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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The Windows 8 roaming account options have been revealed, and it seems if you link your Windows account to your Windows Live account you can look forward to taking your desktop wallpaper, accessibility and language settings, application settings and search settings and also taskbar, explorer and mouse settings to any new computer. Users will also be able to take their saved WIFI and website credentials with them, meaning your saved passwords will travel with you from computer to computer. Combined with Office 365 and its cloud storage, it means for many scenarios users will be able to go from computer to computer with each one being near identical to the last. The settings will also be sensitive to network speed and cost, which is pretty considerate. Read more istartedsomething.com. ...

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This is a repost from my personal blog. Just thought many readers may be interested to see how Windows applications will look if it was designed under Metro Design after the recent Office 15 image leaks. The images posted under are just concepts. Microsoft recently announced their final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011. There were no significant changes apart from Photo Gallery Navigation bar, Windows Live Sync renamed into Windows Live Mesh. All the applications of the suite have been Ribbonised. How about Metro Inspired theme for Windows Live Essentials? MML has posted few concepts found on Deviant Art. They are simply Awesome. Take a look at these.. The man who made all these.Even his profile display is inspired by metro.. ...

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Via LiveSide.net we learn that the new Windows 8 explorer will feature the ability to sync and share files to the web directly,  using SkyDrive and Windows Live. The leaked screen shot of explorer also shows that Windows 8 will use the same ribbons as the latest versions of Office and Windows Live. Windows 8 will feature log-on using Windows Live, and other Windows Live integration, finally making sense of the name, and likely boosting the mindshare of the already popular service tremendously.  We would speculate that the end of supervision by the Justice Department is what finally allows these sensible changed to take place. Read more about the recent Windows 8 developments at LiveSide.net here. ...

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One of the innovations Microsoft added to IE9 is support for notifications in websites pinned to the task bar. Facebook and Ebay already supports this, and now finally one of Microsoft’s highest profile properties, Hotmail, is also getting support for this feature. To get desktop notifications for new email on your taskbar without installing any additional software one simply need to sign in to Hotmail in IE9, go to your Inbox and drag the Hotmail tab from the address bar in IE down to the taskbar, and drop it there. The Jump List on the Pinned site of course also gives quick and easy access to shortcuts for composing a new email, your calendar and contacts. Windows Live Hotmail is the world’s largest web-based email service with nearly 364 million users, far ahead of rivals Yahoo! Mail (280 million) and Gmail (191 million). Read more about IE9 and Hotmail together ...

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Its easy to forget Windows Live is the biggest IM network in the world, with over 300 million users. Facebook however everyone has heard of, and it will serve as a bit of a reminder of WLM’s scale that it is now the 2nd biggest app on the massive social network, only second to CityVille from Zynga and ahead of the notorious Farmville. Even better, according to  AppData stats collected by newsgrange.com while WLM is on its way up, adding 300,000 over the last week, CityVille is on its way down, losing almost 600,000 users over the same period. Windows Live Messenger integrates with Facebook, allowing Facebook chat access and also updates with a much better interface than available on the website itself. Hopefully the ascendancy of the app will remind others that Microsoft still has a very relevant product. Via theNextweb.com ...

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