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Visual Studio 2015 RC–Download

April 30, 2015 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.6, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 5.0, ASP.NET AJAX, ASP.NET MVC, BCL(Base Class Library), Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, Portable Class Library, SignalR, Trial Downloads, Updates, Visual Studio 2015, VisualStudio, VS2015, Web API, Web API v2.0, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone SDK 2 comments

During #Build2015 event Microsoft has unveiled Visual Studio 2015 RC (Release Candidate) with lots of improvements and fixes to CTP version of Visual Studio. RC would be a near release quality and your see it is stable than ever.

Release Date: 29/APR/2015
Release Notes: View Release notes

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Visual Studio 2015–Editions

April 30, 2015 .NET, .NET Framework 4.6, ASP.NET 5.0, Community, Editions, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, MSDN, Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS2015, Web API, Web API v2.0, Windows 10, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone SDK No comments

With Visual Studio 2015 Microsoft has changed type of  editions available as part the Visual Studio product line up, also made some changes to MSDN Subscription levels.

Changes in Visual Studio Editions

No more Premium and Ultimate  edition of  Visual Studio. There will only be 3 editions available:

  1. Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition –  Free, full-featured and extensible tool for developers building non-enterprise applications
  2. Visual Studio 2015 Professional Edition – Professional developer tools and services for individual developers or small teams
  3. Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise Edition – Enterprise grade solution with advanced capabilities for teams working on projects of any size or complexity, including advanced testing and DevOps

Changes in MSDN Subscription Levels

MSDN Subscription Levels also has changed: there will be only two subscription levels MSDN PRO and MSDN Enterprise. If you have a valid MSDN Premium subscription, it will be automatically upgraded to MSDN Enterprise, which is fully loaded as previous MSDN Ultimate.

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Limited Period Upgrade Offer – 50% off on upgrade to Premium

Beginning May 2015 – Upgrade from : Visual Studio Professional with MSDN or Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN to Visual Studio Premium with MSDN for 50% off the regular list price and get a free upgrade to Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN automatically when Microsoft release Visual Studio 2015.

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For more information follow: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/vs-2015-product-editions.aspx

Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM are available for MSDN/TechNet subscribers

September 9, 2013 .NET, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, RTM, TechNet, Updates, Visual Studio 2013, VisualStudio, Windows, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone, Windows Server 2012 R2 No comments

Today, Microsoft has released the Windows 8 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits for MSDN/TechNet Subscribers. As rumoured earlier final build version is  6.3.9600.16384.

If you are an MSDN/TechNet Subscriber you can download the latest build from:

MSDN: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/subscriptions/securedownloads/hh442898 

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TechNet: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/hh442904.aspx

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Related blogs for reference:

Download Windows 8.1 RTM, Visual Studio 2013 RC and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Today by Steve “Guggs” Guggenheimer’s blog

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-reverses-course-releases-windows-8-1-rtm-to-developers-7000020402/

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/09/09/download-windows-8-1-rtm-visual-studio-2013-rc-and-windows-server-2012-r2-rtm-today.aspx

Windows 8 RTM available for download for MSDN & TechNet Subscribers

August 16, 2012 .NET, All, Featured, Licensing, Microsoft, MSDN, TechNet, Windows, Windows 8 No comments

Microsoft has released Windows 8 RTM for MSDN,TECHNET and volume subscribers on AUG 15 2012, as declared earlier on AUG 1st 2012 – RTM(Release to Manufacture) announcement.

Windows 8 RTM – Enterprise – x86 & x64

Windows 8 RTM – Professional (Retail and Volume)– x86 & x64

Windows 8 RTM – x86 & x64

 

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Screen shot from TECHNET

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These editions are available for

download for MSDN Subscribers

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download for TECHNET Subscribers

 

Note: Windows Server 8 is not yet been available for download for MSDN/TECHNET Subscribers. Soon it will be available.

Kinect for Windows–Development–Required Hardware’s

August 15, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Kinect SDK, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, XBOX No comments

Abstract: The purpose of this blog post is to provide some insight in to hardware’s and software’s required for kinect for windows development.

Introduction

Kinect for Windows PC is a special set of Kinect hardware released by Microsoft, that designed to use with Windows PC. You require this piece of hardware of production usage of applications developed with Kinect SDK for Windows.

Kinect for Windows hardware is tested, optimized, and designed to operate on computers running Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Embedded Standard 7, and Windows Embedded POSReady 7. It also provides a fully supported end-user experience.

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Kinect for windows developer kit is now available in INDIA for a price of 18-20k (price depends on listing at different online stores) or you can choose to buy from official Microsoft Resellers.

The Kinect for Windows sensor is easy to use. All you need is a sensor, PC, and Kinect for Windows application**.

To use a Kinect for Windows sensor you will need a PC with the following:
  • Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Embedded Standard 7, or Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) processor
  • Dual-core 2.66-GHz or faster processor
  • Dedicated USB 2.0 bus
  • 2 GB RAM

** To use Kinect for Windows with a Windows PC requires a software SDK to be installed on your target development/deployment system. Kinect SDK for Windows contains necessary drivers and API’s for communicating to Kinect Sensor from a supported Windows Operating system.

The Kinect for Windows SDK enables developers to use C++, C#, or Visual Basic to create applications that support gesture and voice recognition by using the Kinect for Windows sensor and a PC or embedded device.

I found some listings on EBAY.IN which will be useful if you are planning to develop Kinect based applications.

Kinect Wall Mount 

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Xbox-360-Kinect-Wall-Mount-IPI-/270921185908?pt=IN_Video_Game_Systems&hash=item3f14293a74#ht_3448wt_923

Kinect for Windows (Retail version for Indian Region – Box Packed)

http://www.ebay.in/itm/Microsoft-Kinect-Windows-PC-New-Box-Sealed-/130747227141?pt=IN_Video_Game_Systems&hash=item1e71245c05#ht_1994wt_1156

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Kinect USB – AC Adaptor (this adaptor is required to connect an Kinect for XBox 360 or Kinect for Windows hardware to Windows PC through USB interface ***)

http://www.ebay.in/itm/USB-220v-AC-Adapter-Power-Supply-Xbox-360-XBOX360-Kinect-Sensor-/251129028878?pt=IN_Video_Game_Systems&hash=item3a7874e10e#ht_3584wt_923

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*** If you have Kinect for Windows box bundle – you would not have to occupy this package separately as bundle includes Kinect for Windows sensor and necessary usb adaptor cable.

Can I use my Kinect for XBOX 360 for Kinect Development?

Kinect for XBOX 360 is the earlier version of Kinect specially released for XBOX 360 gaming consoles. Which provides more tight integration(developed specifically to utilize the capabilities of XBOX) with existing XBOX devices.

YES, as per Microsoft license agreement Kinect for XBOX 360 can be used for personal and non-commercial uses using Kinect for Windows SDK v1.0, but you will not be able to experience the certain features such a near mode**** on Kinect for XBOX 360. 

But for distribution or production deployment you will definitely needs to have commercial or retail version of Kinect for Windows.

For more detail FAQ visit here

**** Near mode is a feature available with Kinect for Windows alone, users who are seated or standing can be tracked within 40 cm (16 inches) of the sensor

The chart below shows the versions of the Kinect for Windows SDK and associated Kinect sensors and runtime.

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SDK beta 2 rights expire June 16, 2016

Latest version for Kinect SDK for Windows v1.5 includes the features such as Facial Recognition, more accurate Facial and Skeleton tracking etc. At the time of writing this blog post I haven’t evaluated whether Kinect for XBOX 360 works with v1.5 of the SDK. But assumes that you will be able to use it for personal and non commercial development purposes.

Remember if you want to deploy it for production usage, you would definitely need a Kinect for Windows hardware.

Hope this blog is helpful for you.

Image & Information Courtesy: Microsoft Kinect for Windows website

Additional Links:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/kinectforwindows

Kinect FAQ | Microsoft Kinect for Windows

Kinect for Windows Near Mode

Near Mode: What it is (and isn’t) – Kinect for Windows Blog – Site

Kinect for Windows 1.5 Released With Facial, Skeletal Tracking

Kinect for XBOX 360

Kinect for Windows(SKU: L6M-00015) – Official Reseller INDIA

Buy Kinect for Windows and other peripherals from Microsoft Store

New MSDN Download Center Makeover

June 14, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, All, General, Microsoft, MSDN No comments

Microsoft Download Center (MSDN Download Center) has come through a new makeover recently flaunting the look and feel similar to METRO UI from Windows Phone 7. Recently after the announcement of Windows 8, microsoft opened up the jar of Windows 8 magic’s people came to know that Windows 8 is going to have a METRO centric UI. Which is actually awesome for Touch enabled monitors and tablet devices.

Look at this new make over for Microsoft Download Center

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Visit Microsoft download Center 

My opinion is it is looking good. But not as friendly as old Microsoft Download Center. Smile