixing Applications on Windows 7 using ACT 5.6. Check out the video below –

 Finding, Testing, and Fixing Applications on Windows 7 using ACT 5.6

You can download rest of the VTD videos here, To learn more on the Application Compatibility Toolkit, read these How To Articles.

Community Activities Microsoft Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

I am Speaking in TechNet Webcasts – Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy

Microsoft conducts a series of TechNet webcasts for IT Professionals for the benefit of the community. These are 90-minute interactive sessions with experts on various technologies ranging from Windows 7, Windows Server, SQL Server, Virtualization, Visio and SharePoint. You might want to attend these sessions to have a better understanding of the capabilities that these technologies offer and learn how they can help you efficiently manage day-to-day IT operations.

TechNet Webcasts – Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy

As a part of this program, I will be doing a session today on Windows Optimized Desktop Strategy. Register for this webcast here.

The desktop is more than just the operating system: The desktop includes the applications that make your business run, the data with which you make critical business decisions, the settings that help your employees personalize their PCs and make them more productive, and the hardware your users need to access the entire computing environment. When making client computing decisions, it is essential to have a complete desktop strategy that considers the whole desktop — User Settings, Data, Applications, browser, and the operating system. Attend this session to understand how to plan for a broader desktop strategy for your organization and users.

I will be focusing on these below areas –

For your reference., I will post the slide-deck once the webcast completes!

Community Activities Microsoft

I’m Speaking at Developer Community Conference 2010, Bangalore.

Bangalore User Group - BdotnetCommunity Conference is a technology event for IT professionals and developers conducted by the User Groups in Bangalore. It’s the forum to learn, connect, explore, and evolve.

I would recommend you to attend this event, because you will learn about today’s cutting-edge trends, thereby enhancing your work profile and getting ahead of the rest. But the most important benefit of all just might be the networking opportunity that this forum will provide you… you can build personal connections with Microsoft experts and peers that will last far beyond this event!

As a part of this conference, I will be delivering a talk on Windows Proceses and how to use SysInternals Tools like Process Explorer and Process Monitor to effectively troubleshoot issues in Windows!

Register for this event here –

Here is the detailed agenda  –

Time Speaker Session Details
09.30 to 10.15 Manoj.k.Sharma , Corporate Trainer Windows Azure AppFabric
10.15 to  11.00 Chaitra Nagraj, Thomson Reuters / Microsoft MVP New features in WPF4 along with Silverlight4
11:00 to 11:30 Tea Break / Networking
11.30 to 12.15 Vic  Parmar, Aditi Technologies / Microsoft MVP Silverlight, Cloud and WP7
12.15 to 1:00 Lunch
1:00 to 1.45 Tips n Tricks – Your Slot! Are you interested to show some tips n tricks or want to give some  10mins quick demo in this slot? shoot a mail tocoreteam[at]

1. VS2010 IDE tips n tricks  by Wriju Ghosh, Microsoft – 10 minutes.
2. Indic & Windows7 by Dr.Pavanaja
3. Building websites using WebMatrix – Lohith GN, Sungard
4. ??

1.45 to 2.30 Vijay Raj | Microsoft MVP The power of SysInternals Tools – Processes
2.30 to 3:00 Tea Break / Networking
3:00 to 3.45 Phani, Brainscale / PluralSight IntelliTrace deep-dive
3.45 to 4.30 Kaliyan, DELL / Microsoft MVP Windows XP to Windows7 migration strategies
4.30 to 5:00 Tea Break / Networking
5:00 to 5.45 Ram Prasanna, Microsoft Microsoft – Tina-Robotics Session

Pluralsight has come out with a fantastic offer for all of those who attend this conference. They are giving out FREE 1-month Standard subscription to Pluralsight On-Demand!. This will give access to all Pluralsight courses for 1 month. That’s not it, 3 Winners will get 1 year subscription which is worth US$1499..!

Community Activities General Microsoft

I’m Speaking at the IT Manager event – Taking your Business to Cloud

Microsoft Invites all the IT managers and Professionals to experience and join in for experts’ insights on how Microsoft Cloud Computing can help you find business opportunities and lead you to growth.

Make Sure you are in Cloud

In this session “Deployment and Consolidation“, I would be talking on the Deployment Strategies at a high level., which include

  • Desktop Deployment Approach: Application Compatibility, Creation/Maintenance of O/S Images, Upgrade/Installation
  • Datacenter Consolidation Strategy: Identify workloads, Management/Automation of virtualized environment

Register now to attend this session at Bangalore on September 23, 2010 at Hotel Taj Residency , 41/3, Mahatma Gandhi Road , Bangalore – 560001.

You will also hear to renowned speakers Janakiram and Vinod Kumar in this event!

It’s always been a challenge to manage resources and deliver IT solutions when business needs are rapidly changing. Microsoft Cloud Computing changes all that. With flexible web applications and subscription-based services, you can better manage IT resources and respond with agility, while accurately predicting costs, service levels, and staffing. Do attend this event, if you can!




10:00A.M – 10:30A.M

Emerging Trends in IT

A discussion on some of the emerging trends like cloud computing & how Microsoft is innovating in those areas.

10:30A.M – 11:00A.M

Deployment &
Notes from the field

How to build a successful
deployment strategy for desktops or consolidation strategy for datacenter?

11:00A.M – 11:15A.M

Tea Break

11:15A.M – 12:00P.M

Next Generation BI

This session will discuss the
trends in BI from Microsoft and
the offerings as we start moving into the cloud together.

12:00P.M – 12:45P.M

How Microsoft promises
to deliver Cloud Innovation

This session will focus on how
Microsoft can offer dramatic
improvement in business agility, operational efficiency and IT maturity with significant cost savings.

12:45P.M – 1:45P.M


1:45P.M – 2:45P.M

The IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
views of the cloud

This session will help you
understand what Microsoft has
to offer in the different types of
cloud services: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and what it can do for your business.

2:45P.M – 3:00P.M

Tea Break

3:00P.M – 4:00 P.M

Microsoft Licensing

Get answers to most of your
Microsoft licensing queries.

Community Activities General Microsoft

Springboard Series Technical Expert Panel (STEP) Program

The Springboard Series Technical Expert Panel (STEP) Program has been created to build community and advocacy for a Windows 7 launch “by the community, for the community.” In an effort to drive global awareness and value of Windows 7 through Springboard Series, Microsoft has created a program that will expand reach beyond typically-attended Microsoft events like Tech-Ed by activating top IT Pro community influencers within the Microsoft, MVP, and MCT communities. This program will allow them to deliver content across the globe via the advanced technical knowledge from this select “virtual” team of IT pro experts. It is designed to offer  IT Pros community-created instructional tools and resources for further learning of Windows Client products and to help build a pool of highly recognized influencer evangelists toward the strategy of ensuring that Windows 7 is launched “for the community, by the community”.

Springboard Series Technical Expert Panel (STEP) Program
Springboard Series Technical Expert Panel (STEP) Program

Some of the benefits of being a STEP member include Speaking opportunities at Tier 1 events – Tier 1 event speaking opportunities. You get resources to facilitate local events in your area as an “extension of” Springboard Series  – event resources to facilitate local events.  You also get Technical training content and materials (how-to videos, webcasts, etc) on Windows 7 and Windows Client resources and products.

Well, I have got an opportunity to do few sessions as a part of the Springboard Program. Some of my articles have been skimmed, watched, appreciated and even promoted by the Springboard Team (both on Twitter and through Newsletter). Recently, i was also featured as the Community expert on the Springboard Series website. , and of-course i got tons of learnings.!

Featured Community Expert

STEP members represent some of the top Windows IT experts, user group leaders, and evangelists in the world, they enable Microsoft to deliver quality live and virtual Windows events for IT professionals with greater frequency and quality than before.

Want to become a STEP member? – Check this link for more information and to understand the prerequisites for the same!

Interested in looking at the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program, Read this for more information!

Community Activities General Microsoft

K-MUG Office 2010 Community Launch

Microsoft Office 2010 is a productivity suite from Microsoft. This is the latest edition in the suite of office products. Right from the office 97 till the 2010 version, the product has evolved a long way from just a software towards being a platform.

Office 2010 includes extended file format support, user interface updates, and a refined user experience. Office 2010 marks the debut of free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, which work in popular web browsers.

Last weekend, there was an Office 2010 Community launch at K-MUG during the DevCon. We did have a combination of students, developers and technology enthusiasts as our audience. We didn’t want it to be, just another conventional presentation. I am Rama were discussing on how to build a story line around the Office 2010 demos. That’s when; the Football World Cup came to our mind. We planned a scenario of a restaurant owner who wants to host a World Cup party at his place. Keeping this in mind, I showcased some key features of the Office Suite of products during this demo which can be used –

  • How one can do a brainstorming talk with his team using OneNote 2010, syncing it with mobile and different users.
  • Take a screenshot right inside the word or power Point, instead of using a print screen and then editing it in paint.
  • Image editing capabilities to remove the background of an image
  • Artistic features to design an image – Without using a third party software.
  • Pinning a document to the recent list, or jump list for easy access
  • How to add Visual text effects in Word to highlight a section of text or letters.
  • The recovering capabilities of an office document, when closed prematurely
  • How to create data trends chart for each row / column using Sparkline in Excel 2010.
  • Improved Animation and Narration features in PowerPoint 2010.
  • How to add a Video to a PowerPoint presentation, edit and format them in ease.
  • Using sections within a presentation.
  • Save presentation as a video
  • Broadcasting a PowerPoint presentation to external users through internet.
  • Power of Office Web apps. How an user can just goto Office Live and start using the office apps absolutely free. Also, when you hit the F11 key, the web app and the desktop app almost looks and behaves the same.

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