Review Category : Windows Live

I’m in a meeting right now talking about a possible future for Windows Live Writer. I think 20k RTs of this would help. — Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) June 12, 2014 Windows Live Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service. With Writer, you can preview everything you’re adding to your blog, and see exactly how the fonts, spacing, colors, and images will look, before you publish. It’s fast and easy to make photos and videos look great on your blog. You can even create a photo album—just select the style you want and Writer takes care of the rest. Writer is already packed with useful features, but if you like to tinker, there are all sorts of plug-ins you can add to help you do even more. It was part of Windows Live Essentials suite from Microsoft. Microsoft stopped further developing this tool ...

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We already have a cloud platform from Microsoft called Azure. Thousands of organizations and developers are already building and deploying their apps on this service. A new job listing has revealed that Microsoft is developing a new product in which they will offer Windows as a Service. 1st and 3rd party service providers can also build on this Windows as a Service. Even though this sounds similar to what Azure is offering right now, I guess this could be consumer version of Windows offered as a service. We are a team focused on developing services that will power Microsoft’s ability to offer Windows as a Service. You will help will build the software platform that allow 1st and 3rd party service providers to onboard their services on to the Microsoft’s new consumer membership program. You will prototype and develop services that connect partners with consumers to offer an integrated Microsoft ...

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Back in the late 90’s, Instant Messaging was a big thing in the internet. AOL’s AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo, and ICQ were the big players in the market. In 1997, Microsoft acquired Hotmail, one of the most popular e-mail service. By seeing the popularity of the instant messengers, Microsoft decided to enter the market with MSN Messenger by allowing every Hotmail user be able to log on to Messenger with a Hotmail address and password as seamlessly as possible. Along with that plan, Microsoft decided to include AIM log-in option to allow millions of users to instantly connect with each other. Obviously, AOL didn’t allow Microsoft to get access to their system and Microsoft decided to break through it. Microsoft decided to reverse engineer AOL’s chat protocol and implemented the integration. A developer at MSN Messenger at that time has now shared his work on how everyday they used to decode AOL’s protocol ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming commenting system in Office Web Apps. You can now share your document from your desktop on SkyDrive and allow anyone to add comments directly to the document. They just need a browser to do that and all the comments people make are stored along with the document. So when you download it to your desktop again and open it, all your comments will be right there. You can now even reply to any comments. Read more about it at the source link below. You can try  out this stuff by joining the preview.   Source: Office Blog   ...

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Microsoft today announced the new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are still part of the Windows Live Essentials suite which also included Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Mail and SkyDrive (Replaces Live Mesh). The new Movie Maker and Photo Gallery includes some key improvements which are described below. Movie Maker: Video Stabilization: Sometimes the video we take is just little too shaky; especially as we take more and more videos using our phones and smaller video cameras. Movie Maker has taken advantage of new technology in Windows 8 to smooth out your wobbly videos. Just select the shaky video and choose from a variety Video stabilization options and Movie Maker will smooth it out. Music: The one thing that can really make a difference in a movie is the soundtrack. But it can be ...

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Microsoft is progressing on the way to incorporate Metro design language in all of its products, right from Xbox to Windows Server. Microsoft’s web properties such as SkyDrive, Hotmail, Messenger, etc, are also going to get Metro face lift soon. Liveside today posted a bunch of screenshots of SkyDrive and Web Messenger services in Metro design. Here are the new things they noticed, You can now select files and folders in thumbnail view. Before this you could only select files and folders and perform actions on them in details view. SkyDrive now shows thumbnail previews of Office documents. Windows Live Groups is now part of SkyDrive. Visiting http://groups.live.com will redirect you to SkyDrive.com’s Group page (as shown in screenshots below). SkyDrive options, such as managing storage, people tagging, and Office document formats, can now be found in one place. Previously all of these options are scattered across Windows Live options ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new Mail app that will come with Windows 8. The new Mail app designed for Windows 8 allows us to manage all our emails at one place. The new mail app comes with support for the following, Multiple Accounts Folders Commands – Support  for both touch, keyboard & mouse. Reading Pane Windows 8 Snap View Windows 8 Live Tiles Windows 8 Notifications Windows 8 Secondary Tiles Windows 8 Print Contract Windows 8 Share Contract Windows 8 Lock Screen Notifications Similar to the People hub which Microsoft detailed yesterday, Mail app is de-coupled from the Windows OS and you will see updates for the app often. You can read more about them at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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This was one of the long requested features to Microsoft SkyDrive team. When you share a file in SkyDrive earlier, you will get a long link which would not even fit inside a tweet. Today, Microsoft announced a custom short URL for SkyDrive sharing links powered by Bitly, sdrv.ms. When you click get link option as above, you have an option to shorten it. Also Microsoft has added OpenGraph support to URLs so that when you paste them into places like Facebook, a thumbnail preview gets generated which makes it look cool. Another feature power users may find it useful will be this, Since bitly powers the shortener, you also get great power features. For example, you can add a ‘+’ to the end of any short URL to see statistics. You can also generate a QR code for that URL by appending ’.qrcode’ to that URL. Read more on it here.  ...

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The Metro Design language is quickly spreading across various product groups in Microsoft. We have seen them in upcoming Windows 8, Windows Server versions as well. Now even Microsoft’s Windows Live web services will be redesigned with Metro design. Windows Live services include Hotmail,SkyDrive, Calender, People, etc,. As we already have Metro versions of these services in Windows 8, we won’t be surprised if Microsoft carries forward the same to web versions as well. Check out the image leaked by technoblog above. Source: Liveside.net ...

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The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90’s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today Microsoft detailed the SkyDrive integration coming in Windows 8. SkyDrive, the personal storage service from Microsoft  is becoming the personal cloud of the users in Microsoft eco-system. Windows Phone devices already has SkyDrive integration along with dedicated app as well. Microsoft details the following three things in the post, SkyDrive Metro style app on Windows 8 SkyDrive files integrated into Windows Explorer on the desktop, and The ability to fetch remote files through SkyDrive.com Microsoft also said that over the next several months we will have access to all of the things announced today and lots more to come on SkyDrive front as well. Source: Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

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Microsoft is testing a new replacement for the traditional banner ads in the Hotmail service. The display ads will be replaced by local deals which the user may be interested in. In an interview with Marketing Land, Dharmesh Mehta, Director for the Windows and Windows Live Business Group is confident that users will feel less distracting and less creepy. Its testing tested in few cities and may be expanded to all in the future. From Marketing land on deal content, The new deals ads will be initially targeted by country, language, age and gender. However Microsoft might allow users to select categories of interest later on. I asked Mehta about the deal sources Microsoft is using. He said that some were sourced by Microsoft directly and some are aggregated from partners. The business models and the way Microsoft gets paid also probably vary accordingly. The company said it will be ...

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  Microsoft today announced the availability of Kindle Fire application for Hotmail. The new app will bring regular Hotmail features based on Exchange ActiveSync to Kindle Fire. Microsoft also released some stats on the other Hotmail apps on iOS and Android.  There are over 12 million active Hotmail users on iOS and over 3 million active users of our Android application. Read more at Hotmail team blog. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the digital identity management improvements that’s coming with Windows 8. Everyday we use handful of websites that leads us to maintain atleast 10 different username/password combinations. There are efforts to reduce this overhead such as Facebook login API, OpenID, Windows Live ID API, etc,. But Windows 8 is trying to solve this problem in a different way that is more secure than the other online identity provider’s attempts. Windows 8 will allow you to store your username and passwords in a secure manner. The first is by providing a way to automatically store and retrieve multiple account names and passwords for all the websites and applications you use, and do so in a protected manner. Internet Explorer 10 uses ...

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Last month Microsoft Hotmail announced a bunch of new features targeting power users. The update is now rolling out to more number of users. You can just login to Hotmail Web interface and check whether you got the new Hotmail or not. One of the interesting feature coming with this update is the new flagging system. Hotmail has made a simple and elegant change to the way flags work. Now when you flag an email, three things happen: It immediately moves to the top of your Inbox It is marked as flagged, just like before It shows up in the Flagged Quick View, just like before You can read what’s new in the Hotmail here. Thanks to Vinod for the tip. ...

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Agari is a startup that is working on providing global brands with the tools needed to proactively guard brand reputation, eliminate email threats, protect customers, and prevent the loss of sensitive data. Generally they work to prevent phishing emails from internet. They get metadata from messages of all major email service providers including Microsoft Hotmail and indicate phishing attacks to its partners. From CNET, “Facebook can go into the Agari console and see charts and graphs of all the activity going on in their e-mail channel (on their domains and third-party solutions) and see when an attack is going on in a bar chart of spam hitting Yahoo,” for instance, Daniel Raskin, vice president of marketing for Agari, told CNET in an interview. “They receive a real-time alert and they can construct a policy to push out to carriers (that says) when you see this thing happening don’t deliver it, ...

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