NOVEMBER 2011Marla BuzzWhat’s the Buzz this month?                              Welcome to MarlaBuzz!Catch up on our new p...
Big BuzzIn October we had the Reimagine              topics such as JavaScript Frameworksevent, organized by the Microsoft...
CSR BuzzPreeti Singhani ,participated in the half marathon race organizedby the Rock n Roll marathon series charities.Even...
Technology Buzz                                                     Windows 8 provides an immersive user experi-          ...
Here are a couple of interesting reads about          dows Live applications (Mail, Calendar Photos) are                  ...
KOOL CORNERQuestion to the previous release:             Participants with the rightMr Carter was born in the month of  . ...
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  1. 1. NOVEMBER 2011Marla BuzzWhat’s the Buzz this month? Welcome to MarlaBuzz!Catch up on our new people development initiatives in Big Buzz and TrainingBuzz. There’s more to life than work…read all about it in Events Buzz. And make sure to get the latest tech updates in Technology Buzz Do keep your suggestions and feedback coming … write to us at
  2. 2. Big BuzzIn October we had the Reimagine topics such as JavaScript Frameworksevent, organized by the Microsoft – Ext JS, DOJO, Prototype, jQuery,center of excellence and HR. It was Mootools, and HTML 5. Released at theinaugurated by Vijay Raj, T echnology event was the calendar for the nextEvangelist and Microsoft MVP who was , quarter’s training programs.also the keynote speaker Anil Raghavan, .Naveen Raj, and Aravind Sankaran wereon hand to kick it off. The event featuredan array of presentations and casestudies on emerging trends in theMicrosoft platform. Vijay Raj shared hisinsight on the Cloud Platform, MicrosoftAzure, and Windows 8 OS, amongothers.Team members from the Bangalore andMysore Business units presented onEvents BuzzThethe Bangalore and theMysore Business units hadteam members all speciallydressed up for theoccasion. Anil Raghavanprovided the latest organizationalupdates. Grabbing everyone’s attentionwas the game of housie. The Mysoreteam was an avid participant in the sandpainting competition, whileChannakeshava shared his perspectiveson the business front. Closing the daywas the awards distribution forexceptional performers and recognitionof long tenure employees.Way to go teams!
  3. 3. CSR BuzzPreeti Singhani ,participated in the half marathon race organizedby the Rock n Roll marathon series charities.Event proceeds went to support various charitableorganizations.Good show Preeti!Training Buzz1. A team building program was 3. It was all about SQL Server indexesconducted for the Smart Equip team at and performance tuning for folks atthe Bangalore business unit. Moderated the Bangalore business unit. T opicsby Naveen Raj and Sowmya Gowda covered included T able Organization,from HR, the session helped strengthen CI/B-Tree vs. Heap, Index, and Indexbonding between members. Structure. Conducted by Arjun Sivadasan, the training went a long2. Team members from Bangalore and way in helping participants writeMysore did a deep dive into mobile better queries and explore indexapplication testing during a training tuning.session facilitated by Harish Nagaraj.From fundamentals to more detailedpractices, the program traversed thisexciting area, end to end.
  4. 4. Technology Buzz Windows 8 provides an immersive user experi- ence. Clicking a tile will bring up the application in full screen mode, if it is a metro application. A classic desktop application opens in Desktop mode just like in Windows 7. From the desktop itself, you can start typing in the keyboard to find your applications, files, and other resources. Here is the search screen in Windows 8 that lets you find applications quite easily. By clicking the Desktop tile, you can also access the familiar Windows desktop to run your legacy desktop applications from the start screen. Lot of new featuresMicrosoft officially unveiled Windows 8 during Other than improvements inthe Build conference. Dubbed "Windows the user experience thatReimagined," the OS is optimized for tablets makes it suitable for tablets,and touch devices. Featuring a new start screen Windows 8 is loaded with awith the Metro User Interface (which gained number of new features.popular with Windows Phone 7), Windows 8 Windows 8 is designed forsupports new, touch-optimized Metro applica- low power tablets, and fortions as well as legacy desktop applications on very low energy utilization.the new WinRT runtime. The boot time in Windows 8 is significantly reduced, andThere are several ways to get up and running you can really feel thewith Windows 8. You can either install it on a difference. Windows 8 alsovirtual machine in Windows, or you can install it includes Hyper V support,on a VHD (Virtual Hard Drive). In my case, I which brings Hyper V todownloaded the ISO image of Developer desktops for the first time.Preview with tools (the 4+ GB one), extracted it Windows 8 also has a lot ofto a USB drive and made the USB drive boot- new security features builtable, booted from that, and then installed Win- in and enables tight integration with Windowsdows 8 on a Local HD Partition on my home live services.machine. Now, it is dual bootable, with Win-dows 8 and Windows 7, and all is well. Charms in Windows 8 On touch devices, swiping from the right side ofFor End Users the screen brings up what is known as Charms,The new start screen in Windows 8 features live an implementation of the start bar On a no-n .tiles where users can see all applications listed. touch regular PC, Charms can be accessed byUsers can also receive application notifications dragging the mouse to the bottom left corner ofvia the tiles. the screen. For Developers Windows 8 comes with WinRT a new object- , oriented, native/unmanaged API for developing ‘Metro’ applications for Windows. WinRT APIs are expected to replace the Win32 APIs. WinRT proj- ects types using metadata and is fully object- oriented. You can access WinRT directly from managed languages like C#.
  5. 5. Here are a couple of interesting reads about dows Live applications (Mail, Calendar Photos) are ,WinRT. now developed in Javascript/HTML5 and are native. You can connect multiple devices via Windows LiveDeveloping For WinRT Support for Wide Variety of HardwareWinRT is going to be ‘the runtime’ for Windows,across multiple devices such as PCs and Tablets. Hardware support for Windows 8 seems really awe-Windows Metro style applications can be devel- some. The demos feature Windows 8 running on aoped on top of WinRT in C#/VB.NET and XAML. variety of hardware devices. New and improved features include:XAML libraries with WinRT are now re-written inC++ and don’t have any .NET dependencies. • Multi monitor support with a start buttonWinRT XAML is a subset of the earlier XAML on all screens.libraries that was available with .NET but doesn’t • Hyper V Support for features like DataTriggers for now. Pres - • USB 3 Support.ently, you can access only a subset of the .NET • Hardware acceleration for all applications.BCL/Runtime from your C#/VB.NET + XAML • Malware detection in boot strapper .WinRT application. • A boot mode called “Cold Boot“ which is super fast. ConclusionThis doesn’t even support the .NET client profile;it is just the .NET core profile with access to aminimum set of .NET namespaces, combinedwith XAML namespaces now in Windows.UI. Theentire CLR will be loaded at the time of execu -tion, but you’ll be able to access only a subset ofthat. This is to ensure that you are running in asandboxed environment. CLR comes into play asa thin layer only for binding your calls to WinRTat run time. As WinRT is object oriented and hasmanaged data, you are in any case developingdirectly against WinRT .C++ and XAMLIf you are developing in C++ and XAML, yourcode will be compiled directly to an unmanagedlibrary. I assume this maximizes performance asyour code is directly compiled to native code.Javascript + HTML5From Javascript, you can directly call WinRT After installing Windows 8 and tinkering with it a bit,methods and in that sense it is native. The UI is I’m pretty much convinced that Microsoft has it right.rendered in HTML5. If your application is a They corrected the tablet part of the equation andJavascript + HTML5 application, it will run in a they got the entire Cloud <-> T ablet stack in place,‘shell’ that uses the same rendering engine as in with proper platforms and a nice set of developerIE10. tools. And without doubt, Windows 8 devices are going to be a serious competitor to Android andYou may continue to develop .NET/C#/Silverlight iOS/iPad in the tablets market space.applications for classic desktop scenarios. But ifyou need to develop Metro applications then you Here we go, Microsoft has officially entered the posthave to develop against WinRTWindows Live PC era!integration.The entire suite of Windows Live services isneatly integrated with Windows 8. All these Win -
  6. 6. KOOL CORNERQuestion to the previous release: Participants with the rightMr Carter was born in the month of . answers : Abhishek Gharpure, AbhishekDecember yet his birthday is always in the , Ranjan, Bipin Sateesh, Deepan Jayavelu,summer How is this possible? . Dhananjay Patankar Gražina Strolia, , Gurinder Singh Sethi, KavithaAnswer to the previous release: Veeraswamy, Manjesh.J, Manjunath,Mr Carter lives in southern hemisphere. The . Pavan.Nanaiah.C.P Premkumar , ,cycle of seasons in the polar and temperate Rajakumar Ramesh.K, Sai Kiran, ,zones of one hemisphere is opposite to that Sanjeevkumar M.U, Santosh Menon, .in the other When it is summer in the . Saravana Kumar Seema Adhangale, ,Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Shiladitya Banerjee, Shilpn Patel, SudhaSouthern Hemisphere, and vice versa.This month’s question is a little tricky... try it!Robert, Denis, Mary and Bruce had a race. Rush your answers toDenis was as many places behind Mary as was ahead of Robert. Mary did not comein first and Robert was not second. Who stoodat the first, second, third, and fourth places?Kartoon Buzz Kote Kreations History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usu- ally encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become dis- couraged by their defeats. B.C. Forbes