Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Free Microsoft eBooks largest collection, lots of new books added now

Microsoft has been providing Free e-books from time to time on wide range of topics. It includes books for developers, IT Pros or consumers.  These books have been blogged about at their respective subject blogs or on Microsoft Press blog which also informs about the new books whether free or otherwise.

If you didn’t knew, Eric Ligman, Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager has been compiling links to Free Microsoft e-books since few years. And he updates them regularly. In these years he had posted about nearly 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks. In his latest post he now compiles and shared a post with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc. And in this new post he also includes links to the free eBooks he had shared in the past. This makes it one of the largest collection of Free e-books from Microsoft.

He has put them all neatly categorized as Windows, Office, Dynamics, Power Shell, System Center, Lync, Azure, Others…


Many Books on programming, Windows 7 etc… from the past year



Here’s the link to the Free Microsoft e-books treasure: Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8….

If you don’t want to miss any of the Free resources Eric posts, then one can get this Windows Phone app Apart from books this also includes lots of other Microsoft resource feeds. Or one can scan this to get the app Scanapp

Hope you’ll find your book of your interest, so just start downloading them , many of the books are provided in multiple formats, so get the format you want them in. Thanks Eric for this nice compilation!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

OneDrive app for Windows Phone 8.1 updated

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) app for Windows Phone 8.1 just got updated to version . No new features added but bug fixes and performance improvements.

New in version 4.1.2:
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Works with:
Windows Phone 8.1
Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 7.5



Update your app from Windows Phone Store or check more details here.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

1 TB for OneDrive for Business users

We had seen earlier about increase of SharePoint OneDrive for Business quota. More details about the exciting announcement for OneDrive for Business users :

  • OneDrive for Business storage increased from 25GB to 1TB per user.
  • All Office 365 ProPlus customers will get 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of their Office 365 ProPlus subscription.
  • Microsoft will help organizations migrate data from their existing solutions to OneDrive for Business


OneDrive for Business is now available also as a standalone service . If you don’t currently subscribe to OneDrive for Business or have it as part of your Office 365 subscription you can take advantage of attractive promotional pricing to get started, at a fraction of the cost of alternatives.

For more information visit OneDrive for Business.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Now up to 1TB of storage on OneDrive for Business

Good news for SharePoint users : You can now increase your SharePoint OneDrive for Business quota to 1TB from the default 25GB and previous limit of 100GB.


The way it works is you can specify which specific users you want to assign new upper quotas of 50GB, 100GB, 250GB, 500GB or 1TB quota. The catch to this is once you exceed the default quota of 25GB for a user you will be pulling storage out of your overall pooled tenant storage allocation (10GB + 500MB x total number of users) in your tenant.

The SharePoint site collection limit has also been upped from 100GB to 1TB max and the 25TB max SharePoint Online limit in a single tenant has been removed which means you can purchase as much pooled storage as needed in your tenant.

More on how to configure OneDrive for Business and site collection quotas here and here.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Remember your First Tweet? Find & Celebrate with Twitter’s 8th Birthday

Twitter had already provided option to its users to download their Twitter archive. As Twitter celebrates its 8th Birthday, tomorrow on 21st March its taking a look at some of the first Tweets.

Here’s a selection of some memorable first Tweets —

And not only this, you can celebrate your #FirstTweet, too.

“Using this Tweet tool, you can look back to find your very first Tweet — or for that matter, anyone else’s. Just type in your @username, or that of anyone — your best pal, favorite comedian, a star or a president.” And this can be tweeted too.

“Celebrate first Tweets together by using the hashtag #FirstTweet.”


So what are you waiting for, remember your first tweet & tweet it to celebrate Twitter’s Birthday.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Virtual Tech Community Conference 2014

Virtual Tech Community Conference (VTC) is an online event by Microsoft and will be held on 19th Mar 2014. Virtual Tech Community-Conference has interesting line-up of speakers and exciting topics. There will be 2 tracks conducted simultaneously- IT Pro Track and Developer Track. Each session will be of 60 min. If you haven’t yet registered for the sessions, do it now. Here are the various topics of the sessions. For timings and registrations, please check the link given below-

VTC 2014: ITProTrack

  • The Best Use of SharePoint 2013 Social Features on Enterprise Level
  • Windows 8 Productivity tools
  • Performing multi-machine virtual deployments using PowerShell
  • Demystifying SQL Server Backups
  • Performance tuning in SharePoint 2013
  • Exchange 2013: Transport and Mail Delivery
Click here for registration and other details of IT Pro track

VTC 2014: DevTrack

  • Introduction to Windows Azure Media Services
  • Async Programming using C# 5.0
  • Big Data Using Microsoft Azure
  • Building a Multi-lingual Windows Phone App
  • Building Apps for Windows & Windows Phone
  • App to App Communication in Windows Phone 8

Click here for registration and other details of IT Pro track.

If you are on social media, can also check #VTC #VTCC2014 #ComCamp2014 hashtags.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Outlook.com completes 1year! Thank you video from Engineering team!

Last week on Feb 18th, Outlook.com completed its 1 year coming out of preview and rolling out to all worldwide. I have been its users since Preview days or you can say since Hotmail days. Outlook.com is much improved with some of its great features like -

  • seamless integration with OneDrive, which makes it easy to access your music,photos and files right from your inbox.
  • Skype, Facebook and Google Chat right from your inbox.
  • Newsletters and social updates are automatically organized.
  • Powerful feature like Sweep.
  • Open and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files right from your inbox for free.
  • Apart from this, many cool tools for clutter-free inbox and many more other features.

And often the Outlook.com team asks for the users feedback and many features have been implemented on users requests.

To mark one-year anniversary the Engineering team posts a Thank-You video , thanking its customers!

Thank You Outlook.com !!

Celebrate on Twitter using the hashtag #OutlookTurnsOne