Contents tagged with Windows Live

  • Re-enabling creation of Linked IDs

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 19 2011, 8:15 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

    Today we are beginning to re-enable the ability to create new Linked IDs. This change is rolling out in the next couple days and should be complete this week.

    For some customers – particularly power users – you’ve told us that it’s essential to be able to juggle multiple accounts. Over the last year we’ve added several powerful new ways to do this – specifically aliases and email aggregation (“POP aggregation), on top of existing features like “plus addresses”. Each of these is a great solution designed to help a different scenario:

    • Aliases and plus addresses are a great way to create unique email addresses – great to manage a particular event (shopping for a car or planning wedding for example) or to manage mail from marketing sites.
    • Email aggregation is a great way to take multiple accounts from different email providers and consolidate them all in your Hotmail inbox.

    As we have made these changes, we looked at how most people use Linked IDs and found that, for the most part, they were used to solve exactly these problems – managing multiple email addresses and accounts. In our major update last month, one of the things we did is turn off the ability to create new Linked IDs, instead encouraging use of our new features. However it became clear from listening to your feedback that there were many people who used Linked IDs for other reasons, and so we are making a change today to re-enable the creation of Linked IDs.

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  • Windows Live Mesh reaches 5 million connected devices

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 3 2011, 6:51 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

    Today, we’re excited to announce an important milestone: Windows Live Mesh has now connected 5 million devices, with over 3 million users syncing 2.2 petabytes to the cloud. Windows Live Mesh was released on September 30th, 2010 and joined SkyDrive, a service already used by 70 million customers, as a core component of Microsoft’s consumer cloud strategy.

    This marks an important moment in the steady transition to a world where people will use a blend of cloud services & PC-based apps together. As a company, we believe this trend will continue as people seek a personal balance in how they manage their data across multiple devices and services.

    This is in contrast to those who believe that it’s a cloud-only world and that everything should and will live online. It’s a simple idea, but our customers tell us they want a choice in what works best for them.

    To deliver this choice, our consumer cloud strategy is focused in three parts:

    1. Offering world-class email and chat services with Hotmail and Messenger that connect to services like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and over 75 other websites around the world
    2. Providing a great platform for others to build on, including Microsoft services like Xbox, Office, and Windows Phone 7
    3. Connecting Windows to the cloud with Windows Live Essentials
    To the cloud! Full Story At Source


  • Microsoft moving ahead with new Live services, platform for the living room

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 18 2011, 9:08 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

    Microsoft has many, varied platforms across the company. There’s the Windows platform, the .Net platform, the Xbox platform, the Silverlight platform, etc. But did you know there’s also a Microsoft “Living Room Platform”?

    The Living Room platform seems, unsurprisingly, to be centered around Xbox and Xbox Live. It’s Microsoft’s platform for “multi-device entertainment,” according to a job posting I found this week.

    “Our group’s mission is to enable applications and experiences to span multiple screens, including but not limited to the TV. We are a new team that is moving from incubation/startup into production,” the post said.

    From what I’ve heard, Treadwell’s ISS Platform team is designed to bring togehter software and services engineering teams throughout IEB into a single entity. This team is said to be charged with creating a unified systems and devices infrastructure, dev/creation tools, unified security/identity system and some service implementations for specific devices for the expanding Xbox Live ecosystem.

    If I’m reading the career-site tea leaves correctly, the Zune music/video service and the Zune digital-media marketplace may fit in here.

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  • Windows Live Sync to be named Windows Live Mesh

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 28 2010, 7:56 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

    In June, we announced that as part of Windows Live Essentials beta, we brought together two programs, Windows Live Sync and the Live Mesh beta, into one: Windows Live Sync beta. We focused on four things with our beta release:

    • Making it easy to access the PCs you use from anywhere
    • Getting your files and folders on the PCs you use regularly
    • Giving you enough space to sync your most important files and folders to the cloud
    • Providing simple document collaboration over the web using SkyDrive

    Renaming Windows Live Sync to Windows Live Mesh In our beta release, we brought the best of Windows Live Sync and Live Mesh together. With the addition of remote access and cloud storage, we understand that the new program does more than sync files.  So following the beta period, we’ll be using the name Windows Live Mesh going forward, which we feel best reflects our broader goal of allowing you to access your stuff across your devices.

    List of missing files in a synced folder More cloud storage We continue to see that the primary way customers are syncing files is between their different PCs (or Macs). And we will continue to make it easy to sync virtually unlimited amounts of data between your PCs. When syncing files to the cloud, beta participants get 2 GB of synced cloud storage. Only 2% of these participants are using more than 1.5 GB. However, Live Mesh offers 5 GB, and while only a small number of Live Mesh customers use all their space, we want to ease migration and increase the online storage limit from 2 GB to 5 GB.

    Performance and quality improvements We’ve made several performance updates to Windows Live Mesh in response to your requests that will provide noticeable improvements to your experience. We worked on cutting the application load time in half and made syncing large numbers of folders and adding multiple devices to a sync folder faster. We’ve optimized both memory and CPU usage during sync activity as well as decreased CPU consumption by as much as 30% when Windows Live Mesh is idle.

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  • Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta refresh

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 18 2010, 11:00 PM. Posted in Windows Live.

    Today we’re releasing an update to Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta. One of the main reasons we release betas is to allow early adopters to enjoy our products and provide feedback on their experience. First, we want to say thank you for your help. For Messenger alone, we had over 3 million unique users, 3.5 million updates to display pictures, 6.2 million video calls, and 7.6 million updates to status messages.

    Your beta feedback and usage has helped shape the many improvements we’ve made and continue to make across Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Mail, and Family Safety. Today I’d like to summarize some of the more visible changes you’ll see in today’s update, and we’ll follow up with more details in later posts.

    Performance and quality of service improvements

    Facebook chat in Messenger

    Quick previews and improved tree view in Photo Gallery
    Flickr video publishing and Snapshot in Movie Maker

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    Download here Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta

  • Microsoft readies Beta 2 of Windows Live Essentials 2011

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 12 2010, 5:55 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

    Microsoft is preparing to deliver a second beta of the next version of its Windows Live Essentials suite next week.

    That’s the word from blogger Francisco Martin Garcia, who posted about the coming beta on his blog on August 11. (Garcia’s had a good track record on predicting Microsoft delivery dates for various consumer wares.) Enthusiast site Neowin also is reporting the second beta will hit next week, naming Tuesday, August 18 as the likely delivery date. I am hearing the 18th is Microsoft’s target for the beta, as well.

    According to Garcia, the new beta will incorporate new icons, new features and many bug fixes. He didn’t specify any of those features or fixes. One fix I’m personally hoping for is to remedy whatever is kept Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 Beta 1 from working on my Windows 7 PC. I got it to work twice but then kept receiving messages telling me the service was unavailable. When I did log in, Messenger froze my PC. Microsoft officials didn’t have a suggested fix for me, so I’m back to the Wave 3 Live Messenger for now.

    Microsoft officials haven’t said when to expect the company to launch the final version of Live Essentials 2011/Wave 4. Originally it was expected this summer, but fall is now looking more likely.

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  • Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone passes one million downloads!

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 30 2010, 6:07 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

    In just 5 days, over one million people downloaded the Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone that launched last week!  This early momentum is fantastic, and we really appreciate the feedback we’ve been getting from many of you.  We look forward to updating the iPhone app shortly to address a few issues that users have pointed out, and continuing to improve the experience.  

    While Messenger for iPhone is relatively new, for many connecting with Messenger friends on your mobile phone is not new.  In addition to the more than one million iPhone Messenger users, there are over 24 million people who connect with Messenger friends from other mobile phones through a client application, their phone’s browser, or SMS.  Along with Messenger Connect, Messenger IM in Hotmail, and the coming integration with Xbox LIVE, the new iPhone app is just one more way that we are bringing Messenger to you across the web and on your phone. 

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  • Announcing the new Windows Live Essentials beta!

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 24 2010, 6:41 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

    Tomorrow, hot on the heels of the Hotmail roll-out, the new Windows Live Essentials becomes available for public beta testing. Windows Live Essentials beta requires Windows Vista or Windows 7, and is available in English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, or Spanish.  As soon as the beta goes live tomorrow (we’ll update this blog post when it does), you'll be able to get it from here.

    Download Windows Live Essentials Beta As previously announced, this release of Essentials is focused on two things: connecting Windows 7 to the cloud services you already use, and making everyday tasks simpler, so that you can do more on your PC.

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  • Getting ready for Windows Live Wave 4

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 22 2010, 4:46 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

    Over the last few months, we’ve focused this blog on our current software and services – how we build them and how they're used around the world. We’ve also talked about trends we’ve observed both in the use of our services and in our research with customers. Today marks the point where we shift the focus of our blog from our current services to our next major release – known internally as “Wave 4.”

    For several months now, we’ve had several thousand people running regular builds of this code inside Microsoft, and we’ll shortly begin expanding this testing to some folks outside Microsoft for additional feedback.

    We will then roll out updates to our web services, followed by betas of our software for Windows PCs, Macs, and phones. Our approach is to release betas to the public once we think the build is in pretty good shape, learn through beta usage data and beta user feedback, and make additional refinements that eventually become the final release. Of course, we’ll continue to update the service as we see how you use it every day and hear from you about what’s working and what needs improvement.

    Windows Live Messenger logo      Windows Live Hotmail logo      Windows Live Essentials logo

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  • Windows Live for Windows Phone

    Posted by bink on January 11 2010, 4:16 PM. Posted in Windows Mobile, Windows Live.

    Now  you can stay connected to those that matter most with Windows Live™ for Windows® phone. Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail®, Photos and the “What’s New” feed are now all available on your 6.x Windows® phone. Windows Live™ for Windows® phone (Pro) is for use with a touch phone.

    Alternatively you can browse to using Internet Explorer on your device to install using direct download.

    Version: 10.7.0061.0500

    Windows Live for Windows® phone (Pro)

    Windows Live for Windows® phone (Std)

  • Inside Windows Live

    Posted by vasudev on December 19 2009, 12:20 PM. Posted in Windows Live.


    Engineering is a process, with trial and error, analysis, weighing of pros and cons, planning for the unexpected, and discovering unexpected issues along the way. It’s exciting precisely because we’re always learning as we go.

    I want to welcome you to our new blog, which is about just that: the engineering behind Windows Live.

    Over the last year, we’ve consolidated our blogging efforts for all of the different Windows Live teams into a single blog, Windows Live team blog (or “Windows Live Wire”), so you wouldn't have to chase all over the web find out what we’re up to and what’s new in our products. But as we’ve brought the different blogs together, some of you let us know that you wanted to see more details about not only what we’re building, but why and how.

    This blog, Inside Windows Live, is where we’ll do that.

    The posts here are intended to complement those on the Windows Live team blog, which will continue to provide Windows Live customers with essential news and information about using our products and services. 

    The new blog, on the other hand, will be dedicated to software engineers, web industry insiders, and to our most passionate Windows Live customers, those who want to dig a little deeper into how we build our services and how they’re used worldwide. 

    We’ll start by giving you the current state of our software and services, including Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, and our Essentials suite of client software.  We’ll share with you how we build and operate our services, explain what’s going on when there are service interruptions, and talk about how we see people using our services worldwide.  As we release new or updated products, we’ll provide an inside look into the changes we.................Continue At Source
  • Windows Live Sync: now on Snow Leopard

    Posted by sumeethevans on November 5 2009, 7:40 AM. Posted in Windows Live, Live Labs.

    We’re happy to announce that Windows Live Sync for Mac now supports Snow Leopard! If you’re a Snow Leopard user, you can get the new Sync software for Snow Leopard here. Thanks so much for your continued interest in Sync, and for your patience while we worked out some stubborn compatibility issues we had with Snow Leopard. If you’re using Sync on a Mac that is not running Snow Leopard, you don’t need to update anything.

    Download (via live sync team blog)