Microsoft CodePlex adds 'Windows Live ID, Download Page Ads,' and more features

Microsoft users will now be able to log in to CodePlex using their Windows Live ID accounts. Hawley indicated:“Next time you visit the login screen, you’ll see a “Sign In” button at top. Once that button is clicked, you’ll be redirected to Windows Live ID to authenticate. Upon successfully authenticating, you’ll be redirected back to […]

Microsoft users will now be able to log in to CodePlex using their Windows Live ID accounts. Hawley indicated:

  • “Next time you visit the login screen, you’ll see a “Sign In” button at top. Once that button is clicked, you’ll be redirected to Windows Live ID to authenticate. Upon successfully authenticating, you’ll be redirected back to CodePlex. When you return to CodePlex, you’ll be prompted to login with your CodePlex credentials to associate your Windows Live ID account to your CodePlex account.”
  • CodePlex also delivers changes to ads that project owners can associate with their project pages via The Lounge. “With this release, we enabled a new feature that dramatically increase the ad revenue for project owners to better support their project. When a user downloads any file from a release, they’ll be taken to a page displaying two 300 x 250 pixel ads while the file’s downloading. Download page only applies to projects where the project owner has decided to include ads on their project,” Hawley explained.
  • “Also made few minor changes to Mercurial hosting. We upgraded server software to version 1.5. We’re always using canonical URLs for repositories. Fork clone URLs are displayed as clickable links. Downloading and browsing latest source code will always use most recent change set from the 'default' branch,” Hawley added.
  • Also introduced a “Search Term Suggestions popup” after typing 4 characters, you’ll be presented with a listing of terms other users’ve searched for. You can then use either your mouse or the up/down arrow keys to select one of these existing search terms.
  • Another change involves syntax highlighting support for PowerShell scripts. According to Microsoft, PowerShell support has been introduced for the source code browser, wiki, but also the code syntax selection associated with discussion lists

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