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A History...

Pinnula was born in 2006 in response to my (Christophe Lavalle) desire of share informations what I owned about Microsoft's products/technologies with worldwide users. I was participating in many beta programs of official products/technologies such as Windows Client and Server, Office and Windows Live products.

logo key dates:

  • May 2006:
    Birth Pinnula through news about products published by Microsoft.
  • June 2007:
    • Launch of version 2 offering a new experience at the UI.
  • February 2009:
    • Launch of version 3 with more than a year of reflection and hesitation with the birth of the weekly newsletter.
  • September 2009:
    • Launch of Version 4 giving rise to the forums, improving the download and existing services. The site is now completely developed using ASP.NET 3.5 technology!
  • September 2009:
    • Launch version 4 beta 1 inaugurating a new graphical user interface and improving existing services and overall performance. The site is now completely developed using ASP.NET 3.5 technology!
  • February 2011:
    • Launch version 4 beta 2 bringing a total overhaul of the news part and adding user accounts, needed for comment news now.
  • September 2011:
    • Migration to the new platform entirely developped in-house has completely finished. The public part was already migrated since february 2011 but the administration and the data were still on the old architecture. The news will now raining!

From September 2006 to September 2011, following my involvement (Christophe Lavalle) on Pinnula, Microsoft decided to give me the MSP status: Microsoft Student Partner. It is presented by Microsoft as:

Who are the MSP?

The title of Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) rewards and encourages students demonstrating an exceptional commitment and expertise around Microsoft products or technologies. is also referenced by Microsoft since April 2007 on their portal as an online partner community around their products.

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The information sharing continued on a daily basis until 2014, when I decided to invest in the development of an application for Windows called Dynamic Theme. This application allows you to easily use the daily Bing and Windows Spotlight pictures as wallpaper or lock screen. It is also possible to download them for future use. This popular application continues to be regularly updated and evolve.

In 2022, based on users feedback and choices by the Microsoft Store team, Microsoft has awarded the Dynamic Theme application with: "Microsoft Store App Awards 2022 - Community Choice Finalist in the Open Platform category".

In early 2023, the historical portal (news) is archived and the transition to is completed. The most visible element is a new modernized graphic UI. This was an opportunity to rework certain foundations such as the management of user accounts, in order to pave the way for a few surprises that are in the works (whether for the Dynamic Theme application, and others)!

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