How to Access Office 365 Technical Blog

Office 365 technical blog section consists of a wide range of information provided by Office 365 engineering team. It’s a interesting place where we can get a lot of information relating to Office 365 which is the latest and greatest cloud service!

Who can Access it then??

Only the members registered to the Office 365 Community can access the Technical Blog section.

How to Access the Blog section??

If you are the registered members then Sign in with your Microsoft Online Services ID at this link

The Sign in Page looks like this: Here enter your service id and your password.

sign in

After successful sign in you will be taken to the the Home Page of Office 365. Now at the Right Corner of Your Home Page you can see the Link Check out our blog under Community section which looks like this.


Now after clicking the link Check out our blog you have to create your account and join the community which looks like this.


Now Click on Join Now so that you will be taken to the main Office 365 Technical Blog Page which is the ocean of Blogs from Office 365 engineering team blog which looks like this.


Now in this section you can access a lot of technical blogs and can post in the forums, blogs and wikis.


Moreover you can access Other Blogs too!

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Microsoft Online Services Team Blog

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Posted: 10-03-2011 7:18 AM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Encrypt USB Flash Drives with BitLocker To Go in Windows 7

Microsoft has extended Bitlocker functionality in Windows 7. BitLocker To Go extends BitLocker data protection to USB storage devices, enabling them to be restricted with a passphrase.

In addition to having control over passphrase length and complexity, IT administrators can set a policy that requires users to apply BitLocker protection to removable drives before being able to write to them. BitLocker To Go also allows users to more securely share data with users who have not yet deployed Windows 7.

To get started, first plugin your USB flash drive. Next, right click on the USB drive icon in the Computer folder and select Turn on Bitlocker.

Select how you want to protect it. Set a password or passphrase or use a smart card.


Click Next and backup your recovery key to a safe place. Now click Start Encrypting.


The USB flash drive will now be protected.

When you use it on another computer, you will have to give the password first.

View the Windows 7 BitLocker and BitLocker to Go Walkthrough at Microsoft.

Posted: 10-02-2011 5:44 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

The Timeline of the Blog

The concepts of Personal journals and professional logs were rooted in ancient times which are two types of precursors to the modern blog. Here the Timeline of the blog shows the development of the blog as we know it today, including the process of online interactivity, beginning with the lunch of the internet.


1967: The Internet is invented. Most people don't begin to take notice until 25 years later.julius caesar


Julius Caesar's Gallic War writings were a precursor to the modern military blog.

1979: The birth of USENET, a decentralized system of discussion boards, forming the basis of some of the Internet's oldest online communities.


Tim Berners-Lee, developer of the World Wide Web and the first Web site, which included a "What's New" page.

1983: Brian Redman creates mod.ber, a USENET discussion through which he and his friends post summaries of interesting things they find online and offline.

1984: The creation of Listserv, the first e-mail discussion group software.

1986: The launch of Cleveland Freenet, one of the first "community networks" through which residents could post community updates and discuss local issues.

1989: Tim Berners-Lee, a researcher at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Switzerland, proposes the development of the World Wide Web as a way to share information with colleagues.

1992: Tim Berners-Lee launches the first Web site. Among his publishing innovations that year is the "What's New" page informing readers about new information related to the Web site.

1994: Claudio Pinhanez of MIT publishes his "Open Diary," a Web page documenting goings-on in his life. At the same time, online diarist Justin Hall would gain notoriety for creating a "personal homepage" on the Web covering his day-to-day activities in very revealing — and occasionally embarrassing — detail.

1994: Brian Lucas launches, a collection of online travel journals submitted by the public to the USENET group.

1995: Vermeer Technologies releases FrontPage, one of the first Web publishing tools, allowing people without coding skills to publish Web sites.

1996: Thousands of people use the Internet to collect photographs of people whose lives were affected by the Internet as part of a project known as 24 Hours in Cyberspace, an early experiment in collaborative photo blogging.

December 1997: Jorn Barger starts a daily log of interesting Web links published in reverse chronological order, calling it Robot Wisdom WebLog. The term "Weblog" is soon generalized by other online publishers to include any page with frequent short posts in reverse chronological order.

1998: Open Diary becomes one of the first online tools to assist users in the publishing of online journals. It would later be followed by other journaling tools, including LiveJournal (1999), DiaryLand (1999), Pitas (1999), Blogger (1999), Xanga (2000), Movable Type (2001) and Wordpress (2003).

Spring 1999: Online journal author Peter Merholz takes Jorn Barger's word "weblog" and splits it into the phrase "We blog." Blog soon becomes shorthand for weblog.

1999: The development of RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. RSS makes it easier for people to subscribe to blog posts, as well as distribute them to other sites across the Internet, using tools such as the early news aggregator, Dave Winer's Radio UserLand.

2001: Big-name bloggers begin to emerge, including Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Reynolds, aka Instapundit.


In 2001, Andrew Sullivan was one of the first big-name bloggers to emerge.

2002: Bloggers focus their attention on comments made by Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) at a birthday party for Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) that appear to endorse segregation. After intense coverage in the blogosphere, the story spreads throughout the media, forcing Lott to resign his leadership position in the Senate.

2002: The launch of Technorati, one of the first blog search engines, making it possible for people to track blog conversations on a continuous basis.

2003: The creation of Audioblogger, which allowed users to record a voicemail over their phone and have it posted on their blog.

2003: Iranian Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi launches his own blog, well before many U.S. politicians catch on to the idea.

2003: Public radio host Christopher Lydon publishes mp3 audio files on a Web site, using an RSS feed developed by Dave Winer so people could subscribe to them.

2004: Ben Hammersley, in an article for the UK Guardian newspaper, describes the technique used by Lydon, Winer and others as "podcasting."

2004: Videographer Steve Garfield launches his video blog and declares 2004 "The Year of the Video Blog," more than a year before the birth of YouTube.

February 2004: The launch of Flickr, a photo-sharing community that helps popularize photo blogging.


The Flickr photo-sharing community, launched in 2004, helps popularize photo blogging.

2004: Bloggers play a major role in covering the presidential campaign and promoting presidential candidates, particularly Democratic candidate Howard Dean. A number of them are credentialed to participate in the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Dan Rather resigns following pressure from conservative bloggers who documented inconsistencies in a CBS story about President George W. Bush's military service record.


Credentialed bloggers work at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

2005: Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman of Harvard's Berkman Center launch Global Voices, an international network of bloggers aggregating local and regional news stories around the world that aren't being covered by mainstream media.

March 2005: Garrett M. Graff becomes the first blogger to receive credentials for the daily White House briefing.

2006: The launch of Twitter, one of the first "micro-blogging" communities that allows user to publish and receive short posts via the Web, text messaging and instant messaging.


2006: Research report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project estimates that 12 million U.S. adults publish their own blogs.

2007: Technorati reports it is tracking more than 112 million blogs worldwide.

Posted: 10-02-2011 4:19 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

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Instant Messaging with Lync 2010

Microsoft Lync 2010 is an application you install on your desktop to communicate with others via instant messaging (chat), audio calls, and video calls.

Download and run Lync 2010
  1. In the header, click Home.

  2. On the Home page, under the heading Lync, click Install Lync 2010.

  3. Follow the installation instructions.

  4. After the installation has finished, you can run Lync 2010 from theStart menu.

For more information on using Microsoft Lync Online, see the support page.

Send an instant message
  1. Start Lync 2010.

  2. In the white box at the top of the Lync 2010 window, type the name of someone in your contacts or the email address of a colleague.

  3. The name or email address appears directly under the white box.

    Office 365 Lync IM Window

  4. Right-click the name or email address.

    A shortcut menu appears listing all the available commands.

  5. Click Send an Instant Message.

Posted: 10-01-2011 10:21 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Set Up Exchange ActiveSync E-Mail on Windows Phone

You can set up e-mail on a Windows Phone mobile phone. If you have a different phone, see Mobile Phone Features.

How do I set up Exchange ActiveSync on Windows Phone?
  1. If this is the first e-mail account you've set up on the phone, tap the E-mail tile on the phone's home screen and skip to step 4. If this is not the first e-mail account you've set up on the phone, swipe left from the home screen.
  2. Tap Settings and then tap E-mail and Accounts.
  3. Tap Add an Account and select Outlook.
  4. Enter your e-mail address and password and tap Sign In. Windows Phone will try to configure your e-mail account automatically. If configuration completes successfully, skip to step 7.
  5. If your e-mail account can't be configured automatically, tap Advanced Setup. You'll need to enter the following information:
    1. E-mail address This is your full e-mail access, for example
    2. Password This is the password for your e-mail account.
    3. User name This is your full e-mail address, for example
    4. Domain This is the part of your e-mail address after the @ sign, for example
    5. Server For instructions for finding your server name, see the Finding the Server Name section below.
    6. Select the Server requires encrypted (SSL) connection box.
  6. Tap Sign In.
  7. Press OK when Exchange ActiveSync asks you if you want to enforce policies on your phone. Policies let you set a password on your mobile phone and use a remote device wipe to clear all data from your mobile phone in case the phone is lost or stolen.
Finding the Server Name

To determine your server name, use the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your account using Outlook Web App.
  2. After you sign in, click Options > See All Options > Account > My Account > Settings for POP, IMAP, and SMTP access.
  3. Find the server name listed under External setting or Internal setting. If your server name is in the format, then your Exchange ActiveSync server name is If your server name includes your organization’s name, for example,, then your server name is the same as your Outlook Web App server name, without the /owa. For example, if the address you use to access Outlook Web App is, your Exchange ActiveSync server name is

What else do I need to know?

If your e-mail account is the type that requires registration, you must register it the first time you sign in to Outlook Web App. Connecting to your e-mail account through a mobile device will fail if you haven't registered your account through Outlook Web App. After you sign in to your account, sign out. Then try to connect using your mobile phone. For more information about how to sign in to your account using Outlook Web App, see How to Sign In to Your E-Mail Using a Web Browser. If you have trouble signing in, see FAQs: Sign-in and Password Issues or contact the person who manages your e-mail account.

Posted: 10-01-2011 10:12 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Configuring Outlook Desktop App for Office 365 email Account

You can read email in either the Outlook desktop app or in Outlook Web App. You can switch seamlessly between the desktop app and the web app. For example, some people use the desktop app at work and the web app at home and on the road.

If you downloaded and installed Microsoft Office 2010, start Microsoft Outlook 2010 to access your Office 365 email account. Outlook will walk you through the initial steps needed to configure your settings.

If you have a previous version of Office Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 already installed on your computer and you want to access your Office 365 email account, you must first create a new profile to access your Office 365 email account. A profile consists of accounts, data files, and settings that specify where your email messages are saved.

Create a Profile for office 365:

    1. If Outlook is running, exit Outlook.

    2. Click the Windows Start menu and then click Control Panel.start

    3. In the Control Panel Search box, search for Mail.

    4. In the Control Panel, click Mail.mail

    5. In the Mail Setup dialog box, click Show Profiles.

    6. Click Add to create a new profile.profile

    7. Type a name for the profile, and then click OK. Any Profile Name e.g.: Deepakprofile name

    8. In the Add New Email Account dialog box, type your Office 365 email

    9. Click Next, and then follow the remaining steps in the wizard.

    10. When you return to the Mail dialog box, you see your new profile listed.

    11. Click Prompt for a profile to be used and then click OK.done

Going forward, each time you open Outlook, you will be prompted to choose a profile. To switch between profiles, exit Outlook and restart it.


Now click OK and you are ready to access your Office 356 email Account.

Posted: 10-01-2011 10:08 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

In WLW write a post today and publish tomorrow

WLW refers to Windows Live Writer. Windows Live Writer developed by Microsoft, is a desktop blog-publishing application that is part of the Windows Live range of products. It features WYSIWYG authoring, photo-publishing and map-publishing functionality.


To write a post today and publish it tomorrow you have to click in the upper right corner of the Windows Live Writer on “Set post date”.

post date

After clicking in the “Set post date” you will see the calendar where you can edit or set your preferred date and also you can switch between the months and years.

  calender   month   year

After setting the preferred date it then shows you the date and time you selected. If you want to change only the time, click on the time and change it.


Click now on „publish“ in the upper left corner, your blog post will be online by the time you set.


Posted: 10-01-2011 8:49 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Animated Windows Live Writer icon for RocketDock


RocketDock is an application launcher developed by PolyVector and Skunkie of Punk Labs, working with artist Zachary Denton, for Windows that provides a dock similar to that of the Mac OS X Aqua GUI. It is freely available under a Creative Commons license and is distributed by Punk Labs (previously called Punk Software).

RocketDock is able to show live updates of minimized windows as in Mac OS X, and in Windows Vista and Windows 7 it can show live thumbnail updates on the taskbar.

You can download RocketDock from this link. Click here…

After the download of the installation file of RocketDock install the software. It shows the following interface after running RocketDock.

rocketdock desktop

animate windows live writer icon…

To insert and animate window live writer follow the instruction below:

  1. Download the zip file which is the add-on for WLW animate. Click Download File!
  2. Put folder "Animated Shortcut" at:
    C: \ Program Files \ RocketDock \ Docklets

  3. then copy and paste the folder "Animated Icon" at:
    C: \ Program Files \ RocketDock \ Icons

  4. copy and paste "An animated icon" icon to the folder "Animated Icon"

  5. right click the dock and add Animated Shortcut

  6. right click the new empty space on the dock / configure shortcut

  7. set the image (navigate to "The name of the icon" in the Animated Icon folder)

  8. set the path

  9. set the title

  10. set the time to 100-150 [ms] (How you like)

For Vista/Win 7:

It is better if you put your RocketDock not in Program Files (C:\Program Files\RocketDock)but rather direct in C:\ (C:\RocketDock) because if you have it in the Program file after a new start you must configure your dock-lets new direct in C:\ you haven't got this problem!
There are the animated dock-lets are steady...

After completing all the above procedure your Live Writer looks like this…


Its really amazing to see the animated Live Writer and its easy to lunch too….

Posted: 10-01-2011 8:04 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Windows 8: Through the Eyes of Consumers

Microsoft recently held their Build Windows conference in Anaheim, CA from September 13th to 16th.  Here they gave an in-depth look at their much anticipated new operating system, Windows 8.


Windows-8-tileSocial media firm Mashwork created an infographic based on what people were saying about Windows 8 after it was revealed earlier this year. Half of all tweets favored Windows 8′s Metro style design compared to Apple’s iOS software and Google’s Android operating system. MashWork collated 65,968 messages shared on Twitter between June 15 and September 22. Around 42% of the messages were collected during Microsoft’s BUILD developers conference. MashWork analyzed all the tweets and figured out that Xbox LIVE integration on Windows 8, a Windows App Store and fast boot times in Windows 8 were amongst the most talked about features.

The following infographic summarizes Maskwork findings:


Source: Maskwork

Posted: 09-29-2011 6:52 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with 1 comment(s)

INFOGRAPHIC: Guide to Microsoft Office 365

Still confused about Microsoft’s Office 365. Here is a step by step guide to Microsoft Office 365 from the team over at Cloud Hypermarket.


Microsoft’s Office 365, released earlier this week, provides Office 2010, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync all Online in a cloud-based service. The service is a full browser-based solution that incorporates webmail, collaboration and document management. Microsoft’s Office 365 is a strong and competitive answer to Google Apps.

Microsoft have announced the Launch of their replacement for BPOS. It is definitely an upgrade. Microsoft Office 365 looks to be the platform on which Microsoft Online Services are going to be built upon and the moment we’ve been waiting for ever since Steve Balmer announced ‘We’re All In’, which has since become a Microsoft 132slogan.

Microsoft office 365: The Power to Think Big and Be Small, to Be Big and Act Fast’ is the title of Microsoft’s announcement of Office 365.  Office 365 as ‘a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.’ The essential change to the BPOS package is the inclusion of Microsoft’s new communication package. The Lync offering replaces Office Communications Online and Live Meeting in a new combined communication package.

Just copy and paste the following code to embed the following Microsoft Office 365  infographic on your website/blog.

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Check-out the infographic below for more information on pricing and features all in one handy graphic.

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Source: Cloud Hypermarket

Posted: 09-29-2011 5:37 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

How to join Microsoft Student Partners Network on Facebook

In addition to Facebook groups and pages, there's something called a Network which is usually, big and prestigious organizations/schools on Facebook. So, we all want to join our related Network and as we are MSPs we obviously want to join Microsoft Student Partners Network.

Image of Facebook Timeline Developer Preview:

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As I think all the MSPs 2012 are eagerly waiting to join Microsoft Student Partners Network on Facebook. Here are the simple steps to join MSP Network.

Steps To Join MSP Network:

  • On the top right corner of your Facebook home page or profile page or any page is a button Account. When you click it you will see a drop-down list.  Capture 2
  • From the list, select Account settings.
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  • On the screen that follows now, click the Networks tab.             Capture 4
  • To join the MSP network, type Microsoft Student Partners.
  • You will see a prompt that asks for your e-mail ID. Provide your or the new e-mail ID.Capture 5
  • Go to your official MSP mail id and click the confirmation link. You might have to disable your pop-up blocker or hold down the Ctrl key while clicking the confirmation link. The Microsoft Student Partners network will now show up in your employers list (Profile>Info tab>Work and Education Information). Add the duration for which you have been an MSP.Capture 6
  • The image below shows the pending of confirmation which can be resolved by clicking the confirmation link send to our MSP mail id.Capture 7

Posted: 09-28-2011 5:52 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with 4 comment(s)

8 Steps To Make Windows 8 USB Device or DVD Bootable

ARM Processor

Be what’s next, Windows 8 is the codename of the next version of Microsoft Windows. It adds support for ARM microprocessors in addition to the traditional x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD. Its user interface has been changed to make it better suited for touchscreen input in addition to the traditional mouse and keyboard input.


Screenshot of the Windows 8 Start screen, as shown at the Build Windows event in 2011, making use of Microsoft's Metro design language.


8 Steps To Make Windows 8 USB Device or DVD Bootable:

Step 1:

Download Windows Developer Preview from this link. DOWNLOAD

Step 2:

Download Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool from Microsoft Store. DOWNLOAD

Step 3:

Install Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and run the software. It shows the following screenshot.

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Step 4:

Browse to the location of downloaded .iso file and click the file and click open button.

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It displays the Source file location and then click Next.

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Step 5:

Select the media type USB Device or DVD to make Windows 8 Bootable media.

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Step 6:

If USB Device is selected then it displays the inserted USB Device and you can click refresh if your device is not displayed. If DVD is selected then it displays the the inserted DVD Disk.

Now Click Begin copying……………..

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Step 7:

In this step the selected USB Device is formatted and then copying of files starts and goes up to 100% and  the desired Device is made Bootable.

After this the program can be closed or can again Start Over for same new task….

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Formatting the selected device.

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Copying files…

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Backup Completed.

Step 8:

The Bootable USB Device can be viewed from Computer as K: Drive and Bootable Disk as H: Drive.

Now it can be used to Boot the computer to install Windows Developer Preview.

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These are all the 8 steps of making Bootable Windows 8 to USB Device or DVD.

Posted: 09-20-2011 8:07 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Imagine Cup - Learn New Skills. Make New Friends. Change The World.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition. It provides an opportunity for students to use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to help solve global challenges and make a difference in the world. While competing for cash and prizes, students gain real-life experiences, make new friends, and change the world.


"I wish there had been an Imagine Cup when I was growing up. It gets people involved in seeing that software is changing the world."

- Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft

Now in its tenth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real-world problems. 358,000 students representing 183 countries and regions registered for the Imagine Cup 2011 Competition. The Imagine Cup is one way Microsoft encourages the brightest young minds to join together and use technology to take on the toughest problems facing our world today.


“Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems.”
 Ending hunger and poverty  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

                                              United Nations Millennium Development Goals

This is the Imagine Cup 2012 Theme and students are tasked to apply their imagination and passion to create technology solutions aligned to this Theme and solve the problems shown in the pictures[1-8] and become part of the solution.

    everest-stream-big        national_flag_of_nepal      nepal

“So Innovators from NEPAL get ready for the Imagine Cup 2012 to give The Best of The Best with the greatest ideas to solve the world’s toughest problems”


The "Cup" Around The World!

The Imagine Cup was founded in 2003 and has traveled the world westward from Barcelona, Spain to Sao Paolo, Brazil to Yokohama, Japan to New Delhi, India to Seoul, South Korea to Paris, France and down to Cairo, Egypt, up to Warsaw, Poland and in 2011, west to New York City, USA and 2012 its Australia.



Student teams from around the world competed in nine categories and Team Hermes from Sligo Institute of Technology in Ireland took top honors in the Software Design category. Over 350,000 students globally took part in the competition over the past months, leading to the Worldwide Finals in New York City July 8-13.

Imagine Cup 2011 - New York, United States

· 350,000 registered from 183 countries and regions

· 128 finalist teams:

Competition Categories

Teams Members

Software Design 67
Embedded Development 20
Game Design (Windows/ Xbox) 5
Game Design (Mobile) 5
Game Design (Web) 5
Digital Media 6
Windows Phone 7 5
IT Challenge 6
Inter-operability Challenge 3
Orchard Challenge 3
Windows 7 Touch Challenge 3

The Imagine Cup 2011 Winners:

Software Design Winning Teams:

software design

Software Design First Place Winners: Team Hermes from Ireland

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[PHOTO: Team Hermes from Ireland wins the software design competition in this years' Imagine Cup worldwide finals. Credit: Microsoft ]

Embedded Development Winning Teams:

embeded technology


Taiwan’s Team NTHUCS sets up their display booth at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals. The team won the Embedded Development contest with project RIGHT!! This Way, which computes the safest fire escape routes in real time as detected by a wireless sensor network.

[PHOTO: Team NTHUCS wins the embedded development competition]

Game Design
Game Design - Windows/Xbox Winning Teams:



Signum Games
Brazil’s Team Signum Games demos their winning Game Design – Windows/Xbox entry "UCan," a strategy game that invites players to solve urban problems involving health, education and the environment.

[PHOTO: Team Signum wins the Game Design – Windows/Xbox competition]

Game Design - Web Winning Teams:



Members of Poland’s Team Cellardoor demo "The Book of Elm" for the judges. The game, which won the Game Design – Web category, illustrates the importance of taking care of the environment in everyday life through the interactive story of Elm, a creature on a quest to fix the mistakes done by people around the world.

[PHOTO: Team Cellardoor wins the Game Design – Web competition]

Game Design - Mobile Winning Teams:



Team Geeklogic from France won the Game Design – Mobile contest with "Brainergy," a Windows Phone 7 puzzle game in which the player has to solve different challenges based on renewable energy.

[PHOTO: Team Geeklogic wins the Game Design – Mobile competition]

Digital Media Winning Teams:

digital media

Windows Phone 7 Winning Teams:

windows phone 7


In the Windows Phone 7 category, Korea’s Team HOMERUN took first place with Peekaboo, an application designed to help family members communicate with each other through a treasure-hunt game.

[PHOTO: Team HOMERUN wins the Windows Phone 7 Competition]

IT Challenge Winning Individuals:

it challenge

Interoperability Challenge Winning Teams:


Orchard Challenge Winning Teams:


Windows 7 Touch Challenge Winning Teams:


2011 People's Choice Award Winning Team:

people choice

Register today for Imagine Cup 2012!

Source:    and

Posted: 08-21-2011 12:15 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Why Get Microsoft Certified?

Choosing a certification path or your career path is all about your journey: where you are today and where you want to be tomorrow and Microsoft Certification provides you the path for your journey. Earning a Microsoft Certification validates your experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions. Microsoft certifications help you to differentiate yourself from other people. It polishes your CV and makes it more valuable and standard.

it pro  Microsoft certified pro    system engineer  mcts

Whoever you are either Students or Non-Certified Professionals or Microsoft Certified Professionals Microsoft Certification can help you get a head-start on your IT career.


Student talk about Microsoft Certification


                 Students: Steve Markovitch, Genevieve L’Esperance and Amaanullah Parker


First Step you should keep in Mind before heading towards Certification:

Who you are??? Are you a student? New to certification? Already certified? Are you interested in developing software, deploying it, or using desktop applications and services? Microsoft Certifications are available for most Microsoft technologies and skill levels, from students to business workers to IT professionals, developers, technology trainers, and system architects.

Second Step:

Microsoft Certifications are available for most Microsoft technologies and all skill levels. So, you decide How you want to start your journey???


The various Microsoft Certification tracks:

1 architest

Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
The Microsoft Certified Architect program recognizes and provides advanced certification to practicing architects in an enterprise setting.



2 master

Microsoft Certified Master (MCM)
The MCM program helps experienced IT professionals demonstrate and validate their ability to successfully design and implement solutions that meet the most complex business requirements.


3 it pro

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
An MCITP certification demonstrates comprehensive skills in deploying, supporting, and optimizing IT infrastructures.


4 professional developer

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
An MCPD certification demonstrates comprehensive skills in designing, developing, and deploying applications for a particular job role.


5 tech specialist

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
The MCTS certification helps enable IT professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise.


6 associate

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
An MTA certification helps students explore career options in technology, prepare for advanced studies and MCTS exams, and demonstrate fundamental knowledge of hardware or IT infrastructure or software technology.


If you are STUDENT then???

If you are a student interested in IT careers, get a head start by earning a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification in Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio, or Microsoft SQL Server. Becoming an MTA can help you explore your potential for a career in technology.

If you are confident in your IT knowledge, you can begin by earning the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification.

If you are interested in a business career, start with a core Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Office Word, Office Excel, or Office PowerPoint.


Microsoft Technology Associate Certification Paths


So Guys Get Microsoft Certified. Your IT career begins here and now.

It’s your time to shine…


Visit Microsoft Student Career Portal for more info about Microsoft Certification > Microsoft Learning > Certification > Microsoft Certification Overview

Posted: 08-19-2011 2:02 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Change Album Art in Windows 7


An Album Cover Art is is the front of the packaging of a commercially-released audio recording product, or album. Typically the album cover is approximately 4.75 inches square.

Album Art and Windows 7

All of us like to listen songs. We have got a lot of song albums stored in our hard drive. But theirs album art might be missing. Now its not the problem. We can put the album art on any songs we like and Windows 7 has got a best GUI to display the album art.

Here’s a great little tool that can download album art from 20+ different sources. Its Album Art Downloader

Album art downloader 1

Album art downloader is simply a great software where you have to enter the name of the artists and the album name and then hit Search. The download tool will search over 20 different sources like AllCDCover, Archambault, ArkivMusik,, CD Baby, CD Universe, Cover-Paradies, Coveralia, CoverIsland, Darktown, Discogs, Freecovers API, GoogleImage,, HMV Canada, Juno Records, Kalahari, LastFM Artist, LastFM Cover, maniadb, Encyclopaedia Metallum, Metal LIbrary, Psyshop, RevHQ, Take2, VGMdb, Yes24, YesAsia and Local Files.

After searching you can save the art in desired location or by default it is downloaded in C:\Users\[yourusername]\Pictures\Album Art

Now you can get all the desired album art and its time to combine song and art. Here's a simple steps to combine:

Album Art in Windows Media Player

Open windows media player from taskbar or from any other location.

media player taskbar

Click the media player icon and it will open the media player windows.

Now, when you unclasped Music and click on Album you will get a list of your current albums.

windows media player

Now if you want to change the Album Art e.g. “Bhool Bhulaiya” and replace it with some other album art, follow the steps below.

1. Save the album art downloaded from the above software or choose any picture of your desire.

bhool bhulaiya

2. Go to the location where the file is saved and copy the file with key “Ctrl+c” or copy by the help of right click. And you may even copy its directly from the software by right clicking on the album art.

bhool bhulayia copy

3. After copy of the album art, now open windows media player and right click on the album “Bhool Bhulaiya” and click “Paste album art” which will paste the album art to the album.

bhool bhulayia paste

Now you are able to get and change the album art of your desired songs albums.

Download link

You can download the software Album Art Downloader by clicking download…

It is the online site where you can search your desired album art by simply searching on from this site. Click albumart to go to the site.

Posted: 04-14-2011 10:10 AM by Deepak Bhattarai with 1 comment(s)

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