Microsoft Web Days

We had a fantastic time at Microsoft Web Days on 27th January, 2010 at Microsoft Innovation Center, Karachi – Pakistan organized by Microsoft Pakistan DPE Team.

Naveed Bajwa The event started with WebsiteSpark overview by Naveed Bajwa, DPE Lead – Microsoft Pakistan. Naveed talked about what are the benefits this program offers and which companies are eligible for this program.

Audience also raised few concerns on WebsiteSpark program and also discussed how Microsoft is validating startup companies. The eligibility of this program was also discussed thoroughly with the audience.


Jibran JamshadJibran Jamshed, Technology Consultant at Microsoft Innovation Center – Pakistan, demonstrated cool features of Internet Explorer 8 such as Web slices, accelerator etc.

He also talked about IE 8 performance comparison with other browsers. An interesting part was making of configurable deployment setup for enterprises for IE 8.



Zia Khan - MVP

Zia Khan, Microsoft MVP, discussed web development on Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC and Windows Azure. He started my discussing ideal client and server side platform then moved on to ASP.NET MVC and what are its major advantages.

Zia also emphasis on the power and autonomy that Cloud computing gives to developers and encouraged developers to start their own development setup.



Wajahat AbbasWajahat Abbas gave presentation on SharePoint and www. He talked about SharePoint online services, hosting and also discussed on Cloud Computing.

The best part I liked of his presentation was not related to SharePoint but a quote of German philosopher he shared in the end. I would like to quote here as well 🙂


“A pigeon in its flight considers the air to be the only hindrance in its way; it imagines that had there been no air it would have flown faster and with greater ease. Yet without the air it would have been unable to fly in a vacuum and would fall to the ground. Hence the same element that poses resistance to the pigeon in its flight is basically that which makes flight at all possible.“ Kant – German Philosopher

Finally, Aleem Bawany, General Manager – Online Strategy and Development – Express News, talked about current trends in web development. His gave special emphasis on what experience user expect in current time from your web site. He also discussed the importance of client side programming for better user experience.

Last but not least, Jehan ara, President PASHA, gave a keynote in the end encouraging Microsoft Pakistan and developers community.

I really enjoyed the show and it was well organized. Microsoft Pakistan is really rocking these days and I hope they will bring more detail technical events in the upcoming days.

Microsoft Bloggers Day

Microsoft Pakistan, DPE Team, recently organized an event for Bloggers to talk about Windows 7, IE8 and Microsoft initiatives in Pakistan. The event was held at Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC), Karachi, Pakistan on 23rd January, 2010.

The event was well organized and It was really fun to attend. Following was the agenda:

  • A Dive into Windows 7
    by Zafar Ul-Islam, Enterprise Technology Strategist, Microsoft Pakistan
  • IE8 – The Real Web for the Real World
    by Jibran Jamshad, Technology Consultant, Microsoft Innovation Center Pakistan
  • An overview on Microsoft Pakistan initiatives
    by Naveed Bajwa, Developer & Platform Group Manager, Microsoft Pakistan
  • Open Discussion followed by Lunch

I enjoyed the Q & A part the most and bloggers really showed their interest in Microsoft Initiatives in the country. We also tweet about the event with hashtag #Win7PK. Also join the Facebook page of Microsoft Pakistan.

Microsoft Community Boot camp‏

Last Friday, 30th October ‘09, I participated in BootCamp organized for Microsoft Community in Pakistan. The event was really well organized and we really had fun time. We attended sessions, played games and had dinner as well 🙂 It was organized at arena, Karachi, Pakistan.

The Bootcamp provides an opportunity to network with other Most Valuable Professionals, Professional Partners, Student Partners, Community Speakers & Microsoft Pakistan team members and helps in developing a much better understanding of latest Technology & Microsoft Platform.

The Agenda for the event is as follows:

  • 3:30 – 4:00 Registration & Hi Tea
  • 4:00 – 4:45 Windows 7
      • by Naveed Bajwa, Developer & Platform Group Manager, Microsoft Pakistan
  • 4:45 – 5:30 A Dive into UX, Expression Studio
      • by Jibran Jamshad, Technology Consultant, Microsoft Innovation Center Pakistan
  • 5:30 – 6:15 Microsoft Virtualization 360
      • by Zafar Ul-Islam, Enterprise Technology Strategist, Microsoft Pakistan
  • 6:15 – 6:45 Cloud Computing with Windows Azure
      • by Ziaullah Khan, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional
  • 6:45 – 7:15 Q & A, Discussion
  • 7:15 – 8:30 Games
  • 8:30 – onwards Dinner

It was really informative and fun to attend such event. I would like to thank Microsoft Pakistan, Microsoft Innovation Center and especially the DPE Team.

Event Summary: Windows 7 House Party

We had a fantastic Windows 7 house party on Sunday, October 25th. I invited some of my friends and community contributors and I’m glad I hosted a Windows 7 House Party, it was really fun.

We started with one of the most famous feature of Windows 7 i.e. Aero Shake 🙂 and then moving towards start menu and search options. Later I handed over my position to Taimur Asad, who is Microsoft Student Partner to continue the show on my behalf.

At the end, we did some I’m PC fun time 🙂 Check out the video and make sure you watch till end 😉

Thank you all for attending the party. I really had a great time and hope you all enjoyed as well. Also thank you Munir and Jadoon for tweeting about the event 🙂

Internet Explorer 8

Microsoft announces Internet Explorer 8 availability in March 2009. This video gives you an overview of new features in IE8. Check it out…

Internet Explorer 8: Overview

Good enough to download and start using. Ok, Now what’s new in IE8 for me? i.e. Developers!First of all, if you are a web developer then make sure to go through IE8 Readiness Developer Checklist. Secondly, IE 8 has integrated Developer Tools which you will find in Tools Menu as the image depict below

imageThis Developer Tools enables Web site developers to quickly debug Microsoft JScript, investigate a behavior specific to Internet Explorer, or iterate rapidly to prototype a new design or try solutions to a problem on-the-fly. An article is describing key features in Developer Tools in available on MSDN (click here).

Beside Developer Tools, some of the new features for developer include

            • CSS 2.1 and 3.0 features
            • HTML 5
            • Native JSON
            • Selectors
            • AJAX Navigation

For details, please visit Internet Explorer Developer Center on MSDN. Don’t forget to watch How Do I? Videos for Developers

Last but not least, I found a good webcast on “Internet Explorer 8 for Developers” that will help you knowing new standards/features in IE 8 and luckily avoid reading articles 🙂

MSDN Webcast: BenkoTIPS Live and On Demand: Internet Explorer 8 for Devs with…