Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition is intended to help developers and solution architects design and build effective, high quality applications. The guide will helps you to understand the underlying architecture and design principles and patterns for developing successful solutions on the Microsoft platform and the .NET Framework. This book also guides you through to identify appropriate strategies and design patterns that will help you design your solution’s layers, components, and services. Also creating solutions for rich internet, desktop and mobile applications are discussed.

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool helps you enter Indian language text easily into any application in Microsoft Windows or on any page on the Web. The primary input mechanism is transliteration. Additionally, it provides a visual keyboard to assist with editing words that do not transliterate properly. It currently supports Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and Telugu languages.

Moonlight is an open source implementation of Microsoft Silverlight for Unix systems. With Moonlight you can access videos, applications and content created for Silverlight on Linux. With Moonlight, you can View Silverlight content on Linux, Watch Videos delivered with Smooth Streaming and Run Silverlight applications on Linux. The current plugin release works on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11, openSUSE 11.x, Ubuntu 9.10, and Fedora 12. Older versions of the Linux, can compile the source.

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is a broadly extensible platform for building information worker productivity solutions and developing for Office with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 makes this easy. The Office 2010 Developer Training Kit content is designed to help developers get started building solutions, from add-ins to full featured Office Business Applications (OBAs), using Visual Studio 2010 with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 as the core platform.

Cloud computing is about much more than cutting and controlling IT costs. In this webinar from Sun Microsystems, you’ll discover how cloud computing can boost business agility by making it far easier and quicker to provision additional computing resources whenever the need arises.

The webinar includes Case studies on how four organisations are benefitting, discussion on Public clouds versus private clouds, and when to use a hybrid approach. This webinar also speaks on Assessing security, legal, governance and reliability issues.

Microsoft® Office 2010 offers flexible and powerful new ways to deliver your best work — at the office, at home or at school. Create standout reports and presentations with tools that help you capture your ideas more creatively. Stay connected to your projects, even when you’re away from your computer, with access to Office files via Web browser or smartphone. Work efficiently with others by sharing, editing and reviewing files at the same time — even across geographies and time zones. With Office 2010, you’re in control, getting things done and producing amazing results however and wherever you work best. Check this article to understand the top 10 benefits of using Office 2010.

Last week, few fellow of us met up at Bangalore for a Tech bloggers chat. The topic of the discussion was on “How to improve the Newspapers to catch up with the online media?” – There were people who read close to 3-4 newspapers every day. Ironically, I do not read a newspaper! I prefer consuming news by reading blogs or catch up stuffs on twitter. I thought it would be a little embarrassment for me to sit amidst of people who love Newspapers. Fortunately, I was not the only one among the group!

Jokes apart, this set the platform for the discussion on how different is social media and traditional media? We also spoke about the expectations from a newspaper and what newspapers should do to catch up with the online medium. This discussion Featured Mukund Menon, Tinu Cherian, Vikas, Thejas, Arun Vijayan, Sunil Abraham, NT Balanarayan and Me. Read this article for more information!

For a limited time you can download this free e-book from Microsoft Press on Office 2010 without stepping through any registration. This ebook offers 14 chapters of early content.

This book introduces you to the changes in Office 2010 and shows you how you can make the most of the new features to fit the way you work today. This book also explores the flexibility factor by presenting a set of scenarios that enable users to complete their work no matter where their path takes them.

Extensions are the first step from Google towards making the browser more user-friendly.
An extension system has been one of the most requested features for Google Chrome. One important note for the Google team was to make extensions easy to create and maintain, while preserving Google Chrome’s speed and stability (Speed of access being Chrome’s Unique Selling Point). Extensions on Google Chrome accomplishes all these goals: they are as easy to create as web pages, easy to install, and each extension runs in its own process to avoid crashing or significantly slowing down the browser.

In this article, you will find information on how to use a Google Chrome Extension on a Windows machine.