Microsoft releases first preview of PowerShell 7

Microsoft has released the first preview of PowerShell 7, with a plan to release a preview every month.

The tech giant has enhanced the compatibility of PowerShell 7 and made multiple fixes and improvements. The new version of PowerShell will support the .NET Core 3.0 which will not only bring performance improvements but also provide new APIs including WPF an WinForms.

This first preview contains some of the changes that didn’t make it in time for the 6.2 GA release, and marks our move to .NET Core 3.0,Steve Lee, a principal software engineering manager, PowerShell Team announced in a blog post. “We will be changing the support life-cycle to align with .NET Core. This means that we expect PowerShell 7 to be generally available (GA) about a month after .NET Core 3.0 GA.

Microsoft in its previous post reported that .NET Core 3.0 would be generally available sometime in September. If the discussed plans are accomplished, then the latest version of PowerShell would be commercially available soon near October.

PowerShell 7 works across all the operating systems (Linux, macOS and Windows), mainly focused on the Windows based PowerShell users who are not frequently upgrading and using the PowerShell framework as much as the Linux users.

Teams of Windows and PowerShell are working together to validate and update their modules to work with PowerShell 7.

“A big focus of PowerShell 7 is making it a viable replacement for Windows PowerShell 5.1. This means it must have near parity with Windows PowerShell in terms of compatibility with modules that ship with Windows,” added Lee.

Microsoft has plans of finding ways to use credentials in a secured way “from a local or remote based credential store.” It is also working on features that improve the error report formatting in the latest version of PowerShell.

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The GitHub page has listed the preview bits of PowerShell 7 which users can download directly in different compressed-file formats for various operating systems.


Microsoft releases experimental version of .NET web framework Blazor

Microsoft has released the experimental version of .NET web framework Blazor (v0.9.0).

Blazor is a single-page app framework that is used to build interactive client-side web applications with .NET. It uses open web standards without plugins or code transpilation and enables full-stack development with C# and WebAssembly. It runs in all the modern web browsers and mobile browsers.

The 0.9.0 release will update the Blazor with the Razor Components improvements in .NET Core 3.0 Preview 3, said the company. These improvements will include single project template, new .razor extension, endpoint routing integration, prerendering, and Razor Components in Razor Class Libraries.

Blazor apps will now also have improved event handling, as well as forms & validation.

There are several benefits of using Blazor. It will allow developers to write code in C# rather than JavaScript, and leverage the existing ecosystem of .NET libraries. Since the .NET has been built for performance, reliability and security, it will help developers to build web apps with speed and scalability.

Running the Blazor inside web browsers has become possible using WebAssembly (wasm). WebAssembly is an open web standard and supported in web browsers without plugins.

Further, it will allow integration with industry-leading tools like Visual Studio on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

To use Blazor 0.9.0, users will need to install the .NET Core 3.0 Preview 3 SDK, Visual Studio 2019 with the ASP.NET and web development workload selected, and the latest Blazor extension from the Visual Studio Marketplace.

Microsoft mentioned that the Blazor 0.9.0 is an alpha quality release and not suitable for production applications.

Also read: Visual Studio 2019 to be launched in April this year

“We hope you enjoy this latest preview release of Blazor. As with previous releases, your feedback is important to us. If you run into issues or have questions while trying out Blazor, file issues on GitHub,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post.

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Domain name registrations count totals 342.4M in Q3 2018: Verisign report

The global domain name registrations count has reached 342.4 million across all top-level domains (TLDs) in the third quarter of 2018, finds Verisign.

The data reveals that around 2.6 million new domain names were registered in Q3. Domain name registrations have increased by 0.8%quarterly and 3.5% year-over-year.

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.com and .net TLDs count

The number of .com and .net TLDs together totaled around 151.7 million at end of Q3 2018, representing an increase of 2 million new domain name registrations (1.3%), as compared to second quarter 2018. These domain names combinedly increased by 4% YoY (5.9 million).

At the end of Q3 2018, the total number of .com and .net domain name base was found approximately 137.6 million and 14.1 million domain name registrations, respectively.

Talking about new .com and .net domain name registrations in Q3, these together totaled to around 9.5 million domain name registrations. At the end of same quarter last year, this total was 8.9 million.

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Top 10 largest TLDs

At the end of Q3 2018, the top 10 TLDs globally included .com, .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .net, .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .ru (Russia), .nl (Netherlands), and .info.

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ccTLD domain name registrations

According to Verisign, the count of country-code TLD (ccTLD) domain name registrations totaled to 149.3 million, decreasing by 0.3% (0.5 million) compared to Q2 2018. By YoY, the count has seen rise of 3.2% (4.6 million).

Top 10 ccTLDs

At the end of Q3 2018, the top 10 TLDs were .cn (China), .tk (Tokelau), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .ru (Russian Federation), .nl (Netherlands), .br (Brazil), .eu (European Union), .fr (France), and .au (Australia).

Also read: GoogleRegistry launches .page domain names with security baked in by default

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ngTLD domain name registrations

The total number of ngTLD domain name registrations reached 23.4 million at the end of Q3 2018, up 7.5% (1.6 million) from Q2 2018.

These domain names increased by 10.9% (2.3 million) year over year. The top 10 ngTLDs accounted for around 52.6% of all ngTLD domain name registrations.


Microsoft open sources Infer.NET machine learning framework on GitHub

Microsoft has open sourced the Infer.NET, a machine learning engine that the company uses to power its own platforms including Office, Azure, and Xbox.

Infer.NET is now available on GitHub under the permissive MIT license. Enterprises can use it for free for their commercial applications.

Launched in 2004 as a research tool, the Infer.NET has evolved over the years to become a successful machine learning framework.

Microsoft has built the tool to enable a model-based approach, allowing users to integrate domain-based knowledge into the model. The company explained that Infer.NET can then build a bespoke machine learning algorithm directly from the model.

Typically, the conventional machine learning tools provide existing AI algorithms, so that users can push them into the project according to the needs. But, Infer.NET is different. It constructs the machine learning algorithm on the basis of model provided by the users.

“An added advantage of model-based machine learning is interpretability. If you have designed the model yourself and the learning algorithm follows that model, then you can understand why the system behaves in a particular way or makes certain predictions,” wrote Yordan Zaykov, Principal Research Software Engineering Lead, in a blog post.

“As machine learning applications gradually enter our lives, understanding and explaining their behavior becomes increasingly more important.”

The models built using Infer.NET are capable of handling a broad range of data traits, like real-time data, heterogenous data, unlabeled data, insufficient data, etc.

Also read: Orleans 2.1 released with new scheduler, code generator and performance improvements

Microsoft will make Infer.NET a part of ML.NET, the machine learning framework for .NET developers. The tech giant has already taken a number of steps to integrate it with ML.NET, like setting up the repository under .NET Foundation and moving the packages and namespaces to Microsoft.ML.Probabilistic.


101 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Domain Names

Why Not Getting the .COM TLD You Want Might Not Be the End of the World?

As the Internet continues to grow exponentially, more of its most valued real estate – the .com, is no longer available for new entrants into the domain market. For many, this can be disheartening, especially when that million-dollar idea and million-dollar name took hours to research, plan and draw-up. Though a .com TLD (Top Level Domain) remains the premier TLD in use, other options do exist and may actually be cheaper and better for your brand.

According to domain facts from, a vast array of country and regional TLDs, along with industry and sector-based non-government TLDs exist and are vastly under-populated, meaning getting that perfect domain name may be cheaper and easier than you think.

Most Common Alternative

When it comes to online real estate the second most popular domain TLD is .net. For those who are unable to register their sought-after name as a .com, there is a chance that .net is available. Though not nearly as popular as .com extensions, .net is still used by many of the world’s top brands and are a great alternative if a .com isn’t available.

Cheapest Options

For those looking for a cheaper entry point into the world of online domain ownership many cheap and even free options exist. Up until 1995 .com domains were free to register and since have seen price upsurges. The TLD .xyz is the most used non-governmental TLD and it costs only 59cents to register your domain. Other cheaper options are the free domains registered to the .tk, .cf, .ga, .ml, .cu or .cc TLDs. With these options, it’s possible for anyone to get a piece of the Internet real estate market for little to no investment.

Sector Specific Options

For those looking to register a domain that fits into a specific sector or niche, sector-specific TLDs are a great option. For example, if you were a company looking at releasing a mobile app, the .app TLD may be just what you’re looking for. Other in-demand TLDs that are sector or niche specific include .fan, .web and .club. For those looking for even more TLD freedom, a frequently used technique is to adapt country TLDs to commercial purposes. Examples of this are using something like .dj, the TLD for Djibouti, if you are a disc jockey, or .co (Colombia) to represent corporation or company. By using your imagination, you can increase the possible TLDs available to you and add a little spin on how you market your brand.

Country & Region Options

Another great option for brands and businesses that operate in a specific region or territory is to register their preferred domain name with a country-specific TLD. For example, a Canadian company selling products or services to a Canadian consumer base can register a .ca TLD, or a United Kingdom-based company can do the same with a .uk extension. Currently, top country-specific domain registrations are led by China’s .cn TLD, and other top countries specific TLDs including .de for Germany, .ru for Russia and .tk for Tokelau.

Regardless of your domain’s TLD, the truth is you will need to market your address to draw traffic regardless. In the event you can’t get your brand’s exact .com TLD, these are just a few ways to solve the problem, adding a unique marketing angle and possibly saving you money at the same time.

Here’s a quick infographic that will give you a brief about domain names and facts associated with them:

Domain Infographics

An Infographic: 15 Interesting Facts About the .net TLD

.net TLD recently surpassed 15 million .net domains registered globally, making it one of the most popular domain extensions on the Internet today. To mark this momentous occasion, Verisign, the operator of the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains including .net and .com, pulled together 15 facts about .net, which go as follows:

15 Facts About .net:

1: Almost 139,000 domains registered in other top-level domains (TLDs) immediately forward to the same name, but as a .net site.

2: The first domain name to ever exist was a .net. While the first domain name to be registered was the now famous, it is a lesser known fact that the very first domain name ever to exist was was created by the registry with the same name as the first Internet rootserver ( later went on to be the first domain name to go through the full registration process.

3: Due to its unique status .net is not among the six other original generic top-level-domains in RFC920, the document which outlines the original domain name conventions. It was still created on the same day as the others though – 1/1/1985.

4: Today the .net zone sits over 15 million registered domains, roughly 10 times more than in the year 2000 when there were about 1.5 million registered.

5: The .net zone has doubled in size since 2006.

6: In 2012, the average character length of .net domain names created was 12 characters.

7: As social media grows in popularity, a trend of registering domain names and pointing them to social media accounts is emerging; most notably on Facebook. As of March 2013, 6,503 .net domain names pointed to Facebook. This is up from 5,039 in March 2012. That’s almost a 23% annual growth rate.

8: Approximately half of the 15 million .net domains registered today are registered within the United States.

9: .net domain names are hosted in more than 200 countries worldwide.

10: Almost half (48%) of the .net domains registered in India have e-commerce functionality on their sites.

11: A single .net domain name can be registered in as many as 350 different native languages thanks to internationalized-domain-names (IDNs). IDNs make the Internet more globally accessible and functional by enabling domain names in non-ASCII characters.

12: Verisign applied for three transliterations of .net in Hangul, Simplified Chinese, and Devanagari last year through ICANN’s new gTLD program.

13: The percentage of the total base of .net domain names that are registered in Japan (2.51%) is almost twice that of the percentage of the total base of .com domains that are registered in Japan (1.43%).

14: DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) adds security to the DNS. Compared to .com, .net has almost double the percentage of DNSSEC enabled domains today.

15: Today, more than 99.9% of 6+ character .net domain names are available.

To learn more about .net and see if the domain name you want is available, visit

Domain New Products News Wordpress Users Can Now Register .CO Domain Names at $25/year today announced via a blog post that it has added .CO as a new top-level domain to its Custom Domains. .CO will now be available for WordPress users at $25/year. Other TLD options available at WordPress.Com are .ME,.COM, .NET and  .ORG.

Existing WordPress users can  register a .CO domain name directly from their dashboard. Private Registration for domain purchase will cost an additional $8.

Interested new users have to signup at’s signup page first, fill out their details on the form and then  register a .CO domain name  from their dashboard.

WordPress.COM - .CO Domains

” A .CO domain name is short and memorable, making it a great option for your website or blog,”   Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Editor, in an official blog post.

Earlier this month, Domain marketplace and monetization provider Sedo released a report titled “.CO Market Report: A Look Back at Three Years of .CO on the Domain Name Market”, which showed significant growth and success of the .CO domain extension within three years of  its launch.

Here is more information on how to register .CO Domains via