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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Windows Phone 7.5 - Mango

Microsoft is doing good on the its mobile platform lately. After the launch of Windows phone 7, industry had given various kinds of reviews on its survival and plans for future. Looking at the plans of its next major release after 7 code named mango, which is set to release this fall it looks like Microsoft has been rigorously working hard to make headway into the already crowded mobile OS market.

It things looks impressive in the manner Microsoft has been able to get the next version quickly with many new features and enhancements. I thought of sharing few of these I found while surfing the net.

Social networks are now getting more embedded into the OS level. Using the Me hub, users can directly login to Facebook and get updates on notifications.  The live tile allows users status updates, check-in, comments etc. It is assumed twitter also will be tightly integrated to the OS. Using the automatic face detection, tagging becomes much easier on Facebook photo albums.

Another major enhancement has been on the email front. Now users have the option of combining multiple email accounts to bind them in single inbox.  There has been good improvement on the email conversation font too. There has been addition of voice dictation, so users will be able to speak out message and can have the incoming message spoken to you.
Maps are also getting better with integration with Local Scout to find business around user’s location.  This version comes with Internet Explorer 9 with full support of HTML5/CSS3.

Overall it looks like a good new release with decent number of feature additions and enhancements. Though it cannot be said, it will be a threat to the other mobile OS giants but it looks like it is catching closer to the other ones.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Develop A Clear Vision

The one quality that all leaders have in common is that they have a clear and exciting vision for the future. This is something that only the leader can do. Only the leader can think about the future and plan for the future each day.

Take the Time to Think

Excellent leaders take the time to think through and develop a clear picture of where they want the organization to be in one, three and five years. Leaders have the ability to communicate this vision in such a way that others "buy in" and eventually see the vision as belonging to them.

Motivate People to Give of Their Best

It is the vision of the future possibilities, of what can be, that arouses emotion and motivates people to give of their best. The most powerful vision is always qualitative, aimed at and described in terms of values and mission rather than quantitative, which is described in terms of money and numbers.

Money is Important

Of course, money is important, but the decision and commitment to "be the best in the business" is far more exciting.

Keep Your Cool

Another key to leadership success is for you to "keep your cool." A study at Stanford Business School examined the qualities that companies look for in promoting young managers toward senior executive positions, especially the position of Chief Executive Officer. The study concluded that the two most important qualities required for great success were, first, the ability to put together and function as part of a team. Since all work is ultimately done by teams, and the managers' output is the output of the team, the ability to select team members, set objectives, delegate responsibility and finally, get the job done, was central to success in management.

Practice is Everything

The second quality required for rapid promotion was found to be the ability to function well under pressure, and especially in a crisis. Keeping your cool in a crisis means to practice patience and self-control under difficult or disappointing circumstances.

People Are Watching

The character and quality of a leader is often demonstrated in these critical moments under fire, when everyone is watching, observing and privately taking notes. As Rudyard Kipling once said, "If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, then the world is yours and all that's in it".

Your job as a leader is to have a clear vision of where you want to go and then to keep your cool when things go wrong, as they surely will.

Action Exercises

Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, project forward 3-5 years and imagine your ideal future vision. What does it look like? What steps can you take immediately to begin turning your future vision into your current reality?

Second, resolve in advance that, no matter what happens, you will remain calm and cool. You will not become upset or angry. You will take a deep breath and focus on the solution rather than on the problem.

Shared By - Haroon

Monday, August 15, 2011

Windows Live Mesh 2011

Today I would like to share one of wonderful free product of Microsoft. Microsoft has many free good products which are really good for use in daily life. Unfortunately Microsoft does not market for these products. But these producsts are wonderful!!!

Have you heard of  Windows Live Mesh? No, Please read below information about it and we can start using it in daily life.

Windows Live Mesh 2011:
With Windows Live Mesh and the Windows Live Devices website, you can stop emailing files to yourself, carrying them around on a USB drive, or worrying whether the version you have with you is the latest.

Keep up-to-date copies of documents, photos, and other files on all of your computers, whether PC or Mac. So, even if you go offline, the files you synced earlier are there when you need them.

You can sync up to 5 GB to your free synced storage space on SkyDrive, and sync an unlimited number of files directly from one computer to another. Windows Live Mesh also has remote access, so you can get to your PC from another location, similar to using Remote Desktop Connection in Windows. With Windows Live Mesh installed and running on your PC, you can run programs and browse to all the files on that PC from any other PC on the Internet.

Windows Live Mesh is part of Windows Live Essentials, which also includes Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, Bing Bar, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight, and Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger). You can install just Windows Live Mesh, or all of Windows Live Essentials.

So what are you thinking of, let's go and get benefit of cloud features given by Microsoft.