Thursday, July 24, 2014

[FIX] OneDrive is starting up… OneDrive systray icon’s wrong status in Windows 8.1

In June one of the Windows optional update ‘Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2962409)’ contained long list of fixes as seen in its details. And among the list was KB2965174 titled “OneDrive improvement update for Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1: June 2014” .


This update just mentions that it includes improvements for Microsoft OneDrive in Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 without elaborating what the improvements are. When you install it, adds various OneDive options as we can see in the OneDrive icon in the Systray – providing option to Pause Sync, troubleshooting, settings and other options.


But this update had an issue of showing the systray blue Sync icon which continues to say ‘OneDrive is starting up…’, even though OneDrive status is Up to date as can be seen here. There was no issue in actual syncing but the icon and status shown were wrong.


Lots of OneDrive users had posted about it and Microsoft too was aware of it and was working on it and had mentioned that “Microsoft is aware of this issue and our product group is working on it. As soon as we have a fix, it will be rolled through Windows Updates….”

And with latest Windows Update released on 22nd seems to correct this issue. The update is "Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2980654) " received via Windows Update.

When you check for details about the update, its and it says "OneDrive reliability update for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1" . So check for this reliability update and see if its already installed or can check it from the link given above. While the update for Windows RT 8.1 can be obtained only via Windows Update.

So installing this update corrects the wrong status icon shown in systray. Please note that this update corrects only this icon issue, if you are having actual syncing issue,this update may not resolve and you might have to try the troubleshooting or some other option.

After installing this update users have reported that it has solved their Wrong status icon issue. For me too it has resolved the issue. This is the version after installing the update.


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.