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Microsoft Word 2010 – Preview

I got hold to Office Professional 2010 today and installed it on my machine now. The first feel I got was,“WOW, I have it with me now !!”.
The performance has improved significantly when compared to Office 2007(office 12). The ribbon buttons are more clean and neatly arranged and it pulls you to use them. Really Funnntasssttiiicc!!!
In this article, let’s look at some cool things in Word 2010.

You can also request for a Technical Preview here.

The first thing which I observed was the, Office logo design was changed, the one which is in the left top corner.

Hold a min… This is not only a design change, but it does a lot more stuffs than expected. It gives a detailed menu options now.

You do have a paste preview option, when you paste in some content, you can now preview how it will look depending on your choice, making it much less likely to undo a paste option. Hover your mouse over each option, and you’ll see the effect that using that option will have on the operation.

There are also nice photo editing tools, accessible via the Ribbon. Select a photo or picture and make it the way you like. A new “artistic effects” feature is added.

There are lot more features, but I could just pen down these few. Last but not the least; when you close a document without saving, you get a nice meaningful message. I love this change in MS products since Windows 7.

Office 2010 not only requires the same resources as requested Office 2007 to run, but the same resources to work better. With office 2007 being such a big hit among corporates, can be sure this product would be a hit as well!

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Great Indian Developer Summit(GIDS) 2009

India’s biggest independent summit for software developers is back for 2009! Packed with premium knowledge, action plans and advise from master speakers.
I would be attending the same tomorrow and the day after for the .NET tracks. I will post more live information, abstract and Presentation decks tomorrow and day-after. Keep watching this space for more information.

A little note on GIDS:
GIDS has been recognized by the THE HINDU as India’s biggest summit for software developers, including project managers, development managers, architects, system/database administrators, web designers and IT decision makers. For both veterans and newcomers to the world of .NET, Java, and the Rich Web, GIDS provides participants with a well-balanced learning experience that guarantee they go back with a richer understanding of the technologies that make a difference to their careers.

For more Information: Click here

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Tech-ed India 2009

Are you a Developer?
Software Engineer?
Solution Architect?
Development Manager?

Oh Common, thats too many questions to look., You just gotta be a Technology Enthusiast to be at Teched India.

Meet “like minds” and Technology geeks and receive the best return on your time invested through gaining real-time solutions. Welcome to TechEd India!!!

Bringing you Three days of deep dive technical training, information and community resources focusing on building software solutions with Microsoft development tools for current and soon to release products and technologies.

The various tracks evolve around .NET Fundamentals,Silverlight, Client Application Development, Azure, Service Layer Architecture, Visual Studio Team System, Unified Communication, Virtualization 360, Windows 7, Adminstering Server 2008, WIndows Mobile etc.

Also, I would be there at the event, speaking at the Unconference space on Windows 7 and about Springboard program.

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For registering for Tech Ed India, visit

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BITpro UG Meet – A Deep dive into Windows 7

Hey folks, We are having a big UG event this saturday on Windows 7 and Server 2008. This event would emphasize on how Windows 7 can make our everyday tasks easier, with improved user experience, productivity enhancements and Security additions.

As a STEP member, this would be my first session with addition contents and Demos.

Along with STEP significances and benefits, my session would cover these below areas
1. Windows Journey
2. Vista Annoyances (in brief)
3. Significant Improvements in Windows 7
4. User Account Control – Concept and Windows 7 Improvements
5. Per-User Deployment in Windows 7
6. Windows Installer 5.0
7. Application patching Enhancements
8. Other OS Enhancements like “Process Threading and Core Parking”

Event Agenda:
09.00AM to 09.30AM Registration
09.30AM to 10.00AM Keynote speech – UG Lead
10.00AM to 11.30AM A Deep Dive into Windows 7 – Mr.Vijay Raj (MVP: Setup-Deploy)
11.30AM to 11.45AM Tea Break
11.45AM to 12.45PM Windows7 Desktop Experience- Mr.Aresh Sarkari (hp, India)
12.45PM to 01.30PM Lunch Break
01.30PM to 02.15PM Power of Windows Server 2008 R2 – Mr. Ravikanth (Dell, India)
02.30PM to 04.00PM Windows 7 Hands on Lab **
04.00PM to 04.45PM Fun Activity
04.45PM to 05.00PM Vote of Thanks

Click here to Register

Do not miss it !!!

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Microsoft has come up with an amazing product called Myphone. My phone helps you to sync information betwen your mobile phone and the World Wide Web. It further enables you to backup and restore your phone content like photos, videos, contacts, sms, data files etc.

It also gives you access to update your phone contacts and appointments online through your live id!
For more FAQ on Microsoft MyPhone, Click here.

Simple Steps to Follow:
Step 1:
Goto, Sign in with your live id (if you dont have one, you can create it here)
Step 2: Raise a request code for Myphone a Services. Once done, you will get a mail from the Myphone team.

Step 3: Login to the website again, it would give you a website, which you will need to browse through your mobile. (I got a file “”, as I am using a windows mobile)
Step 4: Install the package and launch the program and follow the simple instructions.
Thats it, all your pictures, files, contacts are sync’ed.

Login to the website again to verify the same. (see above Image).

Trust me, This is fantastic.!! It just helped me right on time..!! As I was planning to change my job, i was getting worried on how do I back-up so many contacts which is stored in my mail exchange server. On using this, I could sync all my Contacts to my live id and its safe in “Myphone”. 🙂

Do try out the same.!!!

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Nominations for the Microsoft MVP Award Program

Herez’ some real good news for Technology Geeks. The nominations for the Microsoft MVP award program for this year are now accepted. Get into an Inner Circle with Microsoft Nominate yourself for the MVP Award Program Today !!!!

Every year, Microsoft recognizes technology experts and join them to an exceptional group of Individuals from around the world who have demonstrated a willingness to reach out, share thier technical expertise with others and help individuals maximise thier use of technology. The MVP Award is given in recognition of a recipient’s technical expertise, spirit of community, and their willingness to help their peers by providing reliable and accurate answers to technical questions about Microsoft products & technologies.

Visit the url to get more details.

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Staying Ahead in Your Career with Microsoft Certification

A challenging economic climate is driving many organizations to re-examine their operations. Ensuring employees have the skills to utilize the latest software capabilities helps companies fully realize the potential value of their technology investments while achieving reduced costs and improved staffing efficiencies. As responsible IT professional, it is essential to stay current on the latest technologies and proactively upgrade one’s skills. This will help the team to provide the necessary expertise to improve the organization’s IT environment. Certification, which encompasses training and skills validation, is a proven way to maximize the effectiveness of IT professionals.

Check out more information from TechRepublic on 10 reasons why certification will be important in 2009 How do you decide on the relevant Certification to invest in? Find out more on the demand of IT Skills and Certification available in the market. Some reports you can refer to include TechRepublic’s The industry’s 10 best IT certifications, and TechRepublic’s IT Salary Survey 2009.

This is the best time to join the Microsoft Certified Professional community!

If you are interested in getting a Microsoft Certification, here’s the good news … go to by April 30, 2009 and key in the Promo Code : INEFD6AA to enjoy a 10% discount on your next Microsoft Certification exam. Even better, you will enjoy a free retake if you fail the exam. (Limited to India usage only)

Note : Once you decided on obtaining a Microsoft Certification, you can participate in the upcoming Live Meeting on “Getting Started with Microsoft Certification” on April 7, 2009 10:30pm Singapore Time or April 8, 2009 8:30am Singapore Time. Also you can visit to find out more on the resources available.

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MTCP Webinar: Windows 7 – OS Enhancements

Hey All Satyam Folks, I am giving a webinar today at 3.00 PM on Windows 7

Additional Coverage: Power Enhancements and Background Processing
Do Try to attend, if you’re free.
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Ten Things IT Professionals Should Know About Windows 7

Enhanced Application compatibility
Hardware compatibility and requirements
Better Together with Windows Server 2008
Extend data encryption to removable media
Control the application portfolio available to end users
Automate routine tasks with powerful scripting
Troubleshoot faster and more effectively
Create, deploy, and manage images more efficiently
Easier migration of user data and profiles
Improve user productivity in branch offices.

For further reading…

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Bdotnet Windows 7 Launch Event – UG Meet

We had done lots of advertising and planning by 6th Evening for the Windows 7 Day at Bdotnet UG meet. However, we did not have any presentation intact till then. We decided to meet up by 9.00 AM at Vic’s office to work on the presentation and to sequence the session. Guess what, I was late to his office and I reached his office around 12.00 noon. We started creating the presentation content for the session and it all started with the title slider…Windows 7 “On the Rocks”. Our whole idea of doing this session was to give a “Wow” experience to all the attendees. We wanted to cover some not-so-common features, but which can play a major role in the day-day lives of End user, Administrator and a Developer. With all this is mind, we gave a broader picture of the session as “Transitional Approach of Windows from “providing UI to UX” and “w.r.t easing the developing and the deploying challenges”. Also, we wanted to explain the improvements which were identified, and how is it being addressed in this version of Windows. Time just passed, discussing on the session; it was 3.30 PM and we headed to EGL office.  We were the first ones to reach the office and we wondered if we are goanna’ have few more guys joining it… Slowly attendees started walking in and we had 30 in the session. We gave a delayed start for session by 15 mins and Vic started the proceedings explaining the journey of Windows from 1.01 till 7.


I pitched in and started addressing the Myths of UAC. Trust me; UAC is not all that bad. It’s just as giving a shoes to someone who is used to walk barefooted. I showcased some statistical data which proved that, UAC has helped lives for many of the machines and it has improved the way applications are made and built. Then we went thorough various UAC annoying points in Vista like Duplicated prompts, Need for optimized controls and messages etc. Then, I explained on the enhancements of UAC in Windows 7 and how better it reaches out to all the concerns and provides effective end user Experience.


Just went about addressing the Application lifecycle experience from a Developer/ IT Pro and an end user viewpoint & identified ways with which these issues can be tackled with effective use of Standard User developer principles for Windows 7. Addressing the challenges in Application Installations on Vista, I gave details on the enhancements which are made to Windows Installer 5.0 and Application Patching methodologies in Win 7. Also, Emphasized on Multi-Package Installer and per-user application deployment scenarios.., where there is minimal or no UAC while deployment and while using the application.


This was too much of serious talking and that’s when Vic came in with speaking on some less talked, lesser known natively supported features of Windows 7 like proximity, light sensitivity, accelerometer, global positioning along with cool demos. The examples given for this cause like fuel saving, ATM Display etc were just thought provoking.  You can check more on this at Vic’s blog. It was great to have Vic presenting with me. I had never seen him speak in a session before and it was just awesome to see him preach. I now understand how an Evangelist does his job. It was a good learning session for an aspiring evangelist like me.


Windows 7 Day at BdotNetFinally, there was a Q/A slide… Hey, wait a min. We did not let the attendees ask questions. Instead, we asked questions to them. We gave sample scenarios and asked them, how they could have done it in Legacy OS VISTA/XP. This is where we showcased Windows 7 UX capabilities’.


We almost spoke for 3 hours. Windows 7 had so much of features; we just didn’t have time to speak about it. Indeed, we gave a lot of homework as well.  It was great to see, attendees receiving our session very well and feedbacks of 9 in almost all the forms. Also, we had 27 till the last moment even when there was No AC working, and not enough seats.


We gave a copy of Windows 7(beta) to all the attendees and had a good gag with everyone after the session.