Microsoft Media Platform – Player Framework for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 updated to version 1.1

March 5, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, Codeplex, Community, IIS Smooth Streaming, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, OpenSource, Streaming Media, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows SDK, Windows Store No comments

Microsoft Media platform team has recently updated the “Media Player Framework” for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to version 1.1, which includes few enhancements and fixes.

“Media Player Framework” helps you in building media applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  The player framework contains an open source framework available for Silverlight, HTML5 and XBox media applications, Windows Phone and Windows applications.  It allows application developers to progressively download and play normal media contents from different download sources and other smooth streaming sources.

Download the latest framework from

Note: This framework is not for Windows Phone 7.x version applications, as it is based on Windows 8 application API’s – which are common for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 versions.

Classic Shell – the Free Start Menu alternative for your Windows 8/7

January 10, 2013 All, Community, Microsoft, MSDN, OpenSource, Softwarez, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 2 comments

Being a Windows 8 user you always dreamed of having Start menu back, unfortunately there is no straight work around for having our old Windows 7 kind of start menu back. We have to rely on third part alternative software’s, which provides us the old start menu kind of menu function back to Windows 8. One such best alternative is ‘Classic Shell’.


Classic Shell is a free Start Menu alternative for Windows 8/7.

It gives you:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8

Additionally it helps us to bring back the Toolbar, File Copy and status bar styles as well(if you are not happy with Windows 8 style)

  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
  • Classic copy UI
  • Show file size in Explorer status bar

Here are some sample screen shots from my PC:




It is FREE!!! and Open Source.

You can download it from main website or from source forge

Fun with Ubuntu Linux

September 2, 2012 All, Linux.World, Open.Source, OpenSource No comments

I was trying new build of Ubuntu Linux (in one of the virtual machine. I am impressed with the perfection and simplicity the OS offers.  I love it and Kudos to Ubuntu team. If you are looking for a free open source OS for your desktop or laptop, Ubuntu Linux is the best choice.

Here is some of the screen shots of Ubuntu I have taken.



If you want to download Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 LTS

Introducing Monocross – A cross-platform MVC pattern for mobile development in .NET/C# and Mono

April 9, 2012 .NET, All, ANDROID, Frameworks, iOS, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile Frameworks, Mobile SDK, Mobile-Development, Mono, OpenSource, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7 2 comments , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I am evaluating different cross platform mobile development solutions. This is just a quick introduction to a framework I came across.

What is cross platform mobile applications?

A mobile application developed in such a way that it will work or run on most of the mobile platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry etc.

What is Monocross?

MonoCross is a refinement of the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern for mobile development using .NET, C# and the Mono Framework.

The pattern enables cross-platform portability of business logic and data access code, (Model + Controller), while supporting full, native and/or platform-specific presentation (Views).

Read the MonoCross Roadmap for Platform support.

For more information on using the pattern, see: UsingMonoCross


Source: MonoCross project home

Introducing Mono for ANDROID(.NET Application Development for ANDROID?)

January 7, 2011 .NET, All, ANDROID, General, Microsoft, Mobile-Development, Mono No comments

Today I was just in a hurry to just go through what’s interesting out there in Technological world. I came across MonoDROID, from Mono&Novell.

MonoDroid is a development stack for using C# and core .NET APIs to develop Android-based applications using .NET.

dotNET on ANDROID cool right?.

There is also MonoTouch which a C# & .NET Api for developing iPhone applications.  This was revolutionary. But it’s commercial product. Similar way MonoDROID also going to be commercial product in future. But as far I concern about comparing to feature it provides, price doesn’t matter. They spend lots of money on R & D, Innovation etc. So this is just a nominal fee to recover the cost of development and it makes sense.

We can familiarize yourself with the API, the API Design, MonoDroid’s architecture, the list of class libraries that are part of MonoDroid, MonoDroid’s Limitations.

These additions to Mono in increasing the wide application development base using .NET and I am glad such things should happen. .NET is an interesting platform to work with and every one who understand .NET will start loving it, because of it’s Core features.

You can participate in the preview program today by signing up for the MonoDroid mailing list @ .


Mono 2.8 released with full support for C# 4.0

October 9, 2010 .NET, All, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, C#.NET, General, Mono, OpenSource No comments

The Mono project, which produces an open source implementation of the .NET runtime, has released version 2.8. The update brings full support for version 4.0 of the C# programming language, substantial improvements to the optional LLVM-based Mono backend, and a new garbage collection implementation that is more efficient.

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