Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Download Expression Blend 3 for silverlight 3


just moment back in Mix 09, Scott Guthrie, the Corporate Vice President of the .NET Developer Platform at Microsoft announced announced  beta availability of Expression Blend 3 for Silverlight 3.

to download it from Microsoft Download Center check following links.


Microsoft® Expression Blend 3 Beta

Microsoft® Silverlight™ 3 Beta 1 Documentation

Microsoft® Silverlight™ 3 Learning Videos for Developers

Microsoft® Silverlight™ 3 Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008 SP1

Microsoft® Silverlight™ 3 SDK Beta 1

Microsoft® Silverlight™ 3 SDK Beta 1 Developer Runtime

Friday, March 13, 2009

Return of POP3 on hotmail - Microsoft Back on Track!

Yes this is true! finally Microsoft decided to return  POP3 access of hotmail back to us , if you were using internet before 1996-97 and user of original Hotmail ( not MSN Hotmail) then you must remember that original hotmail was providing POP3 access to its user. after Microsoft acquisition of Hotmail from Sabir Bhatia Microsoft stopped providing POP3 access and again after sometime they made that available only  to their premium customers.

Now after launching  Live services, few months back Microsoft made POP3 available to US,UK etc customers and now they announced its availability worldwide, all people like me who are diehard fan and user of Outlook must be happy since now we can also have our Hotmail mails  in a single Inbox of Outlook.

Now someone might be in mood to suggest me of using Outlook Connecter , but my personal experience was not so good for this plug-in. I tried that but it fails to work smoothly at least on my laptop. it works fine on some of my friends machine but not on my machine… so it was useless for me.

Anyways here are details how to access POP3 for hotmail account.

How to add your e-mail account to Microsoft Outlook using POP3 service ?

  1. In Outlook, click the Tools menu, and then click E-mail Accounts. Click Add a new e-mail account, and then click Next.
  2. Select Radio button Microsoft Exchange, POP3,IMAP or HTTP and click next


  1. Now select check box “Manually Configure Server  setting or additional server types” and click next…


  1. Select Internet Email and click Next…


Enter following Personal Information

  1. Name
  2. Email Id – use your Hotmail/MSN email id here
  3. in Server Information Section Select account type as POP3.  and enter following details
    1. POP3 Server:
    2. SMTP Server:
  4. Enter your full email id as a User Name
  5. Enter Your email account password.
  6. DO NOT select check box saying “Requires Login using secure password authentication (SPA)”


  1. Now click button at right side “More Setting”
  1. New setting windows will open, click on “Outgoing Server tab”  and Select checkbox “My outgoing Server (SMTP) requires authentication”


  1. Next click on Advanced Tab and Enter Following Details
    1. Incoming Server(POP3) Port – 995
    2. check the check box saying “this server requires an encrypted connection(SSL)
    3. outgoing Server SMTP port  : 25 or port 587 with TSL / Auto
  2. you may want to leave a copy of message on server then check the check box for this setting. ( i will suggest you to keep one on server as now days Live account is of 5GB inbox


  1. Now click on OK and then  click on button test account setting, if all things works fine then you can find both test successful.


click next and then finish. you are done with your account setting.

start using Microsoft Office Outlook for your mail and be happy…  Thanks to Microsoft for this great gift.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Start windows


“start windows” really nice video shared by one of our MVP friend “Abhishek baxi” on

Monday, March 02, 2009

Pune User Group invites you to the Community TechDay – IT Pro Track on 21st March, 2009









You've been invited to join Pune IT Pro User Group to discover the best techniques and practices for security on Microsoft technologies and platforms. At this half-day event, the focus will be the one topic that impacts all of us: securing your IT infrastructure. A number of guest speakers will join us to help us determine the best methods for keeping your systems safe, including employees from Microsoft!

Date: 21st March, 2009

more details…