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Microsoft touts 300,000 Windows Phone 7 dev-tool downloads

Windows 7 Mobile

Windows 7 Mobile

As Microsoft approaches its fall Windows Phone 7 launch, its evangelists are working overtime to try to build momentum for the platform.

Microsoft officials are announcing on August 23 that there have been 300,000-plus downloads of the beta of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools to date. They said the final version of the tools will be out September 16, but stressed that those interested in writing games and applications using the XNA Framework and Silverlight don’t need to wait for the final.

“Of course, the final tools will have some minor breaking changes from the Beta tools, so developers may have to fix some bugs which arise,” acknowledged Brandon Watson, a Director in Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business, in a new post to the Windows Phone Developer blog. “The final tools will also include several highly requested Silverlight controls which will make it even easier for developers to deliver high quality Windows Phone 7 experiences. Also in the September 16th final release, the panorama, pivot and Bing maps controls will all be available to drop into applications,” Watson added.

The latest version of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools beta, released in July, included test builds of Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, Windows Phone Emulator, Silverlight for Windows Phone, Expression Blend for Windows Phone and XNA Game Studio 4.0

Watson, for those who haven’t bumped into him at various Microsoft shows and events, is the guy who heads up Windows Phone developer marketing and field and sales readiness for developer engagements. He formerly worked on the technical marketing team for Server and Tools, focusing on developer platforms for Windows Azure and .Net. (He’s also founded a company that developed online-safety solutions for kids, and was a principal with Soros Private Equity Partners, in between his stints at Microsoft.)

“There are half a million Silverlight developers out there, and two million C# programmers,” Watson told me during a meeting I had with him recently at a Microsoft event. “The message is write once, optimize anywhere.”

He stressed that Windows Phone 7 and its ecosystem is “built by developers, for developers.”

“We’re listening to developers about what they want and are being very open and transparent about what we’re delivering” in terms of tools, Marketplace policies and more, Watson said. With Microsoft, “you get discovered, you get rewarded,” he quipped.

Another of those who is part of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 evangelism efforts is Anand Iyer, who has been working as a Microsoft evangelist in the not-usually-Microsoft-friendly Northern California area. Iyer has worked with Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team and was a program manager for the Microsoft BizSpark program for startups. Currently, he is a Senior Product Manager focusing on Windows Phone 7’s Application Developer experiences, targeting startups, students and hobbyist/indie developers in particular.

Iyer said there’s a big focus with Windows Phone 7 on “long-tail developers,” not just the big names. “We want to create rockstars,” he said, to make sure that there will be some unique applications that are available only on Windows Phone 7.

“The goal is to help developers truly understand what they need to do to be successful,” he said. That means finding ways to attract developers who have experience writing for other smartphone platforms, like the iPhone and Android, but also looking for those who are familiar with Microsoft’s tools and development models who may not necessarily have mobile-development experience.

Microsoft recently announced 50 gaming titles that will be available on Windows Phone 7 at launch. The company also has been distributing Windows Phone 7 prototype phones to a small, selected pool of developers to help them finalize their offerings for launch. Microsoft execs have been sporting early prototype Windows Phone 7 devices at various conferences. And the team has been encouraging Microsoft employees to try their hand at developing Windows Phone 7 applications.

As many pundits, developers, competitors and potential customers have noted, Microsoft has a long road ahead of it on the smartphone front. Is there anything Microsoft isn’t doing — or should rethink — that you feel would give Windows Phone 7 a better chance of success?

Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b DNS Name does not exist

Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b DNS Name does not exist

Microsoft Operating Systems Affected

WIndows 7 All Versions
Windows Vista All Versions
WIndows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2

This error happens for one of two reasons:

1. You are using “volume licensed media” when installing your operating system, and the machine is looking for a server on your network that runs the KMS Service (key Management Service). You need to have a KMS server if you are activating 25 machines or more. If this error happens and you really only run a few machines you need to enter a MAK (Multiple Activation key) and activate Windows again to stop this error.

2. The Microsoft VLSC (Volume Licensing Service Center) is down or undergoing maintenance as part of a series of enhancements to improve the licensing management experience for partners and customers.

Both of these two reasons are correctable by doing the following:

1. For reason #1, contact your software reseller and obtain a MAK key.

2. For reason #2, you can check eOpen to see the current status of Microsoft’s “VLSC” Volume Licensing Service Center

Activation Error 0x8007232B
Step by Step Solution For reason #1

Once you have contacted your reseller and they give you a MAK or Multiple Activation key

1. Click Start > Right Click on Computer in the left menu > Click on Properties > Scroll Down to the Windows Activation Section > Change Product Key.

2. Enter the new MAK or Multiple Activation key

3. Select Activate Windows by the newly entered product key.

Microsoft Product KeyYour Windows should be activated at this point but If you are unable to activate Windows using this method, please follow the steps outlined in steps 4 through 6.

4. Click Start > Click All Programs > Open the Accessories Folder > Right Click “Command Prompt” > “Run as Administrator”, Once you right click, you will see the “Run as Administrator” option at the top right under “Open”.

5. Enter the following on the command line slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
Where XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX is a valid MAK (Multiple Activation key)

6. After you enter the above command in #4, the command line will drop down a line and seem like its doing nothing but after about 1 minute, you should get a “windows has successfully changed your product key” prompt or popup.

Replace Product Key Windows 7

Now, Do the activation process again by doing just steps 1 and 3 above, I will repeat steps 1 and 3 below as steps a and b.

a. Click Start > Right Click on Computer in the left menu > Click on Properties > Scroll Down to the Windows Activation Section > Change Product Key.

b. Select Activate Windows by the newly entered product key.

Microsoft Product Key

Step by Step Solution For reason #2

1. Easy, just go to eOpen which is Microsoft’s “VLSC” Volume Licensing Service Center webpage located here https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/

I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial on how to fix the Code 0x8007232b DNS Name does not exist Activation Error

Joe Lovrek