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Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is now available

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is now available to download for free.

The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 is a highly compatible, in-place update to the Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1.

The .NET Framework 4.5.2 contains a variety of new features, such as:

  • ASP.NET improvements
  • High DPI Improvements
  • Distributed transactions enhancement
  • More robust profiling
  • Improved activity tracing support in runtime and framework

The new version of the .NET Framework can be installed on the following operation systems:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Use the download button below to download the offline installer (66.8 MB) for Microsoft’s .NET Framework 4.5.2

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 is now available to download

Windows 8.1 update 1 (also known as KB 2919355) has been made available to download for free through the Windows update feature and the Microsoft’s download section.

If you are planning to install the update by downloading the files through Microsoft’s website make sure that you have the KB 2919442 patch already installed as it is required in order to install the new update.

On other other hand, if you are installing the patch through the Windows update feature there is a high chance that you have already installed the patch by now.

The update is designed to improve the Windows interface as well as the functionality for keyboard and mouse users. For more detailed information visit Exploring Windows 8.1 Update.

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QR Workshop – A portable QR code reader and generator

QR Workshop is a free, open source and portable application that allows you to generate QR codes of your choice.

As you can see below the interface is minimal and very simple to use. In order to generate a QR code you simply need to specify the dimensions (width and height) of the image you would like to create and enter the text that will be encoded in the QR code image itself. Then simply press generate and save the image.

QR Workshop Generate

The result image:
QR Workshop result

QR Workshop can also be used as a QR code reader which allows you to decode and display the information that is encoded within a QR code image. In order to do that you have to switch to the QR Code Reader tab, drag&drop the QR code image in the text field or simply click the browse button next to it in order to open the file browser which you can use to select one. Finally after you have selected the image of your liking click Decode.

QR Workshop Reader

QR Workshop requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and Windows XP or higher in order to run properly.

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Microsoft’s C# compiler becomes open source

Microsoft decided to open source their latest .NET Compiler Platform with the codename Roslyn under the Apache License 2.0 license. This is great news as it allows for more people to take a look at the code and suggest improvements, find bugs or even implement features.

If you would like to take a peak at the code you can visit https://roslyn.codeplex.com/, and in case you are thinking about contributing to the project make sure to read all the rules Microsoft put in place to ensure the quality of the project.

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Microsoft drops support for Windows XP

After supporting Windows XP for more than 12 years Microsoft announced that they will be dropping the support for Windows XP on 8 of April 2014. After that date Windows XP users will not receive any updates through windows update and technical support from Microsoft will no longer be provided.

In addition to the above, Microsoft announced that they will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download for Windows XP users on the same date.

This is an important announcement since a Windows XP holds more than 10% of the users in the current market.

Since the upcoming security issues will no longer be fixed after the 8th of April, current Windows XP users should strongly considering moving to a newer Windows version, mainly to either Windows 7 or the Windows 8 version.

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