Review Category : Windows Live

Microsoft today announced load of new features to its SkyDrive online storage service. The updates are around new file management, HTML5 file uploading, simple sharing, support for new file types and more. Performance improvements were also done with this update, Many actions now happen inline (such as upload, delete, copy, move, rename, share, and create). We preload more resources when you’re typing your username and password before logging in. This makes it faster to view and edit Office docs. Signing in to SkyDrive is about 50% faster. On pdf support, In this release, when you click a PDF, we load it using whatever available PDF viewer your browser supports. This means that on IE, Firefox and Safari, PDFs will load in the browser if you have Adobe Acrobat installed. On Chrome, PDFs will load using Chrome’s native PDF viewer. You can read more on this here. ...

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Microsoft Office team today announced the update for OneNote 2010 which further improved the SkyDrive integration. Following are the new features/fixes in the new update available from Windows update. 1) After you’ve applied the OneNote update, the new Open from the Web feature becomes available. To use this feature, click the File tab on the ribbon and then click Open.  While you’re signed in to your SkyDrive account, you’ll see on the right side of the screen a list of any notebooks on SkyDrive that are not currently open in OneNote 2010. With a single click, you can now open any of these notebooks without first having to manually navigate to the SkyDrive website. 2) When the update has been applied to OneNote 2010, you’ll no longer see the Errors tab in the Shared Notebook Synchronization dialog box. The updated sync interface has a unified appearance that shows you synchronization progress, status, and any errors that may have occurred during synchronization ...

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Today Hotmail team detailed the upcoming features in Hotmail that helps us to better manage our email load. They claim that “Hotmail gets flags right”, you may agree with them by seeing what’s coming in Hotmail in next few weeks. 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 Here’s a peek at my Inbox, with a few messages flagged: The flagged emails are right at the top of my Inbox where I can find them easily. Unflagging a message makes it go back to where it came from in the message list, and it’s easy to flag or unflag a message just by clicking on the flag icon ...

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Today Microsoft detailed the upcoming update to Next-gen Hotmail service. There’s huge list of features, you can find them in detail here. Along with the update to its web client, Microsoft announced the availability of Hotmail app for Android devices. The app features the following, -With push email get messages on your phone without delay - Synced calendar and contacts - View your folders in Hotmail, including sub folders - Send pictures from your phone using Hotmail - Supports multiple Hotmail accounts - Send, receive and view attachments You can download the app here. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming changes to Hotmail Wave 5 update in an event held in US. Following are some of the features, the new Hotmail which will roll out from today will have, 1) Categories / Labelling system: Finally you will be able to label group of messages/senders into a category. You can make a category for newsletters for example. 2) Instant Actions pane : This will appear next to each message when you hover over that allows you to perform various actions such as sweep, delete,etc. 3) Flagging: Similar to Outlook now users can flag messages. 4) Sweep schedule: You can now sweep folders such as “clean all messages older than 10 days” ,etc. 5) Improved SkyDrive integration in sending attachments and more. You can find more about them with screenshots of each features here and here. ...

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Microsoft is a company that deeply cares about your privacy more than anything. Microsoft Advertising uses user’s personal data to target advertisements that relate to them. But they do that in a transparent manner. Just to show how transparent are they, visit this website. You can see what data they use to place relevant ads for you. They don’t sneak into your personal data like email to place ads. Take a look at the screenshot of the dashboard above, First they make use of your profile details which you can always update through profile.live.com. In the my data tab as seen above, you can see your past Bing searches which Microsoft used for ads, again you can delete them anytime. You can select your edit your topics of interest to have more personalized ads. Under the My Choices tab, you can just opt-out of the whole personalized advertising in single click. ...

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According to reports from Businessweek, Microsoft has filed a complaint against Google to FTC regarding unfair advertising rates. Google is already under scanner by senate regarding unfair business practices and adding Microsoft’s complaint will further make the case stronger against Google. Microsoft’s complaint as follows, Microsoft first complained in September 2007 that Google drastically raised the rate for an ad for Windows Live, a predecessor to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, one of the main rivals to Google’s Internet search, according to the person familiar with the matter. The cost increased to $5 per mouse click from 10 cents a click for placing a Windows Live ad next to search results for the word “hotmail,” Microsoft’s e-mail product, according to the person. Google told Microsoft at the time that the rate increased because users who clicked on the ad were directed to a low- quality website, according to the person. The ...

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On September-8, Microsoft enterprise services such as Office 365, etc and Windows Live services such as Hotmail and SkyDrive suffered from outage for many users. The service was restored to normal in less than 4 hours. Microsoft then told that service interruption was caused to due to DNS problems and they are investigating the root cause of the system. Today they explained the reason behind the outage, We determined the cause to be a corrupted file in Microsoft’s DNS service.  The file corruption was a result of two rare conditions occurring at the same time.  The first condition is related to how the load balancing devices in the DNS service respond to a malformed input string (i.e., the software was unable to parse an incorrectly constructed line in the configuration file). The second condition was related to how the configuration is synchronized across the DNS service to ensure all client requests ...

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One of the issues which has prevented the wide use of Live features like SkyDive was poor or absent APIs for 3rd party developers, leading to the rise of alternate services like Dropbox which embraced developers. That is now set to change, with Microsoft announcing Live Connect at BUILD yesterday. The new SDK is based on the REST APIs for Windows Live and will provide 3rd party developers access to: SkyDrive: There are billions of photos and documents stored by millions of users in SkyDrive today. You can integrate users’ photos, videos and documents into your experiences with Live Connect. You can enable scenarios such as: Access to Photos: Connect your app, device or site to SkyDrive to let users upload, view, share or print photos from within your experience Access to Documents: Connect your app, device or site to SkyDrive to let users open, save, access, and share documents from within your ...

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The day one of BUILD Windows conference is over. Here is the quick summary of what happened there, Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage for the keynote. With little background of Windows 7,  Steven introduced Windows 8. Windows 8 is Windows reimagined. Windows 8 PC’s will have no compromise on any aspect of a PC. Windows 8′s core UI experience is shown. Windows 8 will sport new start screen with Live Tiles. Users can customize Live Tiles, rearrange them, group them, rename the groups,etc,. Windows 8 will have new Lock screen with picture based password support. Gesture support and multitasking on Windows 8 was shown. Metro Style apps will take full screen always and suspended when moved away from screen. New control panel for Metro UI with access to commonly used settings. User can switch back and forth between Windows 32 app and Metro Style app anytime. User can ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the availability of update to Windows Live Essentials. Apart from full SSL support in Windows Live Mail, the update includes bug fixes, performance improvements across the whole suite of apps. Here are the changes, Mail: We fixed a sorting issue in the Sent items folder and improved the upload reliability and instrumentation in Photo mail. Messenger: We fixed a couple of stability issues and made various changes for improved voice and video quality. We fixed an issue that was causing sound to be lost after upgrading, and we improved performance when displaying the MSN Today page in the main window. Photo Gallery: We implemented various bug fixes for crashes related to launching Photo Gallery through Autoplay and facial recognition. And more: We made many other usability, performance, and stability improvements across the suite of Windows Live Essentials apps.   The update will be available for download from ...

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Microsoft Office offered document collaboration through co-authoring support in Office 2010. You can also use Sharepoint server for document collaboration. Today Office Web Apps announced the availability of co-authoring  support in Office Web Apps too. You don’t need an Office 2010 Windows app to collaborate documents among different authors. We designed co-authoring in the Word Web App on SkyDrive accordingly: When you’re co-authoring, you always have a real time view into who is making changes and where these changes are occurring. As soon as you begin typing, the corresponding section of the document is locked and others are notified, placing you in control and freeing others from distraction. Contributors can hit “save” at any time to see an updated view of all changes. For more details on the update, visit Office Web Apps blog and Windows Live blog. ...

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Windows Live team detailed their efforts they did recently to speed up Hotmail for the users. When you are using Hotmail on the web using a browser, you may have experienced delay in opening a mail or deleting a mail, etc. That won’t be the case anymore, thanks to latest browsers like IE9 and their HTML5 support. Here are some of the improvements in Hotmail made behind the scenes, Caching The old Hotmail requested fresh data from the server every time it was needed. For instance, when you signed in to the inbox, Hotmail would ask the server for the latest message list. When you opened and then closed a message, we would make you wait while we asked the server for the message list again. Similarly, if you opened that same message again, we would make you wait while we retrieved the message. Pre-loading Our analysis of usage patterns ...

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We all know that Windows Live Wave 5 is under development, yet there is no word on its release date from Microsoft. From the past week, many new features are starting to appear for users around the globe. First is the updated header, which now has links only to Hotmail, Skydrive and Messenger, leaving out Photos. Second in Hotmail, there is a new options page with a feature to turn on preload messages for faster access. I tried it myself and found a noticable increase in speed of message display. Third in Hotmail, there is new option “Mark As” –> “My Friend Has Been Hacked” to notify Microsoft on hacked accounts. Nice updates right? via: Liveside ...

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Windows Live team today announced their upcoming update for their Windows Live Developer Platform. Messenger Connect will support more modern protocol and tighter integrations with various services, Messenger Connect is now evolving to provide: OAuth 2.0, the modern web authorization standard •We now support OAuth 2.0, making it easier to integrate Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive using a standard authentication protocol used by other web platforms like Facebook and Google across the web. Single sign-on and new Hotmail Calendar access •Single sign-on: When users have already signed in with their Windows Live ID from Hotmail, SkyDrive, MSN.com, or elsewhere, they won’t have to re-enter their credentials when they come to your site. •Hotmail Calendar: Applications can now programmatically insert appointments into the user’s calendar. Improved user experience on the desktop and mobile web •We’ve revamped the way users give access to applications by being more explicit about each permission the user is ...

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Name of the Service Windows Live/Zune iCloud Music Storage/Streaming Zune Music/SkyDrive iTunes in the Cloud Photos Sync SkyDrive Photostream Apps Sync Available Available Books Sync Not Available Available Documents Sync Available Available Online Backup Available* Available Mail Available Available Contacts Available Available Calendar Available Available   Apple announced its internet services brand iCloud yesterday at its WWDC. Many Apple folks thought iCloud as Apple’s innovative product, to put that thoughts aside, here is my comparison of Apple’s iCloud with Microsoft’s Windows Live. One can extend this to Google’s services in Android as well. Take a look at the table above, 1)Music Storage/Streaming: iTunes in the Cloud: With iCloud, the music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on all your devices. You can also download your past iTunes purchases. Zune/SkyDrive: Zune allows you to listen to millions of music if you have Zune pass subscription, otherwise you can download songs you ...

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