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Keeping the Messenger service running—on a massive scale
If you read Jeff Kunins' post a few weeks ago about the growth of Windows Live Messenger in the last decade, you already know that Messenger's growth has been pretty phenomenal. With such growth comes passionate feedback from customers, and a unique set of challenges around supporting those customers...
Tue, Mar 2 2010
A look back at the year since Windows 7 released
October 22 marks one year since the release of Windows 7. This is a huge milestone for Windows and for Microsoft. Windows 7 has already sold 240 million copies, more than any other operating system in the same timeframe and helping bring us to 1.2 billion people using Windows worldwide . This is something...
Thu, Oct 21 2010
More Hotmail updates on the way
We’ve kept ourselves busy this summer. A few months ago, we released a re-invented Windows Live Hotmail designed around what people said they wanted—a more efficient service to help them manage clutter with features like Sweep and one-click filters , save time with ActiveViews , share hundreds of large...
Thu, Sep 23 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
Windows Live Mail helps you organize your life
As Piero mentioned in his blog post, we had two main goals when building the newest version of Windows Live: making everyday tasks simpler, and connecting Windows 7 to the cloud. In the new Windows Live Mail beta , we did a lot of work to make these goals a reality, and today I’d like to give you a quick...
Wed, Jul 7 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
Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone passes one million downloads!
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...
Mon, Jun 28 2010
Video Kinect brings Messenger video chat to the Xbox 360
It’s here! Xbox Kinect is now available in the US – and soon, around the world. At Windows Live, we’re very excited about this because it gives our more than 300 million Messenger users worldwide a new way to stay connected with their Messenger friends. At launch, Xbox LIVE Gold members will be able...
Thu, Nov 4 2010
Windows Live Messenger – a short history
Hi, my name is Jeff Kunins, and I am the Group Program Manager (GPM) for social networking across Windows Live . In other words, I’m totally focused on partnering with and connecting to social networks and other web services that you already love, allowing them to light up Hotmail , Messenger , SkyDrive...
Tue, Feb 9 2010
Messenger now powering over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat
We’re excited to announce today that Facebook chat is now available to over 75 million more Messenger customers worldwide , wherever Facebook is available. Nearly 18 million people now driving over 2.8 billion minutes of Facebook chat on Messenger In November, we gave an update on Messenger...
Wed, Feb 2 2011
Update to the Windows Live Messenger iPhone app
As we talked about earlier this summer, we believe it’s important that Messenger lets you stay in touch from your devices. On June 21 st , we released the Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone. Since then, the Messenger app has reached #1 in the iTunes app marketplace at some point in time in over 50...
Mon, Sep 13 2010
Connecting Windows Live Messenger and Xbox LIVE
When we told you earlier about what’s coming in the next version of Messenger , one of the things we discussed was how we’re improving the core instant messaging experience, and making big improvements to video chat and media sharing with built-in features like HD support, full-screen video chat, and...
Mon, Jun 14 2010
Messenger will be seamlessly built into Windows Phone, bringing texting and IM together
Messenger has always been focused on helping you keep in touch with the people who matter most. We believe you should be able to choose the services you want to use and be able to access them from all of your devices, in a seamlessly integrated experience. And on your phone, that integrated experience...
Tue, May 24 2011
Partnering & Our Approach to “Social”
Over the past few years that I’ve been on the Windows Live team, we’ve made a significant shift in the way that we think about where we want to focus Windows Live. Our priority is on giving consumers the best experience possible, which means that we are focused on both building great experiences and...
Fri, Sep 10 2010
Preview of the new Windows Live Messenger
We’ve spent the last few months posting about how we look at the industry, the key customer problems that are top-of-mind for us, and where we think we can improve the lives of our customers. Today in a speech at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil, Steve Ballmer is sharing a preview of the new Windows...
Wed, Apr 28 2010
Windows Live Messenger Connect is now available
Today we are announcing availability of Messenger Connect ( ) beta. Messenger Connect allows users to communicate, share, and connect with their Messenger friends on other websites. It is a flexible, yet prescriptive set of APIs to help create intuitive experiences that can be tightly integrated into...
Mon, Jun 28 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
Taking Windows Live Messenger with you on your iPhone
Today we’re launching Windows Live Messenger for iPhone in the US, Canada, UK, and France. You can download Messenger for iPhone for free from the iPhone App Store. [Update: 23 June, 2010] Good news: We're adding the iPhone app, available in English and French, to the iTunes App Store in the following...
Mon, Jun 21 2010
The Huffington Post makes it easier for Hotmail users to share their favorite articles
A key goal of the revamped developer platform is to make it easier for websites to integrate Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger into their sites in ways that are meaningful and beneficial. One site that has taken advantage of our platform in this manner is The Huffington Post . The Huffington Post is a...
Fri, Sep 2 2011
Betting on Connect – 100X the IM engagement and no need to re-spam your friends with more invites
We continue to believe that one of the best ways to provide our customers with great Microsoft product experiences is to let them connect to the other apps, services, and devices that they love—getting richer, more powerful experiences in both. From bringing Facebook into Messenger to letting you send...
Thu, Sep 8 2011
Windows Live Messenger has already powered 1.5 billion minutes of Facebook chat
Frederic from ReadWriteWeb recently noted the large number of people who have connected Facebook and Messenger. As it’s now been about one month since we released Windows Live Essentials 2011 , we wanted to take a moment to talk more about our progress in building partnerships with Messenger that help...
Wed, Nov 10 2010
Use Hotmail features without changing your email address
If you’ve been reading this blog for the last few months, you’ve seen lots of new features added to Hotmail that make Hotmail more efficient, like Sweep or the ability to send up to 10GB of photos in one message . Some of you sent feedback asking if there’s a way to use these features without the hassle...
Mon, Nov 1 2010
The new Messenger for Mac 8 with Video Chat is now out of Beta
Today Messenger for Mac 8 came out of beta! It will be available (soon) as part of the Office for Mac 2011 suite, and is also available as a free standalone download . Messenger for Mac 8 provides real-time collaboration between Mac users and their Messenger friends, whether those friends are using Messenger...
Mon, Oct 25 2010
WordPress.com and Windows Live partnering together and providing an upgrade for 30 million Windows Live Spaces customers
Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent a good bit of time talking about our approach to partnering with the web, and as part of that, how we’re deeply integrating with the leading consumer services that you find most valuable. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to get on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt ...
Mon, Sep 27 2010
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