Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Microsoft Universal Mobile keyboard- switch between iPad, Android and Windows devices

Microsoft has introduced Universal Mobile keyboard for your tablets and Smartphones. And you can be on any OS, be it your iPad, iPhone, Android device or your Windows tablet, you can easily switch between them with a flick of a switch! Pair with up to 3 devices with different operating systems and easily switch between them.

“The compact and light weight design of the Universal Mobile Keyboard was built with portability in mind with its protective cover and built-in stand that holds your tablet or smartphone. Just flip the cover open to power-up and make a Bluetooth connection, then set your device into the integrated stand—you'll be typing in seconds. Shutting down is just as fast. Simply close the cover to turn off the keyboard—it's that easy. The rechargeable battery provides up to 6 months of usage on a single charge. But if you're ever low on power when you're heading out, don't worry—just do a 10 minute quick charge and you'll have plenty of power for a full day's work. “

There is no dedicated Windows specific key but dedicated keys for Android and a CMD for Apple users. So people can use shortcuts found in respective OS. umk4



Check the demo video:

Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard
For more details please check here.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Akamai DM or Microsoft FTM fails to initiate in IE11 for MSDN, TechNet downloads

Earlier we had seen how to initiate the Akamai Download manager for MSDN, TechNet downloads in our earlier article : Akamai Download Manager fail to start in MSDN / TechNet downloads . Many of the readers were using the method mentioned there. But recently many users starting to find that the method was not working for them. They were using the latest version of Windows with Internet Explorer, that Windows 8.1 Update with IE11.0.11. And when they pressed the Download button of MSDN, TechNet subscriber downloads, nothing happens. So this workaround I have tried on this ver and it works for me! This method is same for using Akamai Download manager or the Microsoft File Transfer manager (FTM)

So here’s the workaround. Open your MSDN, TechNet page in IE11. Press F12 to open Developer tools. Or you can press Tools > F12 Developer Tools. Now from Emulation (Ctrl+8) , change Document Mode to 9 , User Agent String to Internet Explorer 9


Once you do this, your open page will reload. Minimize this Developer tool. Now again login to your required page of MSDN, TechNet download and now when you press ‘Download’ button of your required download from the site, you’ll get the pop up either to install the add-on or a Security pop up window to allow Microsoft FTM. So accordingly click ‘Install’ or press ‘Allow’ . Similar window pops-up for Microsoft FTM. Have noticed that if Akamai doesn’t gets initiated, Microsoft FTM add-on will be asked to install. So Install it and Allow it to open web content


Now it launches the download manager and you can start your download. Please note that if you want to resume the paused download, you’ll have to emulate again to Internet Explorer 9 as said earlier as we have not persisted with Emulation Settings.

Hope this helps.

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.