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Pivot Viewer v2 (released as a part of SL 5 RC) is one of smartest improvements done by MS to its own products. However, there are still somethings which are not very clearly available. For instance, sorting multivalued facets, custom actions, etc. In this series of blogs, I am going to explain to you how one can do the tasks which were quite easy in the old version of Pivot Viewer but not so straight forward in this version and then later I’ll take you through how you can harness the power of this newer version of the super awesome product. The series will evolve as follows:

Stay tuned!

An awesome blog post demonstrating how to harness the power of the new Pivot Viewer (released as a part of SL5 RC).

Joris Dries started a Twitter conversation this morning about getting decent performance out of the PivotViewer in SL5RC. So, I thought now would be a good time to gather a bunch of ideas I've had over the past few months and put them all in one post. This might not answer Joris' question directly, but it does satisfy the title. You can download the complete source code of the examples here. What I'll do is build a number of scenarios and compare … Read More

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This post comes from a field I dont work on regularly but it is a part of my explorations. Its about a CMS system that I use “Alfresco”  which was installed on Ubuntu and the problem I was facing was with integration between Alfresco and Open Ldap. After I had performed steps for integrating the Ldap and Alfreso’s authentication system, alfresco system was not getting started properly. So when I checked for any exceptions (using Catalina, of course), I was getting the error

“WQS unable to connect to repository: Unauthorized”

To solve this problem you will have to go to the following director (this would depend on your installation):


and in here, go to the line that says “alfresco.server.password=” and make sure that the password mentioned is same as the password of the Ldap’s Admin user, as shown below:

# Admin level user and password to connect to login to Alfresco server.
alfresco.server.password=admin’s password

Then reboot your alfresco and you will be able to login directly using the users of open ldap.

Ever reached a situation where you see the error message “The application ‘/’ does not exist” in IIS 7. This may be due to the fact that you created a site in IIS first and then deleted the physical folder from your hard disk and after you have deleted the folder, if you go to IIS and try selecting the site’s node under the Web site section, you’ll see this alert message. In order to get rid of this error, you can do two things:

  1. If you want to keep this application, create a folder with your code with the same name and at the same location as before (when you created the site) and the error will go away.
  2. If you want to delete this application, then you can do the following:
    1. Create a folder as we did in Step 1 and then go to IIS. This time you will be able to select the Website’s node, right click on the site and click delete and then you can delete the dummy folder too.




    2. Open in the Command Prompt with Administrator Rights and then write the following command and press enter:

    \Windows\System32\Inetsrv\AppCmd.exe delete site “Your Site Name”

This will you will be able to restore\delete the site and get rid of the error message.

While programming an add-in for Excel 2010, I suddenly realized that I was no more able to automatically fill and drag-drop cells. In excel, when we select a cell and move our mouse to the border of that cell, the cursor changes and it is using this through which we can drag-drop or auto-fill but in my case this stopped working.

After exploring a bit I found out how to enable it again. Click the Microsoft Office Button, click Excel Options, and then click the Advanced tab and then Select the check box that says “Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop” and if you want to be alerted before overwriting an already filled cell then Select “Alert before overwriting cells” too.

I am not exactly sure why this problem came at the first place & I am still trying to reproduce the steps but until then this solution will be quite handy 🙂

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April 03, 2008 10:33 IST

After nearly 14 months of discussion, debate and controversies surrounding them, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has finally declared that Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) file format has received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC international standard. Approval required at least two-thirds (i.e. 66.66 per cent) of the votes cast by national bodies participating in the joint technical committee (ISO/IEC JTC 1), to be positive; and no more than one-fourth (i.e. 25 per cent) of the total number of (ISO/IEC) national body votes cast to be negative. ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (the technical name for the draft proposal) was originally disapproved in the “fast-track vote” which ended in September 2007, when 3,500 comments were received. India too had said ‘no’ with comments.

However, the comments were addressed at a ballot resolution meeting (BRM) from 25-29 February, after which the national bodies had 30 days to modify their votes if they wished. India maintained its ‘No’. By eliminating redundancies, the comments had been reduced to 1,000 individual issues to be considered. However, there will reportedly be a two-month period to allow national bodies to lodge any formal appeals before the standard proceeds to official publication. There are already protests over votes cast by Norway and Germany.

There has, perhaps, never been a more intense global industry debate over standards since OOXML is backed by Apple, Novell, and closer home by Wipro, Infosys, TCS, and Nasscom. The rival Open
Document Format or ODF is supported by IBM, Sun Microsystems, Red Hat, Google, and in India, by the Department of Information Technology (DIT), National Informatics Centre (NIC), CDAC, IIT-Bombay and IIM-Ahmedabad.

ISO approval means government business for Microsoft since governments worldwide, including India, prefer standards that are ratified from bodies such as the ISO. Governments are wary of holding digital data in proprietary formats, which could make them hostage (vendor lock-ins) to a software vendor. States such as Delhi, Kerala and others from the North-East are heavy adopters of ODF file formats which are open and free (excluding maintenance and support).

“With 86 per cent of voting national bodies supporting ratification, there is overwhelming support for Open XML. This outcome is a clear win for the customers, technology providers and governments that want to choose the format that best meets their needs and have a voice in the evolution of this widely adopted standard,” said Tom Robertson, general manager of Interoperability and Standards at Microsoft, in a press statement.

Venkatesh Hariharan, co-founder, Open Source Foundation of India, said: “Standards in a crucial area like document formats impact the lives of all computer users daily. Therefore, the manner in which OOXML has been pushed through ISO to support the monopolistic aims of a single corporation is a matter of serious concern. The European Union is investigating the numerous irregularities on the
voting around OOXML and we will support their investigations.”

Meanwhile, the debate around OOXML and ODF appears to be a proxy for product competition in the marketplace, note observers. It is significant in part because it will have a major influence on the future success of Microsoft Office – one of Microsoft’s largest and most profitable product families. Non-governmental and legacy Microsoft Office users, on the other hand, are most likely not to bother
about which file formats their office applications use, given that Microsoft Office still has an over 90 per cent market share in many countries. In developing nations also the software major aggressively competes by subsidising its offerings for governments and students.



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Hi All

A bit of good news for Microsoft and its fan and the developers in favor of Office Open XML to become an ISO Standard. Let me brief the history.

Microsoft gave out the Open XML standard as its weapon in the war of Open Source Vs Open Standards. More information about Open XML is available here. The overview of the Office Open XML describes the complete specification. And the developers can consult the Microsoft sponsored!!

Open XML is already a standard under the  European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA), article no. 376. Here’s more information about it!!

And here’s the current news about it:


Amid lobbying, Microsoft is seen winning an international open standard vote
By Kevin J. O’Brien

Monday, September 3, 2007


Amid intense lobbying, Microsoft is expected to squeak out a victory this week to have its open document format, Office Open XML, recognized as an international standard, people tracking the vote said Monday.

Supporters and opponents of the move, which would help Microsoft maintain its competitive advantage in the burgeoning field of open-format documents, said they believed that the company, the world’s largest software maker, would receive a global standard for Office Open XML.

“After what basically has amounted to unprecedented lobbying, I think that Microsoft’s standard is going to get the necessary amount of support,” said Pieter Hintjens, president of Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, a Brussels group that led the opposition. The underlying code of an “open” document is public, allowing
developers to improve and derive new products without having to pay royalties. The first open format to become an international standard, in May 2006, was OpenDocument Format, developed by a group led by International Business Machines.

Microsoft sought a similar status for Office Open XML so it could also sell software with “open” characteristics increasingly demanded by national and local governments in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil, as well as Massachusetts in the United States. Up to 104 countries of two global standards bodies, the International Organization for Standardization, known as ISO, and the International Electrotechnical Commission, or IEC, both based in Geneva, have since April been casting national votes on whether to
designate Office Open XML as a global standard.

The issue has split the groups, with some members asserting that the ISO and IEC should not be endorsing the commercial product of a single company. Others say a standards designation would reflect reality, since more than 90 percent of electronic documents are on Microsoft format. Electronic voting closed Sunday. Roger Frost, an ISO spokesman in
Geneva, said his organization was tallying the votes and expected to announce the results on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The European Computer Manufacturers Association, known as ECMA, a standards group based in Geneva, endorsed Office Open XML as a European standard last December and nominated it for fast-track consideration by the ISO. “It is really impossible to say what the outcome is going to be,” said Jan van den Beld, a former secretary general of the manufacturers’ group. “Basically, Office Open XML was a form of catch-up standardization,” said Van den Beld, who was ECMA’s secretary general from 1992 until last April. “Politics aside, there are 400 million users of the Office Open format, and we basically just recognized reality.”

Erich Andersen, Microsoft’s associate general counsel in Europe, said, “We are encouraged by the positive support the Open XML standard has received, and over the next phase of the process we will work closely with ECMA and the committee to address the many constructive comments that have been submitted.” Hintjens, a Brussels software developer whose group ran the opposition Web site called, said Monday that he believed Microsoft had managed to curry just enough support to win passage for its standard. According to Hintjens, whose group has been tallying the votes of participants, countries including Japan, Canada, India, China, Brazil, France and Britain voted against Microsoft’s proposal. France and Britain made their “no” votes conditional, meaning they could later change them to “yes” should Microsoft alter its 6,500-page standard to allay technical and liability concerns.

Microsoft’s bid was supported, Hintjens said, by countries including Switzerland, the United States, Portugal and Germany, as well as smaller ones like Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya and Ivory Coast, some of whom became active late in the voting at Microsoft’s urging. To win passage, Microsoft’s standard must gain support from at least two-thirds of 37 countries on an information technology panel of the ISO and IEC called the Joint Technical Committee 1. Also, Microsoft’s standard cannot be opposed by more than 25 percent of all countries
casting ballots. Van den Beld said 80 of 104 eligible countries have cast ballots, more than any previous standards vote.

Under ISO and IEC rules, a so-called ballot resolution meeting will be held Feb. 25 to 29 in Geneva, where Microsoft and national voting groups will attempt to iron out differences, leading to a broader consensus behind the standard. If Microsoft prevails in voting this week, it is under less pressure to make changes it opposes. Should it lose, however, it would be under more pressure to make changes, van den Beld said.

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After all this war, I think soon Office Open XML will be an ISO Standard.

What’s your comment on it??

TechVista 2007

Hi folks

In my last post, I told you about TechVista! Here’s some more information on it:

TechVista is the Microsoft Research India’s annual research symposium. It features some of the best recognized scientists from across the world as speakers. TechVista brings together the research community, academia and government onto a common platform.

TechVista will be held on October 13, 2007 at the International Eros, Nehru Place, New Delhi. All the speakers at the event are either Turing Award Winners(Noble Prize for Computer Science) or really experienced Researchers and eminent personalities.

The theme for TechVista, New Delhi, October 13, 2007 will be "Computing and Technology- Shaping the Future". The following distinguished speakers will address the participants:

* Prof. Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
* Prof. Eric Grimson, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bernard    Gordon Chair of Medical Engineering, MIT
* Prof. Manuela M. Veloso, Herbert A. Simon Professor, Computer Science Department, School of Computer Science,   Carnegie Mellon University.
* Dr. Michael Kass, Senior scientist, Disney/Pixar and technical Academy award winner
* Prof. Krithi Ramamritham, Vijay and Sita Vashee Chair Professor, Department of Computer Sc. and Engg., and Dean,   Research and Development, IIT Bombay
* Dr. Rick Rashid, Senior VP, Microsoft Research

TechVista New Delhi will also feature a discussion by a panel consisting of leading personalities drawn from research and policy influencers on the theme of "Computing and Technology, Shaping the Future".
Here’s the link:

(P.S. No travel expense will be reimbursed!)


Hi folks

Just had a rocking meet at the MS Gurgaon Office.
Although not as exciting as the last year’s IDC meet, which I am sure
all the people miss, who attended it!! Yet, it’s was a bit better than
expected…new partners were quite enthusiastic about it, a bit shy

And, at one time I was yelling my full volume out….to wake the dead up….lol!!

Yet, rocked it completely.

officials from the Microsoft Research, Bangalore threw some light on
the MSR…and also mentioned about the TechVista coming up on October
13, 2007 for the first time in Delhi at the International Eros, Nehru
Place, New Delhi. All the speakers at the event are either Turing Award
Winners(Noble Prize for Computer Science) or really experienced
Researchers and eminent personalities.

Here’s the link:

(P.S. No travel expense will be reimbursed!)