All these days Windows Phone Developers from Sri Lanka had no way of submitting apps directly to the Windows Appstore. We have to go through third party app companies such as Yalla Apps to resolve this issue.
But from today Microsoft is accepting developers directly from Sri Lanka to submit apps. Good news for Windows Phone developers in Sri Lanka.
Annual fee of $99 will be deducted from your account so make sure you make hell of an application to recover the money u put in . You can join the program here. I hope Google will follow the paths of Microsoft and will allow developers to sell applications from Sri Lanka.
Good Luck Windows Phone Devs in Lanka.
Metro UI is lately a hot news at Microsoft with the release of Windows 7 phones and Windows 8 Developer preview. By this October official Windows 8 release will happen. Microsoft keeps their expectation high on this release.
Along with Windows 8 release, Microsoft is changing most of their products into Metro UI enabled products. You can see this in many places including new Office and Live / Hotmail.
Recently Microsoft enabled Metro UI for their live mail service. To get the Metro UI, you have to just go to http://outlook.com and login with your live / Hotmail username and password. You will see nice (well not for me) Metro UI.
Lately Microsoft is releasing language packs for Sinhala language for various platforms with the help of Sri Lanka government and Microsoft Sri Lanka. Now you can use Office and Windows in Sinhala. Addition to that you can use live mail with Sinhala Metro UI. Sounds cool huh?
Just login at outlook.com and change the language as shown below.
Once the language is changed to Sinhala you can see the whole interface in Sinhala Language. I’m sure this will enable people who doesn’t know English to use email.
Most of the apple fan boys strongly believe in what apple does is always right. When others hit on Apple’s profit margin, more than Steve Jobs’s ghost they’ll be worried.
When Samsung and Google started to smash into the smart phone market, the only remark they made was “Whats wrong with Google, now they complicate the market by providing new Mobile OS”. For god sake if Google was not venturing into Phone OS warfare, iPhone users won’t be getting half of what they are getting right now.
Apple is famous for leaving behind the core features and add some features such as Siri to make it look nice. You guys remember how long it took Apple to develop a basic 3G video calling feature which was available even on all time crappy Nokia phones.
I’m sure many Apple fan boys were annoyed by the products released at Google I/O 2012. Starting from Jelly bean OS, Nexus 7 Tablet and Nexus Q. Obviously Jelly bean is cooler than current iOS and it has many awesome features such as offline voice typing.
Soon Apple will also implement it. Mark my word and Apple will promote it as if they’ve done something remarkable. I was told iOS 5.0 already have it. My bad.
Nexus 7 is not an iPad killer. For god sake, it will be a competitor for Amazon Kindle Fire. Nexus Q might hurt the Apple TV’s market. But if you compare the price tag Apple has the advantage. Nexus Q priced at $299 and Apple TV priced at $100. But again Nexus Q has cool features such as allowing multiple parties to interact with the device. For example you can control the Nexus Q using your Android Mobile later you can switch off it using Android Tablet. Another cool example for allowing multiple party is, say for example you and your friend watching a movie together but you couldn’t complete it. Your friend can go home and continue the movie from where you guys stopped in his Nexus Q machine. How cool is it?
There is nothing wrong with Apple. They did change the face of smart phones that we are using today and they shaped up the technology in our day to day life, but everyone else had their share in the process too, including Microsoft, Google etc. I do have respect for Apple and their innovative cool designs and products. But that doesn’t mean that I’ll worship only Apple and think other products are inferior.
If Apple does it, it’s innovative. Others innovate something cool, then unnecessary feature. Ohh my dear Apple fan boys go get a life!!!!
At last Bing.com is LIVE NOW
Bing is a Search Engine developed my Microsoft to challenge Google’s Search Engine. No wonder Microsoft trying to venture into a new Search Engine while having their crappy LIVE search as they want to be the monopoly in everywhere. Google started with Search Engine, now it has roots each and every aspects of internet.
They’re (Bing guys) claiming that “We took a new approach to go beyond search to build what we call a decision engine. With a powerful set of intuitive tools on top of a world class search service, Bing will help you make smarter, faster decisions. We included features that deliver the best results, presented in a more organized way to simplify key tasks and help you make important decisions faster.”
I did some search online and found that it’s doing pretty well compare to over projected CUIL. But still I’m in love with Google.
Hope this guy will give good fight to Google. Internet giants are fighting means, we gonna get more free quality services.
BINGO..! way to go
Microsoft is proclaiming Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) finished and will be releasing the final bits for download on March 19.
Microsoft plans to make the bits available as of 9 a.m. PT on Thursday. Interested parties will be able to grab them from the Internet Explorer 8 Web site, officials said.
Update: The final IE 8 bits are downloadable now from here for Windows XP and Vista. The final version isn’t meant for installation on Windows 7.
Microsoft officials will launch officially IE 8 during the Mix ‘09 morning keynote on March 19.
There are very few changes between the Release Candidate (RC) IE 8 code that Microsoft delivered in January and the final bits, officials said.
Starting with the RC, Microsoft began offering users a downloadable Compatibility List of sites which automatically default to the older, non-standards-compliant version of Internet Explorer 7 in order to lessen compatibility problems with IE 8. Since January, Microsoft has tweaked that list a bit, removing sites which have since updated so as to work properly with the more standards-centric IE 8, and adding new ones that aren’t standards-mode compliant. Otherwise, the tweaks to the product have been few.
Microsoft is planning to push IE 8 to users via its automatic updating mechanisms, but has yet to set a date as to when it will do so. In the interim, downloading the IE 8 code from Microsoft’s Web site will be the way interested users can obtain the latest release of the Microsoft browser.
Microsoft also plans to bundle IE 8 with Windows 7 when that operating system is launched, most likely later this year. Recently, officials said they plan to offer users the option of “removing” IE 8 from Windows 7 in order to try to head off antitrust punishments likely to be doled out by the European Commission overseeing the Opera browser-bundling complaint against Microsoft.
I went to download live messenger to chat with my friends and found out the Live messenger is available in
Tamil too. You can select Tamil as language in right hand side drop down list and download it from Live messenger site. Along with Live messenger, other programs such as mail, writer also coming in Tamil.
Once you started the installation it’ll proceed as shown in the figure.
You can also check out their FAQ section also in Tamil.
I thought yahoo will release Tamil messenger first but apparently its Microsoft who taken the lead on localization. Happy to see most of online products are getting localized into Tamil. I can give you several examples such as Tamil WordPress, Google products such as Gmail, Google Docs, Orkut, and Facebook etc.
Hope to see more wide presence of Tamil in virtual world in near future.
If you happen to switch off your machine unexpectedly (due to power failure or forced shut down) then you’ll get a white screen with a button to restore. Most of the time using this button you can restore your active desktop, but sometimes it’ll never work and you’ll have to have that white ugly screen all the time.
By doing a edit in registry you can recover your Desk-top. Steps are as follows
- start -> run -> regedit
- Now Registry window will open
- Choose folders as in this order HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components
- Open HTML Version
- edit the html version to 0 (Value Data)
- Now refresh your desk-top
Here we go! You’ll no longer have that annoying ugly button “Restore my Active Desktop”
Your System Restore icon is missing from Start Menu?? We’ve got solution
Have you ever visited Taj Mahal or Pyramids of Egypt or the castles in England? Nope? Haven’t you worried about it? What you gonna do about it?
Don’t worry Microsoft has come up with an idea to solve your problem. You may not be able to afford a trip to Washington DC but you can afford to browse online rite? (Just like me)
To view these virtual locations you need to install a plug-in which enables you to browse them in browsers. You don’t need to install any new standalone applications.
How does it work?
Photosynth is a potent mixture of two independent breakthroughs: the ability to reconstruct the scene or object from a bunch of flat photographs, and the technology to bring that experience to virtually anyone over the Internet.
Using techniques from the field of computer vision, Photosynth examines images for similarities to each other and uses that information to estimate the shape of the subject and the vantage point the photos were taken from. With this information, we recreate the space and use it as a canvas to display and navigate through the photos.
Providing that experience requires viewing a LOT of data though—much more than you generally get at any one time by surfing someone’s photo album on the web. That’s where our Seadragon™ technology comes in: delivering just the pixels you need, exactly when you need them. It allows you to browse through dozens of 5, 10, or 100(!) megapixel photos effortlessly, without fiddling with a bunch of thumbnails and waiting around for everything to load.
Even you can use your images that you took from your digital camera and make such virtual tour. This application will help you to synchronize your images and make a 3D virtual object. Imagine you moved to new home and wanna share it with your friends, isn’t it a wonderful idea????
Finally yahoo announces that Microsoft has undervalued their company. I got the following news from yahoo press room
After careful evaluation, the Board believes that Microsoft’s proposal substantially undervalues Yahoo! including our global brand, large worldwide audience, significant recent investments in advertising platforms and future growth prospects, free cash flow and earnings potential, as well as our substantial unconsolidated investments. The Board of Directors is continually evaluating all of its strategic options in the context of the rapidly evolving industry environment and we remain committed to pursuing initiatives that maximize value for all stockholders.