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All your contacts in one place
When you want to get in touch with someone, where do you look? There are lots of places that people store their contact data - the address book for their email account, their Instant Message buddy list, Facebook, LinkedIn, their phone…. When you find that person you want to reach out to, is their information...
Tue, Jul 13 2010
What to do with 57 billion photos
A look at trends in photos and videos A lot has changed in the three years since we launched the first Windows Live Photo Gallery . For starters, there are a lot more people taking photos. About 10 billion more photos will be taken in the US in 2010 than in 2007—rising from about 47 billion...
Fri, Apr 9 2010
Outsmarting social engineering threats with SmartScreen
I wanted to talk about a new user safety feature we just introduced in Wave 4: SmartScreen for URLs This safety feature is another step Windows Live is taking to protect you from socially engineered attacks and account abuse. This abuse is an industry-wide problem, and we've seen a significant uptick...
Tue, Jul 6 2010
Messenger extensibility – a great companion to the other services you love
As many of our recent posts have talked about, at Windows Live we’re keenly aware of the staggering array of services that our 500+ million users love and use in addition to Windows Live. Whether it’s major social networks like Facebook , photo and video sharing services like YouTube or Flickr , or any...
Thu, Apr 15 2010
Messenger Highlights - the best of what your friends are doing across the web
Over the past few weeks, we've announced many new features coming in Windows Live Messenger. By now you've probably played with the Beta, and if you haven't, you can get it now at http://explore.live.com . You can also see how Messenger goes with you wherever you are -- on the new Hotmail or even using...
Mon, Jul 19 2010
Inside the design of Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011
ZDNet’s Ed Bott penned a very thorough comparison of Photo Gallery 2011 and iPhoto ‘11 in The Ed Bott Report this past week. While he doesn’t go so far as to declare a winner, he highlights some clear advantages to our design approach. In a lot of ways, his experience and analysis reflects what we set...
Mon, Sep 12 2011
Windows Live Sync to be named Windows Live Mesh
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...
Fri, Aug 27 2010
Windows Live completes the Windows Experience
When I talk about what we’re doing in Windows Live, people often start by asking me: What is Windows Live ? Many folks know about Hotmail and Messenger , and there are millions of users of our other desktop apps and services like SkyDrive , Photo Gallery , and Movie Maker . So what people are really...
Tue, Apr 20 2010
Preview of the new Windows Live Essentials
In recent posts we’ve talked about the new Messenger and the re-invention of Hotmail . Today, we’re going to spend time on the new Windows Live Essentials . You can also view this video on YouTube Windows Live Essentials – the essential software for...
Wed, Jun 2 2010
Bringing computer vision to Windows
Last week, Steve Lohr of the New York Times explored the evolving landscape of computer vision . Steve notes that computer vision – which broadly includes robotics, object detection and recognition, sequencing, as well as modeling and object interaction - is moving into the mainstream; what would have...
Mon, Jan 10 2011
Announcing the new Windows Live Essentials beta!
It's here! Hot on the heels of the Hotmail roll-out , the new Windows Live Essentials is now available for public beta testing. Windows Live Essentials beta requires Windows Vista or Windows 7, and is available in English, French, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, or Spanish. Get...
Wed, Jun 23 2010
Minor update to Essentials released today
Arthur de Haan
Today we released an optional update for Wave 3 of the Windows Live Essentials suite in all 48 languages. This is a minor release that updates Windows Live Messenger, Mail, Family Safety, Writer, and Sync. You can install it from http://download.live.com , or through Microsoft Update as an optional update...
Wed, May 12 2010
QFE1 for Windows Live Essentials 2011 now available through Microsoft Update
Arthur de Haan
If you’re using Windows Live Essentials on Windows Vista or Windows 7 and have Microsoft Update turned on , you’ll see an optional update this week in all 48 languages where Windows Live Essentials 2011 is available. After launching Windows Live Essentials 2011 last fall, we’ve been closely watching...
Mon, Mar 21 2011
Engineering Messenger for real relationships
The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Windows Live Messenger is usually instant messaging – bouncing short text messages back and forth. But there are tons of things we've built into Messenger to make that experience more meaningful, and closer to a real face-to-face interaction. My name...
Thu, Feb 25 2010
Building 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...
Tue, Dec 15 2009
Getting ready for Windows Live Wave 4
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...
Wed, Apr 21 2010
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