Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Microsoft today launched the Community 2013 edition of Visual Studio, which essentially replaces the very limited Visual Studio Express version the company has been offering for a few years now.

There is a huge difference between Visual Studio Express and the aptly named Visual Studio 2013 Community edition, though: The new version is extensible, so get access to the over 5,100 extensions now in the Visual Studio ecosystem. It’s basically a full version of Visual Studio with no restrictions, except that you can’t use it in an enterprise setting and for teams with more than five people (you can, however, use it for any other kind of commercial and non-commercial project).

“The simple way to think about this is that we are broadening up access to Visual Studio,” Microsoft’s corporate VP of its Developer Division S. “Soma” Somasegar told me in an interview late last month. Somasegar told me that the…

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Finally something great from Nokia that runs latest Android…

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Today at the Slush conference in Helsinki, home-town hero Nokia — the part of the business that did not get sold off to Microsoft, that is — has revealed its first device: the N1, a iPad-like small tablet with an aluminum shell, a 7.9-inch screen and the Android Lollipop OS. Selling for $249, it will be sold first in China by way of a manufacturing and distribution partnership with Foxconn and initially at least will be WiFi-only.

“They said Nokia is dead,” Nokia’s head of devices Sebastian Nyström, pictured below, said as he started out his presentation today. “I say, they couldn’t be more wrong.” After the N1, there will be more products to come.

He then launched into an emotional (for a Finn!) speech about Nokia’s focus on great design, engineering and a consumer focus — areas he said the company could not leave behind with the sale to Redmond.

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Teasingly, he…

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Amazon Aurora, A high performance relational Database as a Service.

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At its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas, Amazon today announced Aurora, a new relational database service the company built from the ground up. As Amazon’s Andy Jassy, the head of the company’s cloud services platform, noted in today’s keynote, the company has been working on this project for over three years now.

As enterprises move to the cloud, they also want to move their databases, but in order to avoid having to pay for expensive licenses, they often choose open source tools like MySQL or Postgres. To get those to perform well, though, is hard. So Aurora is a fully MySQL compatible database service that allows you to migrate data into the service easily.


Unlike standard MySQL, the service is extremely fast, however, and set up to be highly available and self-healing. Amazon says the service can handle about 6 million inserts per minute, for example.

A large…

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Microsoft Office Apps Skyrocket To The Top Of The Apple’s App Store …

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Nothing sells like “free.” Microsoft Word is now the number one free iPhone and iPad application on iTunes, closely followed by other Microsoft Office apps including Excel and PowerPoint. The apps have shot up to the top of Apple’s App Store after last week’s pricing changes. Before, Microsoft had required iPad users to subscribe to Office 365 in order to create new files, and had offered a limited feature set on iPhone. But that all changed on Thursday.

Microsoft finally began to allow more of the public to use its Office apps for free, releasing new unified applications as a part of its Office for iOS suite. The updated apps included integration with Dropbox, and fewer restrictions on use as the company embraced the “freemium” strategy to achieve increased iOS market share.

The company also last week said that 1 billion people use Office, and its Office for iPad product had…

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Originally posted on Code Red 10:

Hey all. I was looking through my registry yesterday when I stumbled upon how to find Visual Studio product keys using the Windows Registry. This should work for any Visual Studio edition (2008, 2010 etc), so here is the registry key you need.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Microsoft -> VisualStudio -> 10.0 -> Registration -> 2000.0×0000 -> PIDKEY

The above path will take you to the Visual Studio 2010 Product key. For Visual Studio 2008, simply change 10.0 to 9.0 and then you’re done. In the 2000×0000 key, click on the string “PIDKEY” and there is your product key for Visual Studio.

For Visual Studio 2008

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Microsoft -> VisualStudio -> 9.0 -> Registration -> 2000.0×0000 -> PIDKEY

For Visual Studio 2005

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Microsoft -> VisualStudio -> 8.0 -> Registration -> 2000.0×0000 -> PIDKEY

For Visual Studio.NET


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Google’s Nexus 6 & Nexus 9 with Android 5.0 aka “Lollipop”

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Google has done what many predicted it would, and ventured into phablet territory with the Nexus 6, its latest Android reference smartphone. The Motorola-made gadget has a 5.9-inch display, and 1440×2560 resolution, resulting in what should be an eye-popping 496 ppi pixel density. As Darrell has previously said, that seems like it could make the gadget fairly unwieldy, but Google apparently thinks it has seen the future, and the future is huge.

The Nexus 6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor running at 2.7Ghz to help it show off Android L (or, as it’s now known, Android “Lollipop”), the next generation of Google’s OS which makes its debut here.

A 13-megapixel camera on the back should help improve picture quality, which has never been amazing on Nexus mobile phones. The look overall is very much reminiscent of Motorola’s new Moto X, and the larger phone has buttons repositioned to…

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


Finally Microsoft get it right in Windows 10…

Originally posted on TechCrunch:


This morning at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10.

The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. I am among them.

Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch a Windows Insider Program that will give users who are comfortable with running very early beta software access to Windows 10. This first preview will be available for laptops and desktops. A build for servers will follow later. Microsoft says it is opening up this beta process to get more feedback from more users early on, but also noted that this will be a learning experience for the company and that some experiments users will get in new builds may not make…

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