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Get the Windows Phone 8 GDR 3 Now

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In my previous post I linked from the Microsoft press-release all the new features that are being made available with the Windows Phone 8 GDR 3 Update. One of the interesting pieces of information was that Microsoft was making the update available for developers now. To participate and download Windows Phone 8 Update 3, you need to meet one of three conditions: your phone is “developer-unlocked,” you’re a registered Windows Phone Store developer, or you’re a registered Windows Phone App Studio developer.

I obviously needed to get the update running on my phone (Nokia Lumia 925). I realized that there was no going back once the update is installed as well as no manufacturer and carrier support once this is upgraded. Please make note of this before you attempt the update.

So, to get back to updating. One of the options above is to be registered as a Windows Phone App Studio developer. To do so, visit and sign in with your Microsoft account. Once signed in, you will see a page like this.

Click on a template and select create app. Go through the creation process, hit the next button at the bottom till you reach “Step 4”. At this point you should see a page that looks like this.


Now create on generate app and go grab a cup of coffee while this completes. Your page should look like this at this point.


Now that you are back, you should see a page that looks like this.


Click on the “install the certificate” link first. You will see a pop-up with a QR code. Whip out your Windows Phone 8 device, click on the search button and click on the eye button on the bing screen. You should be able to click on the link from the QR code. When prompted to install, go ahead and install.
Next, scan the QR code for the app that you see on the screen for the app and follow the link and install the app.

You phone should now be ready to accept the preview app. On you phone, go to Windows Phone Store and install the app.

Once the app is installed, you should be able to go to the app and sign-up for the preview. You will get a notification that your phone is registered for update 3. Go to setting and phone updates and check for updates. You should be on your way to install the update. Only caveat is that you will need access to Wi-Fi to download and install the update.

PLEASE NOTE: All steps above is what I followed, I provide no guarantees if it does not work for you. Bottom line is do this at your own risk.

2013 Microsoft MVP Award

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I am pleased to announce that as of today, I am the recipient of the 2013 Microsoft MVP Award. This is my first MVP Award and its an honor to be included with some amazing MVP’s


MVP awards are given to individuals by Microsoft in recognition of their contributions to the technical community, such as this blog, forums and community contributions to User Groups such as

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my readers, followers, fellow MVPs and of course the Microsoft employees that have encouraged, helped and supported me over years.

Thank you everyone.

New Xbox 360 dashboard update starts rolling out today

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Many of you have been involved in the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta and have been busy getting an early look at the latest Xbox LIVE features. Today we’re starting to roll out the official release of the update to Xbox LIVE subscribers around the world. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across subscribers and regions over the course of the next week. Our initial deployment will reach approximately three million consoles worldwide, with additional users being updated over the course of a couple weeks. Don’t panic if you don’t see an immediate update, just keep checking back in.

In this update, you will see the following features.

  • Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination.
  • Internet Explorer for Xbox. With Internet Explorer on Xbox, you can easily find and view internet content on the biggest screen in the house, including HTML5 videos.
  • Recommendations and Ratings. Recommendations will allow you to discover new favorites, generated based on a number of variables including the content you previously viewed, what your friends are consuming and what is most relevant and popular with our Xbox community. You can now rate content yourself and also see Rotten Tomatoes ratings.
  • Pinning. Pinning lets you personalize the dashboard by saving your favorite movies, TV shows, games, music, videos and websites right to the home screen. It’s as easy as opening an app or a favorite movie and clicking “pin.”
  • Xbox Video. Formerly called Zune Video Marketplace, Xbox Video offers hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies for buying or renting in instant HD streaming.
  • Recent. Previously called Quick Play, the Recent view gives you a list of movies, games, apps or other types of content that you most recently accessed on the console.
  • Enhanced Search. The last Xbox LIVE update brought Bing voice search to Xbox so you could use voice to search for movies, TV shows, actors, directors and artists. This year we added genre search to the list, so now you can search for action, comedy, romance, drama or sci-fi. Bing voice search now includes results for video across the Web, including YouTube.
  • International Expansion of Voice Search. We’ve expanded our Kinect voice search capabilities to 9 new countries – Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Ireland.

What about Xbox SmartGlass? That’s coming too, but not until Windows 8 launches on October 26th. When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom.

Yesterday, we shared all the details about Xbox Music, our brand new digital music service. Xbox Music begins rolling out today on Xbox 360, it will launch with free streaming on all Windows 8 PCs and tablets on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 as devices arrive in market. Xbox Music combines all the different ways people love to enjoy music, creating the ultimate all-in-one music service.

For all the details on Xbox Music, check out the Microsoft News Center.