New Update for ASP.NET & Visual Studio 2012 – Microsoft ASP.NET Fall 2012 Update BUILD Prerelease

November 2, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, All, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, C#.NET, Community, HotFixes, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, MSDN, SignalR, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web API No comments

A new prerelease update for Microsoft ASP.NET 4.5 has been introduced for Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio Express for WEB.

This release updates Visual Studio 2012 with a prerelease update to ASP.NET. Features and updates:

  • Enhanced Website publishing
  • New ASP.NET MVC Templates for Facebook applications and Single Page Application using knockout.js and ASP.NET Web API
  • ASP.NET Web API enhanced with new features:
    • ASP.NET Web API OData gives you the flexibility you need to build OData endpoints.
    • ASP.NET Web API Tracing integrates tracing data from your web APIs with .NET Tracing.
    • ASP.NET Web API Help Page automatically generates documentation for web APIs including the HTTP endpoints, the supported HTTP methods, parameters and example request and response message payloads.
  • Windows Azure Authentication makes it simple to enable authentication for web applications hosted on Windows Azure using Windows Azure Active Directory.
  • ASP.NET SignalR is an async signaling library for .NET to help build real-time, multi-user interactive web applications.
  • ASP.NET Friendly URLs makes it very easy for webforms developers to generate cleaner looking URLs(without .aspx extension).

For more information about using this release, please see the ASP.NET Fall 2012 Update Release Notes.


Download and Try – Microsoft ASP.NET Fall 2012 Update BUILD Prerelease

NB: This is a pre-release software, not a final version and not intended to use in Production environments.

Information Courtesy: Microsoft Download Center

Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2748141)

October 26, 2012 All, Community, HotFixes, Microsoft, MSDN, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2010 No comments

This update to Visual Studio will provide an extension point to Visual Studio 2010 SP1 that will allow for Web Publishing Updates.

DOWNLOAD: Update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2748141)

Updates Released for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012–before general availability – KB2756872

October 13, 2012 All, HotFixes, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Updates, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Store Development No comments

Before the general release of Windows 8 – Microsoft has released a few important updates for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM. Remember if you have running RTM version of Windows 8/2012 your system will be eligible to receive this update.

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. Also you can see some of the built-in applications have received updates. 

As per the Hotfix Knowledge base for this update over here 

This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements:

  • Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
  • Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
  • Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
  • Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8

This update applies to

Windows 8

  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard

How to install

You can install this update either using Windows Update in your Windows 8/Server 2012 system.


You can manually download the updates from Microsoft Download Center

Other Updates

Additional articles for reference :

KB – Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update

ZDNET – Microsoft delivers Windows 8 updates ahead of Service Pack 1

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.6–Released

October 9, 2012 .NET, All, C#.NET, Featured, HotFixes, Kinect Development, Kinect SDK, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, ToolKits, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, WPF 3 comments

Microsoft has released v1.6 of the Kinect for Windows SDK with support for Windows 8 application support, Visual Studio 2012 development support. You can develop Windows Store applications that would utilize the Kinect Sensor through the USB interface, the new SDK provides enough support necessary for application development using Visual Studio 2012 in a Windows 8 environment.

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The Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) enables developers to create applications that support gesture and voice recognition, using Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Embedded Standard 7.

What’s new?

The Kinect for Windows SDK, driver, and runtime v1.6 are 100% compatible with Kinect for Windows v1.0 and 1.5 applications and include new features such as: access to additional features of the Kinect Sensor, improved developer efficiency, and new operating system and tools support.

[Quoting from Release notes]

Windows 8 Support

Using the Kinect for Windows SDK, you can develop a Kinect for Windows application for a desktop application in Windows 8.

Visual Studio 2012 Support

The SDK supports development with Visual Studio 2012, including the new .NET Framework 4.5.

Accelerometer Data APIs

Data from the sensor’s accelerometer is now exposed in the API. This enables detection of the sensor’s orientation.

Extended Depth Data Is Now Available

CopyDepthImagePixelData() now provides details beyond 4 meters; please note that the quality of data degrades with distance. In addition to Extended Depth Data, usability of the Depth Data API has been improved. (No more bit masking is required.)

Color Camera Setting APIs

The Color Camera Settings can now be optimized to your environment.

  • You can now fine-tune white balance, contrast, hue, saturation, and other settings.
  • To see the full list, launch Kinect Explorer from Developer Toolkit Browser and review the Exposure Settings and Color Settings controls for a full list of settings that can be optimized.

More Control over Decoding

New RawBayer Resolutions for ColorImageFormat give you the ability to do your own Bayer to RGB conversions on CPU or GPU.

New Coordinate Space Conversion APIs

There are several new APIs to convert data between coordinate spaces: color, depth, and skeleton. There are two sets of APIs: one for converting individual pixels and the other for converting an entire image frame.

German Language Pack for Speech Recognition

The SDK ships with a German speech recognition language pack that has been optimized for the sensor’s microphone array.

Infrared Emitter Control API

The sensor’s infrared emitter has previously always been on when the sensor is active, which can cause depth detection degradation in a scenario where multiple sensors are observing the same space. There is a new API (KinectSensor.ForceInfraredEmitterOff) for turning the infrared emitter off.

Introducing New Samples!

  • Basic Interactions-WPF: Demonstrates basic gestures, such as targeting and selecting with a cursor, as well as appropriate feedback mechanisms for an optimal user experience.
  • WPF D3D Interop: Demonstrates DirectX 11 interop with WPF, including full WPF composition of DirectX surfaces.
  • Infrared Basics-WPF, Infrared Basics-D2D: Demonstrates using an infrared stream and displaying an image using depth data.


Kinect Studio 1.6.0

Kinect Studio has been updated to support the Infrared, RawBayer, Extended Depth Data, and Accelerometer features.

The Infrared Stream Is Now Exposed in the API

The Kinect sensor’s infrared stream is now exposed as a new ColorImageFormat.

You can use the infrared stream in many scenarios, such as:

  1. Calibrating other color cameras to the Kinect’s depth sensor
  2. Capturing grayscale images in low-light situations
  3. Two infrared samples have been added to the toolkit, and you can also try out infrared in KinectExplorer.

Note that the sensor is not capable of capturing infrared streams and color streams simultaneously. You can, however, capture infrared and depth streams simultaneously.

Support for Virtual Machines

The Kinect for Windows sensor now works on Windows running in a virtual machine and has been tested with the following VM environments:

  • Microsoft HyperV
  • VMWare
  • Parallels

This greatly expands the utility of the Kinect for Windows SDK, as it can now be used on any machine whose native OS supports running Windows in one of the VM packages listed above. In particular, this enables several developer scenarios, such as certain automated testing approaches.


Setup and configuration details for using the Kinect with the tested VMs are contained in the Getting Started section of this documentation.


Note that only one Kinect at a time will work with a given VM, and you may experience lower frame rates on lower-end computers as some computing resources are consumed by the VM itself.

[Quoting from Release notes]

View release notes for understanding the complete set of feature improvements in v1.6.


Download Kinect for Windows SDK v1.6  (Version:

Download Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.6 (Version:


Additional reference about release – read the Kinect for Windows team announcement blog

Download – Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 8

August 16, 2012 All, HotFixes, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Windows, Windows 8 No comments

The Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 8 will install Media Player and related technologies on a computer running Windows 8 N or Windows 8 KN editions.

What is Windows 8 N & KN versions?

Windows 8 N and Windows 8 KN editions include the same functionality as Windows 8, except that these versions of Windows do not include Windows Media Player, and related technologies. (especially targeting European Union customers) .
End-user customers can enable the media functionality to work properly by installing the Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 8 (KB2703761).
This feature pack can be applied to computers running either Windows 8 N or Windows 8 KN editions.

Download from Microsoft Download Center

ASP.NET MVC 4 -RTM for Visual Studio 2010 SP1–available

August 16, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, HotFixes, Microsoft, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows No comments

With the release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft has released the ASP.NET MVC 4 – RTM for Visual Studio 2010 SP1.

ASP.NET MVC 4 is a framework for building scalable, standards-based web applications using well-established design patterns and the power of ASP.NET and the .NET Framework. It installs side-by-side with ASP.NET MVC 3.

ASP.NET MVC 4 for VS2010 SP1 will add necessary support for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 for building ASP.NET MVC 4 applications using Visual Studio.

ASP.NET MVC 4 also includes:

* ASP.NET Web API, a framework for building and consuming HTTP services that can reach a broad range of clients including browsers, phones, and tablets. ASP.NET Web API is great for building services that follow the REST architectural style, plus it supports RPC patterns.
* ASP.NET Web Pages and the new Razor syntax provide a fast, approachable, and lightweight way to combine server code with HTML to create dynamic web content.
* Web Optimization, a framework for bundling and minifying scripts and CSS files.
* NuGet, a free, open source developer focused package management system for the .NET platform intent on simplifying the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development.

You can download ASP.NET MVC 4 for VS2010 SP1 using Web Platform Installer from below links:


ASP.NET MVC 4 for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2010 SP1 (x86 and x64) – (English)  (using Microsoft Web Platform Installer )

ASP.NET MVC 4 for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2010 SP1 (x86 and x64) – (English) (from MSDN Subscription downloads)

ASP.NET MVC 4 for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2010 SP1 (from Microsoft Download Center – Direct Download)

Top Features included in ASP.NET MVC 4 are:

  • ASP.NET Web API .
  • Refreshed and modernized default project templates .
  • New mobile project template (using jQuery Mobile).
  • Many new features to support mobile apps .
  • Enhanced support for asynchronous methods .
  • Read the full feature list in the release notes.

Go on everyone upgrade your existing beta or RC version of ASP.NET MVC 4 project to RTM version and rock the world.

You want to learn ASP.NET MVC 4, then go through the new tutorial sets below

Tutorials: ASP.NET MVC 4 Mobile Features


Release Notes for ASP.NET MVC 4

new ASP.NET MVC 4 tutorial series