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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.

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How to Insert and Trim Videos in a PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint 2010 provides us a a very easy option to import and use videos in a presentation. In this article, we will look at how to Insert YouTube Videos and other media files into a PowerPoint Presentation. We will also learn how to Trim and customize a video.

Step 1: Open a PowerPoint Presentation, When you add a new slide (or change the slide layout), you will see the below screenshot. Select the Media option as shown below.

Insert Media Clip onto a PowerPoint Presentation

Step 2: Browse through your local folder and select a video to insert. Once the video is imported. You will see the same on the slide.  In this demo, let me add a Windows Phone 7 Demonstration video. (video courtesy – Chris Pirillo)

A point to note – You will also see the media button and options below the video. This can be used to control the Playback and other Media options.

Media Options by Default - Import Video in PowerPoint 2010Step 3: You can look at a preview of the video by right-clicking on the video file. If the video is a long one, and you do not want to show the entire video in your presentation, then you can trim and show just a section.

Invoke Trim Video Options in PowerPoint 2010Step 4: You can basically, choose the section which you want to show in your presentation. Once the selection is made, Just hit the OK button.

Trimming a Specific Section in a Video - PowerPoint 2010

and Bingo.. the trimmed video will be as a part of your presentation!

Insert Videos from Web Site (YouTube, MetaCafe, BlipTV etc..)

Somes times when you see a nice video and want to include it in your presentation, you dont really want to download it and import. Rather, there is a need to add it directly. Office 2010 provides you an option to import a video from any website. In this example, lets import an YouTube Video.

Step 1: Goto Insert Menu -> Select Video -> Video from Website (as Shown below)

Insert YouTube Video onto a PowerPoint PresentationStep 2: This will give you a dialog to insert a link of the video. You can copy the embed code from YouTube (or any other websites) and paste it into the textbox below (as shown)

Insert YouTube Video Embed Code - PowerPoint 2010On clicking the Insert Button, you will find the YouTube video inserted in the Slide. You can resize it as per your need..!

YouTube Video gets Embedded in a Presentation - PowerPoint 2010You also have options to change the Video Styles, Correct the brightness and Contrast etc..

Video Correction Options in a Presentation - PowerPoint 2010

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Microsoft Teched India 2010 – Videos and Presentation Slides : My Sessions

Hello Folks. I know that, i am really late in publishing this information. As you are aware, last month we had Microsoft teched happening in Bangalore.. where I was one of the Speaker for a couple of sessions.! I was indeed waiting for the video, so that I can publish both together.. but looks like the wait is gonna take some more time. Hence, shared the deck and related articles here. I shall upload the video, once I get hold of them!

Slidedeck – Overcoming the Application Compatibility Hurdle in Windows 7

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  • Part 1: How do you fix the OS Version Number Issues? 
  • Part 2: Fix Browser Compatiblity Issues with Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7 
  • Part 3: Install, Setup and Work with Virtual XP Mode 
  • Part 4: Session 0 Isolation and Secure Desktop
  • Part 5: Libraries, UAC, WRP and other Core Changes
  • Slidedeck – Managing Your Images with Deployment Image Servicing & Management (DISM)

    Related Content:

    These how-to articles on DISM will help you understand what DISM tools can do, which were the tools it replaced, its Commands, Architecture and options.

    You can also watch and Download the Videos/Presentation Slides of the other Sessions here at (Coming Soon)

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    Solve Application Compatibility Challenges in Windows 7 – Video from App-DNA

    For most of the world’s large enterprises, the migration to Windows 7 is already underway. This is emphatically not the ‘wait and see’ attitude we experienced with Vista. And every expert agrees: the main step to getting your application estate over to Windows 7 is tackling application compatibility.

    App-DNAWith that in mind, The App-DNA team has brought together three of the very best experts to discuss the migration and application compatibility issues you’re about to face as you move your organization to Windows 7 – along with App-V, 64-bit or server-based computing.

    These are three heavy-hitters who have seen more migrations than most:

    • Chris Jackson, Microsoft’s famous ‘App-Compat Guy’
    • Andy Wray, head of the Microsoft Practice at HP
    • Paul Schnell, CTO of App-DNA, the app-compat pioneers

    In this short, powerful video, moderated by leading tech journalist Cliff Saran, you’ll hear:

    1. Why enterprises are moving to Windows 7 so soon
    2. Why Service Pack 1 isn’t delaying the market
    3. Why this is the ideal opportunity to optimize your desktops
    4. The new record for number of apps in one enterprise (the old record was 91,000!)
    5. Why app compatibility is THE #1 challenge
    6. What the main stumbling blocks are for the apps that will struggle to migrate
    7. How you can emerge from this migration with much better app management processes
    8. Where virtualization, 64-bit and server-based computing fit in

    You can watch this video here – The Journey to Windows 7

    I would recommend you also read the Complete Application Compatibility Series


    Increase Productivity, Improve Security, and Streamline PC Management with Windows 7

    The Windows 7 operating system delivers on the key capabilities customers have asked for:

    • Windows 7 LogoImproved productivity by giving end-user instant access to information
    • Providing tools for IT to securely support their business
    • Protect corporate data
    • Achieve cost efficiencies
    • Take advantage of the virtualization trends in client computing

    Leverage these online resources to explore key Windows 7 product features, plus deployment, security, management, and productivity.


    Watch these webcasts on Windows 7 and learn how you can utilize the next generation of Windows to reduce costs and complexity. Tune in to live webcasts and stream or download webcasts for on-demand viewing.


    Learn smart strategies, get new insights, and stay up-to-date on Microsoft tools, technologies, and services. Stream or download a video today.

    Virtual Labs

    Virtual labs are a great way to get a hands-on look at features and tools in the Windows 7 operating system. They’re simple, with no complex setup or installation required.


    Stream or download these podcasts on to your favorite podcast software or mobile device. Podcasts are free and do not require registration—just click, listen, and learn.

    Effective Guides – How to make Windows 7 Deployment Easy?

    With the Windows 7 adoptions on the high, this article will provide you information on easing the Windows 7 Deployment challenges; by providing effective guides on Deployment Stratergy,Assessment and Planning Toolkit, Application Readiness, Shims and Application Compatibility.

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    Download Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Videos from the SPC 2009

    While Microsoft can’t publish all the conference content from SPC (Share Point Conference 2009), they have cherry picked the most popular sessions and publish a selection of most popular Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 develop SPC videos and slide decks! Here’s the selection of most popular sessions:

    Office 2010 Videos | SharePoint Conference 2009

    Office 2010 has many new developer oriented features. As a Microsoft Office developer, you can create highly refined user experiences that reduce complexity for users and make them instantly more productive. The following five videos represent a selection of most popular Office developer track sessions from the SharePoint Conference 2009.

    SharePoint 2010 Videos | SharePoint Conference 2009

    SharePoint 2010 has many new developer oriented features. Developers can build collaboration applications on the platform features of Microsoft SharePoint 2010, the new tools for SharePoint 2010 make developers more productive, and new hosting options for SharePoint solutions provide more flexibility in deployment. The following five videos represent a selection of most popular SharePoint developer track sessions from the SharePoint Conference 2009.

    You will be also interested in reading this – Fixing Code Compatibility Issues with Office 2010 Compatibility Inspector

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    Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 – Video Demonstrations and Tutorials

    Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5Learn how to create, configure, publish, and maintain virtual applications with Microsoft Application Virtualization with these eight new short videos from the Springboard Series.

    Create a Virtual Application Using the App-V Sequencer

    The Application Virtualization (App-V) Sequencer is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that enables IT professionals to create a new virtual application. This video will walk you through the different files that make up a virtual application package and teach you how to:

    • Run the App-V 4.6 Sequencer to sequence an application.
    • Create file type associations and shortcuts.
    • Configure a custom application package.

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    Launch a Virtual Application and Review Client Configuration

    The Application Virtualization (App-V) Client provides the IT administrator with many flexible configuration options depending on their enterprise business requirements. This video will outline the user experience when launching an application and demonstrate:

    • How to apply configuration at package time, such as Send To and File Type Associations (FTAs).
    • How to remove the App-V notification when an application launches, and other client configurations.
    • How App-V provides a seamless user experience while leveraging the power of virtualization to avoid application conflicts and installation.

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    Publish a Virtual Application Using Full Infrastructure Mode

    The Application Virtualization (App-V) Management Console enables you to publish virtual applications to your end users as well as create license metering rules and run reports about your applications. In this screencast, you’ll learn how to:

    • Import a virtual application for publishing.
    • Create File Type Associations (FTAs) if you chose not to do them at sequence time.
    • Assign applications to the appropriate users via Active Directory security distribution groups.

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    Update a Virtual Application Using App-V

    All Application Virtualization (App-V) application updates occur when the user launches the application. Updating virtual applications using App-V is a simple process that does not impact user productivity because it does not require the user to install an application, or reboot. Familiarize yourself with the upgrade experience from a user perspective then learn how to update a virtual application using App-V.

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    Deprovision a Virtual Application

    One of the great capabilities provided by Application Virtualization (App-V) is its ability to seamlessly deprovision the application without impacting user productivity, requiring user or application downtime, or requiring the need to uninstall or reboot. This screencast will show you how to quickly and easily deprovision a virtual application using App-V.

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    Run Microsoft Office in an App-V Virtualized Environment

     Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) provides the ability to deliver virtual applications to users on demand out of the box. With App-V, you can run multiple versions of applications on the same computers where small groups of users will not be adversely impacted by fast deployment and speedy migration, or incompatibilities in file formats between versions of the same applications. In this video, we’ll demonstrate how two different versions of Microsoft Office Word can run side-by-side, and how data can be shared between the different versions.

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    Use App-V Metering to Manage Application Licenses

    Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) provides the ability to deliver, meter, and manage virtual applications on demand out of the box without requiring any additional software or tools. This screencast will demonstrate:

    • How to create, apply, and report on a metering rule.
    • The user experience when a rule is enforced.
    • The importance of metering in assisting IT to controlling access and in purchasing the appropriate number of application licenses.

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    Use Dynamic Suiting to Create a Plug-in Dependency for Virtual Applications

    Dynamic Suite Composition (DSC) provides the ability to link applications together to create a small footprint for each application by sharing common, non-conflicting dependencies such as add-ins and middleware components. DSC also helps simplify permissions so that, once permissions are granted to the user, the user will automatically receive the plug-in the next time the application is launched without waiting for installation or having to perform an additional activity. This video will walk you through the simple process of using the DSC tool, and show you how to create a plug-in dependency in Microsoft Office Word using DSC.

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    Access additional resources including a Getting Started Guide, planning and design guidance, and security best practices on the MDOP page. Also read – 64-bit version of App-V 4.6 Download and MDOP 2010 Launches!

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    Download full version of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe – Free Giveaway

    This unique HD video converter tool which supports multi-track HD videos. Freely convert BDAV, M2TS, MKV, AVCHD, MPEG-TS, etc, with specific audio language track and video track you want. Extract video from your HD camcorders to PC or portable devices. Make a digital copy of your Blu-ray video, so that you can watch the movie at anytime, anywhere. Without any third party codecs, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe fully meets all your video conversion needs.

    The Digiarty Software, Inc. is giving this software for free,  and this offer will last only till March 15th this month!

    WinX HD Video COnverter DeluxeThis program offers absolutely friendly interface to novice who can use the default setting to convert video with only a few clicks. Advanced users are also allowed to customize output videos by adjusting related parameters. Free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe now, converting video should be much easier and faster as this program does for you.

    Main Features of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

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    If you have an issue with the above button, you can directly download the exe from here

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    Zeollar – The All new Technology TV Channel on your browser!

    Zeollar - The All new Technology TV Channel on your browser!Zeollar is a Microsoft India DPE initiative that gets you the latest technical content on a daily basis in different channels. Think of it like a personal television that switches on every day at a specified hour allowing you to switch channels and view the channel of your interest.

    Just to give a snapshot on the technologies used for this project – Windows Azure, SQL Azure, CDN technologies for on-demand videos, Support for smooth streaming for on-demand videos, Windows Media encoder, Social networking integration with FB and Twitter, ASP.NET MVC, JQuery among others. Designed using Expression suite and developed in c# and Java script.

    You can access the zeollar here –

    Zeollar provides you smooth streaming of videos, which means, as your internet bandwidth goes high, the video quality gets much better and better! I could test that, and was able to make out a visible difference!

    Ram (head, DPE-India) says,

    This technology evangelism platform is conceived and built by our team to try out various ways to reach out to technical audience. Please take a look at what pandu/supreet (dev/designer combo of this project) have to say on this project. (Watch this video on Introduction to Zeollar!)

    BTW, this project is all cloud based. We don’t talk cloud; we do cloud., and Zeollar stands for Zero Dollar – that’s how much we spent for this project and planning to spend for its sustenance (almost)!