Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Updated to Final

March 27, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile SDK, Mobile-Development, VisualStudio, VS11, VS2010, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone SDK No comments

Microsoft has released final version of Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 which includes the support for Windows 8 and 256 MB devices for debugging.  (previously I blogged about the release of CTP version of the same here)


















Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update offers developers tools and options to help them develop and test applications for 256-MB Windows Phone devices.

Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update includes the following

  • New 256-MB version of Windows Phone Emulator
  • Updated 512-MB version Windows Phone Emulator
  • and IntelliSense support.

 Download Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update

My Hands On with –Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Visual Studio 11 and SQL Server 2012

March 8, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Microsoft, SQL Server, Sql Server 2012, VisualStudio, VS11, Windows, Windows 8 No comments

Recent days there has been some amazing releases by Microsoft such as long awaited Windows 8 Consumer Preview with lots of changes since Windows 8 Developer Preview.

Windows 8™ is latest operating system by Microsoft – is mainly targeting Tablet and touch enabled devices which can hold the windows 8 operating system. Windows 8 consumer preview consists of latest set Windows Apps from Windows Market, so that early adaptors and consumer market can evaluate the features of windows 8.

Visual Studio™ 11 is latest version of Visual Studio family offering from Microsoft – having improvements over previous version and more revamped UI which makes the similar attire of Metro UI. Since it has been termed as Visual Studio 11, there is lots of confusion among the developers – some call it as Visual Studio 2011 and actually it is Visual Studio version 11. Since the release date of final built is unknown Microsoft is stick to call it as Version 11, rather than calling it as Visual Studio 2012.

Visual Studio™ 11 BETA is released on 29th Feb 2012, the very same day Windows 8 Consumer Preview was unveiled. This gives us an indication that later some time in year 2012 Visual Studio 11 Final version will be released to manufacture.

SQL Server™ 2012 RTM(release-to-manufacture) is unveiled on 07th March 2012 – includes cloud centric features of SQL Server.

I give it a try of all of them together on my laptop today. Following are the series of steps I following with my initial review of all of the together.

1. Installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview

2. Installed Visual Studio 11 Ultimate

3. Install SQL Server 2012 – 180 Day Trial

Windows 8 installation went fine and I didn’t have to look for any drivers as the installation itself included most of the drivers for my laptop with core i3 – 4gb.

Attaching some screenshot of working copy.


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The point is I love Windows 8 because of it’s smoothness comparing to other windows. It is indeed going to be a very good platform for Tablet and Touch enabled devices.  Metro UI seems innovative because of the simplicity it offers and hats off to Microsoft for bringing it on to windows.

Internet Explorer 10 accompanied with Windows 8 Consumer Preview has a very good support for HTML5 comparing to IE 9.0. It scored over 314 points out of 450 when I run a test over http://www.html5test.com

Visual Studio 11 is fast comparing to Visual Studio 2010 and has built in support for building Metro based applications.

SQL Server 2012 installation was pretty straight forward and faster on windows 8, everything went smoothly on windows 8 and I am evaluating other features of SQL Server 2012. I leave my comments on those on my later posts. 

Need to do few Metro Apps using Visual Studio 11. It would be an awesome experience to work with cutting edge technologies such as Visual Studio 11, Windows 8 and SQL Server 2012.

Thanks Microsoft for Providing evaluation versions of all the software’s needed. I am not giving references to software links in this post, you may can look through my preview posts for download links.

That’s all for now. Happy Coding!

Visual Studio 11 BETA – available for download

March 2, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, ADO.NET, All, ASP.NET, C#.NET, Microsoft, VisualStudio, VS11, Windows 8 No comments

Microsoft has released BETA version of upcoming Visual Studio 11.  You can download appropriate version and install and try yourself.

Download from Microsoft Download Center

MUGH – Visual Studio 11 Developer Day, Hyderabad – 18th Feb 2012

February 16, 2012 All, Dev Community, Microsoft, MUGH, VisualStudio, VS11 No comments


Microsoft User Group Hyderabad (MUGH ) invites you to Developer Day on 18th Feb 2012 ( 9:30 A.M to 1.30 PM ) at Microsoft Campus , Hyderabad.

Join us to meet Meet Charles Sterling, Senior Program Manager, Visual Studio Team. Charles will deliver 90 min talks on “Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 11“.

Additionally, we have two sessions on “Debug production hosted application with Intellitrace and Visual Studio 11” and “SQL Server 2012 Database Unit Testing with Visual Studio 11“.

Check out the Complete Agenda from here : http://mugh.net/vs11devday/agenda.html

Register for the event @ http://mughvs11devday.eventbrite.com

10 Laps around Silverlight 5-Silverlight Show Series by Michael Crump

December 11, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, All, General, Microsoft, Silverlight, VisualStudio, VS11, VS2010 No comments

Read this Silverlight 5 learning series by Michael Crump

1) Introduction to SL5  – This post which provides a brief history of Silverlight and relevant links.

2) Binding – Ancestor Relative Source Binding and Implicit Data Templates.

3) Graphics -XNA 3D API and Improved Graphics Stack.

4) Media – Low-Latency Sound using XNA and Remote Control and Media Command (Keys) Support.

5) Text – Text Tracking and Leading, Linked and Multi-column Text, OpenType Support, Pixel Snapped Text and TextOptions.

6) Operating System Integration Part 1 – P/Invoke, Multiple Windows and Unrestricted File System Access in Full Trust.

7) Operating System Integration Part 2 – Default Filename for SaveFileDialog, 64-bit browser support and Power Awareness.

8) Productivity and Performance – XAML Binding Debugging, Parser Performance Improvements and Multi-core JIT for improved start-up time.

9 Controls – Double and Triple click support, PivotViewer and ComboBox Type-Ahead.

10) Other items – In-Browser HTML, PostScript and Tasks for TPL.

Happy Coding!!!

ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview & new Mobile Application Project Templates with jQuery Mobile support

November 13, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, All, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, C#.NET, Frameworks, General, HTML5, IIS, IIS 7.5, JavaScript, jQuery, JQuery Mobile, Microsoft, Mobile-Development, VB.NET, VisualStudio, VS11, VS2010 No comments

Newly released Developer Preview of so called ASP.NET MVC 4 is having some interesting additions.  ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview introduces also new template for mobile web applications. These templates are special because they are using jQuery Mobile – special jQuery library for building mobile user interfaces Check jQuery Mobile support levels for different mobile web browsers.

This release includes installation packages for Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview.

Quick overview of new features

1. New Default template to look good in both desktop browsers and mobile browsers without any customization.
2. Inbuilt Use of jQuery UI to provide a richer UI.
3. New Mobile Application project template based on jQuery Mobile for mobile and tablet browsers.
4. ‘Display Modes’ feature to select view corresponding to browser means might select different views for desktop browser and mobile browser.
5. Provides functionality to create an asynchronous action method.



ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview for Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 11 can be downloaded from the following page:

Download ASP.NET MVC 4 Developer Preview

ASP.NET MVC 4 can be installed and can run side-by-side with ASP.NET MVC 3.

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