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Ever wanted to type Indian language text easily into any application?

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.

The majority of the transliteration schemes in existence use capital letters to distinguish long vowels from short vowels and hard consonants from soft consonants. In classic free-form transliteration, this distinction is lost. For this reason, apart from free-form transliteration, Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool also allows users to be more specific by using capital letters. The MS team also expects that with time, as new users get more proficient, they will find use for this feature, as it will help them more accurately transliterate with minimal spelling revisions.

In short, it allows users to enter a capital letter to specify a preference for a long vowel (e.g. bA for बा in Hindi or kE for கே in Tamil) or a hard consonant (e.g. De for डे in Hindi or Li for ளி in Tamil).

You have an option to use between a Desktop Version and Web one!

You can install and find more information about this product here –

You can install the Web Version of Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool for any of the language by dragging the language name above to the Bookmarks toolbar. This tool is supported on all the major web browsers (Thankfully). Translating is as simple as typing in the textbox. Start typing in English and hit Space after each word.


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Facing Problem viewing Silverlight Content on Linux?

Microsoft Team announced the availability of Moonlight 2, an open source Linux implementation of Silverlight first announced by Microsoft and Novell in September of 2007.  Moonlight is the first and only open source project that provides Linux users access to Silverlight content.

Microsoft has provided Novell with access to its test suites for Silverlight, and provides Linux end users of Moonlight with free access to the Microsoft Media Pack, a set of licensed media codecs for video and audio.

In addition, Microsoft and Novell are also announcing the expansion of their collaboration on Moonlight to include support for Moonlight implementations of Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4.

As part of the companies’ interoperability agreement, Microsoft will deliver new test suites and specifications for Silverlight 3 and 4 to Novell.

To download or learn more about Moonlight, visit

Moonlight 2 is compatible with Microsoft Silverlight 2 and includes some features of Silverlight 3, including support for Bitmap APIs, file dialogs, easing functions, pluggable media pipeline and custom Codecs. Moonlight 2 offers better streaming of multimedia content based on the quality of the user’s connections. In addition, this release embeds Mono runtime functionality, which allows developers to target Linux with rich Internet applications using a wide variety of programming languages, including C#, Ruby, Python and Javascript.

Moonlight development is quickly following the innovation in Silverlight with each release. A preview release of Moonlight 3 will be made available in the first quarter of 2010 with a final release scheduled for the third quarter of 2010. Moonlight 4 will follow shortly thereafter.

In response to feedback from the community, Microsoft has also extended its Patent Covenant to End Users of Moonlight. The covenant is no longer limited to users that obtain Moonlight from Novell or its channel, but now covers users who obtain Moonlight from any third party, including other Linux distributors. Media Codecs for MP3 and VC1, and in the future H.264 and AAC, are supported through the Microsoft Media Pack, a Microsoft-delivered set of media codes that offer optimized and licensed decodecs to every Linux user who obtains Moonlight from Novell.

To download or learn more about Moonlight, visit

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Want to develop Office Business Applications (OBA)? – Training Kit Available

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.

Check the Office Learning Center on Channel 9 page or click here

image004This training kit is an offline complement to the Office Learning Center and provides links to the videos but the hands-on labs (HOLs), source code and presentations will be conveniently available on the local machine. This is the same content that we developed for the Metro early adoption program, which we are now making broadly available to Office developers everywhere! So, whether an ISV developing a product on top Office, an enterprise developer looking for ways to enable process efficiencies through Office customization and SharePoint integration, or a developer that wants to just build cool add-ins for Office, encourage them to download the training kit and get started. The possibilities and scenarios that are now available with Office 2010 and Office coupled with SharePoint 2010 are very exciting.

Each of the HOLs in the training kit have a number of exercises to incrementally present the concepts and help the developer build their skills. The labs included in the training kit are:

  • Getting Started with Office 2010 Development
  • Office 2010 UI Customizations
  • Client Workflow
  • Security and Deployment
  • Open XML
  • InfoPath and Forms Services
  • Business Connectivity Services
  • Office 2010 Service Applications
  • Developing BI Applications

Check the Office Learning Center on Channel 9 page or click here

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Webinar: Cloud Computing for Enterprises

Cloud computing’s pay-per-use model means you only have to pay for the servers you need, for as long as you need them. The cost savings can be impressive. However, this rapid provisioning of computing resources also gives enterprises near-instant scalability, without massive capital investment or the need to install over-specified systems to cope with occasional peaks in demand.

webinarWith growing numbers of enterprises implementing cloud computing strategies that cut costs and boost business agility, this FREE Sun webinar describes some of the key concepts, discusses the issues and suggests how to evaluate the potential benefits for your organisation.

What the webinar includes:

* Case studies on how four organisations are benefitting
* Public clouds versus private clouds, and when to use a hybrid approach
* Assessing security, legal, governance and reliability issues

Register and View the Webinar here!!!

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Why should you look at Office 2010?

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.


1. Express your ideas more visually

Office 2010 opens up a world of design options to help you give life to your ideas. The new and improved picture formatting tools such as color saturation and artistic effects let you transform your document visuals into a work of art. Combined with a wide range of new pre-built Office themes and SmartArt® graphic layouts, Office 2010 gives you more ways to make your ideas stick.

2 Accomplish more when working together

Brainstorm ideas, provide better version control, and meet deadlines faster when you work in groups. The co-authoring experience for Microsoft® Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft® Excel Web App and Microsoft OneNote shared notebooks let you work on a file with several people at once – even from different locations.

3 Enjoy the familiar Office experience from more locations and more devices

With Office 2010, you can get things done more easily, from more locations and more devices. Using a smartphone or virtually any computer with an Internet connection, you can work when and where you want to work.

Microsoft Office Web Apps – Extend your Office 2010 experience to the Web. Store your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files online and then access, view, edit, and share content through the web.
Microsoft Office Mobile 2010  – Stay current and respond quickly using enhanced mobile versions of Office 2010 applications, specifically suited to your Windows Mobile-based smartphone.

Microsoft SharePoint® Workspace 2010 – Synchronize SharePoint 2010 lists and libraries with SharePoint Workspace, formerly known as Microsoft Office Groove, so you can access, view and edit files anytime and anywhere from your computer. Everything will automatically sync to the SharePoint server when you’re back online.

64 Create powerful data insights and visuals

Track and highlight important trends with new data analysis and visualization features in Excel 2010. The new Sparklines feature delivers a clear and compact visual representation of your data with small charts within worksheet cells. Filter and segment your PivotTable data in multiple layers using Slicers to spend more time analyzing and less time formatting.
5 Deliver compelling presentations

Captivate your audience with personalized videos in your presentation. Insert and customize videos directly in PowerPoint 2010—trim, add fades and effects, or bookmark key points in the video to call attention to selected scenes. Videos you insert are now embedded by default, relieving you from managing and sending additional video files.


6 Manage large volumes of e-mail with ease

Compress your long e-mail threads into a few conversations that can be categorized, filed, ignored, or cleaned up. The new Quick Steps feature let you perform multi-command tasks, such as reply and delete an e-mail in a single click, saving you time and in-box space.
7 Store and track all your ideas and notes in one place

Get the ultimate digital notebook for tracking, organizing, and sharing your text, picture, video and audio notes with OneNote 2010. New features such as version tracking, automatic highlighting, and Linked Notes give you more control over your notes so you’re always on top of where your ideas came from and the latest changes when working in teams.

8 Get your message out instantly

Broadcast your PowerPoint presentation to a remote audience, whether or not they have PowerPoint installed.5 The new Broadcast Slide Show feature allows you to share your presentation through a web browser quickly without additional set up.

9 Get things done faster and easier

Microsoft Office Backstage™ view replaces the traditional File menu to give you a centralized space for all of your file management tasks, such as the ability to save, share, print, and publish. The enhanced Ribbon across Office 2010 applications lets you access commands quickly and customize tabs to personalize the experience to your work style.


10 Access work across devices and platforms; Stay connected to your business and social networks.

Enjoy the freedom of using Office 2010 from more locations on more devices. When you use Microsoft® Office 2010, you’re getting the familiar and intuitive Office experience across PCs, Smartphones, and Web browsers on the go. Outlook 2010 is your hub for colleagues, customers, and friends. Use Outlook Social Connector to quickly view history of e-mails, meetings or attachments you receive from individuals. Get additional information about people, such as mutual connections and other social information, through SharePoint My Site, Windows Live™ or other popular third-party sites, to stay on top of your business and social circles.

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DNA Newspaper – “Online Medium has an Edge with Interactivity!!”

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., Mukund was in my team!!


Jokes apart, this set the platform for the discussion on how different is social media and traditional media? What is the factor which pulls us towards online and not the traditional newspapers?  We also spoke about the expectations from a newspaper and what newspapers should do to catch up with the online medium. There were lots of questions discussed like,

  1. What sections of a newspaper do you start with, and what is your favorite section in a newspaper?
  2. What do you think of the way science and technology is covered by newspapers?
  3. How different is social media and traditional media when it comes to covering science and technology?
  4. Do you think technology reporting in newspapers is more exclamatory than explanatory?
  5. Is more emphasis given to lifestyle technology than hardcore technology? Are newspapers making technology coverage interesting enough?
  6. From an IT professional’s perspective, what are the real issues a newspaper should be concentrating on?

You can read the complete article in Today’s DNA newspaper (Page no 12) – Click Here

Folks, who cannot see this epaper, please read the Article Here (pdf version of the page)

This discussion Featured Mukund Menon, Tinu Cherian, Vikas, Thejas, Arun Vijayan, Sunil Abraham, NT Balanarayan and Me.

As DNA completes a year today, This edition also features the “Top 50 Influentials in Bangalore”. Dont Miss it!!

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Download Ebook – “First Look: Microsoft Office 2010, by Katherine Murray”

For a limited time you can download this free e-book on Office 2010 without stepping through any registration. This ebook offers 14 chapters of early content, organized like so:

2010Part I, “Envision the Possibilities,” 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.

  • Chapter 1, “Welcome to Office 2010,” gives you a play-by-play introduction to new features;
  • Chapter 2, “Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently,” details the great feature enhancements and visual effects throughout the applications; and
  • Chapter 3, “Work Anywhere with Office 2010,” explores the flexibility factor by presenting a set of scenarios that enable users to complete their work no matter where their path takes them.

Part II, “Hit the Ground Running,” focuses on each of the Office 2010 applications in turn, spotlighting the key new features and showing how they relate to the whole. These chapters provide a how-to guide for many of the top features you’re likely to use right off the bat, and they offer inspiring ideas on how to get the most from your favorite applications.

Part III, “Next Steps with Office 2010,” zooms up to the big picture and provides examples to help you think through interoperability. How often do you use the various Office applications together? Customer research shows that people often don’t realize how well the applications work together as a complete system—which means they might be laboring over items they could easily incorporate from somewhere else. This part of the book provides examples for integrating the applications and explores Office 2010 security and training opportunities, as well.

You can download this free ebook by Katherine Murray: here it is (in XPS) and here it is (in PDF). 14 chapters: dive in and enjoy!

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VirtualBox Live Show – December : What’s New in VirtualBox 3.1

vbox_logo2_gradientVirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Join the Sun Team for the December edition of the VirtualBox Live Show to learn and ask questions about:

  • News
  • What’s New in VirtualBox 3.1?
    • Teleportation
    • Speedups
    • Snapshots 2.0
  • Live demo

Date:        December 16, 2009

Time:        8:00 am PST / 11:00 am EST / 15:00 GMT

Presented by: Andy Hall, VirtualBox Product Manager and Dr. Ulrich Möller, Senior VirtualBox Engineer

You can register for the Webcast here!!!

If you want to save time, money and frustration, you’ll want to join this webinar on the world’s most popular open source virtualization software.

If you have not used the product VirtualBox, its worth to try it once. Check this article for more information!!

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How to use Google Chrome Browser Extensions on Windows?

Google has always been proactive in making the browser more user-friendly. Extensions are the first step towards this initiative from Google. 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 USP).

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.

If you’re on a Windows or a Linux machine, you can check out more than 300 extensions in the gallery, including a few cool, useful and cute extensions.

Step 1: Launch your Chrome Browser, and goto the URL, If you get the below error message, then you will need to install the latest build of Google Chrome from


Step 2: Once you install the latest version fo the browser, you can see the website, which lists all the popular extentions available for use.


Step 3: Select the Extension you need (In this example, I am choosing the Gmail Notifier)


Step 4: Click on Install and Accept the Confirmation


Gmail_extension_appearsClicking on Install will download the extension and add it to your browser. (You will be able to see the extension, next to the address bar – As this is a Gmail notifier, you will need to login initially to get a track of your mails)

This completes the Installation of the Chrome Extensions.

You can manage the extensions using the Browser Settings Tab:

You will be able to see the list of Extensions which are installed on your browser, you can choose to enable or disable them as per your needs.


An extension system has been one of the most requested features for Google Chrome. It’s a tribute to Mozilla and the Firefox project that nowadays, users just expect all browsers to have built-in extensibility!!

Users can install and uninstall them quickly without restart, and extensions have a great polished look that fits in with Google Chrome’s minimalist aesthetic. When developers upload an extension it is available to users immediately, with limited restrictions and manual reviews only in a few situations.

Speaking on the Technical Enhancements, Chrome Extensions uses the Google Chrome’s multiprocess architecture to help keep extensions stable and safe. And Chromium’s extensive performance monitoring infrastructure has helped to ensure extensions affect Google Chrome’s speed as little as possible. You can learn more details about the internals of our system in the videos below.

Extensions aren’t quite beta-quality on Mac yet, but you will be able to preview them on a developer channel soon. And if you’re a web developer, you can learn more about writing extensions for Google Chrome on the Chromium blog.

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SysInternals tools – December Update

This blog post briefs up the updates which are made to the following SysInternals Tools.

VMMap v2.5: This update to VMMap, a process memory analysis utility, now identifies thread environment blocks (TEBs), the process environment block (PEB), and reserved memory.

Disk2vhd v1.4: Now includes an option for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that directs it to fix up the kernel and HAL to make the VHDs generated for these systems bootable in Virtual PC. It also skips sectors with CRC errors to enable the conversion of systems with failing disks.

Sigcheck v1.63: Instead of reporting ‘unsigned image’ for all signature check failures, Sigcheck now reports specific errors, such as the root not being trusted and the signing chain not being valid.


Autoruns v9.57: Now reports more group policy script entries.

PsExec v1.97: This update to PsExec fixes the interactive (-i) switch for Windows XP and a bug in the copy-to-remote (-c) switch that would sometimes prevent the copy from succeeding.

PsKill v1.13:  Fixes a bug in the process tree termination logic.

You can also use these tools using Internet, Check here –