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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
Designing app-centric sharing for SkyDrive, part 1 of 2: Complexity of “simple”
A few weeks ago, we released an upgrade to SkyDrive.com that fundamentally changed the way you can share files and collaborate using SkyDrive. Omar Shahine gave a great overview in his blog post a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to dive into deeper detail about how our new, simple app-centric sharing...
Wed, Dec 21 2011
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
The evolution of Windows Live Spaces
Now that the new generation of Windows Live web services has been released, some of you have asked me why we didn’t make any changes to Spaces. Although we did not make many noticeable changes to the service, I wanted to do a blog post about Spaces within the broader context of Windows Live and show...
Wed, Jun 30 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
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
Preventing spam and phishing using e-mail authentication
Hi, my name is John Scarrow and, in conjunction with other product groups, I oversee service abuse and security issues for Windows Live and other Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer. Building from Dick Craddock’s previous post , I’m going to get into the nuts and bolts of how we fight phishing...
Thu, Feb 4 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 – 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
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 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
A behind-the-scenes look at designing the new Hotmail: part three
In part one and part two of this series, I talked about the principles that guided our design for the new Hotmail and showed you how we’re helping you navigate your email and manage your inbox more quickly and easily. Today, in this last part, I wanted to show you a few features that we designed to help...
Wed, Aug 11 2010
Privacy is not dead
Wanting privacy is not about needing something to hide. It’s about wanting to maintain control. Often, privacy isn't about hiding; it's about creating space to open up. If you remember that privacy is about maintaining a sense of control, you can understand why Privacy is Not Dead. There are good reasons...
Fri, Apr 2 2010
As we look at usage patterns for people who use Windows Live Photos , Messenger , and other online services, we've seen the emergence of a broad pattern that has been shaping our thinking as we work on new versions of our products. What we see is an explosion of sharing – and of its natural consequence...
Thu, Mar 25 2010
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
Hotmail tips the scales
If you take a look through Dick Craddock’s blog post from earlier this year, A short history of Hotmail , or A peek behind the scenes at Hotmail , by Arthur de Haan , you’ll see that Hotmail has experienced enormous growth since it started 15 years ago. Today it delivers a service that is localized to...
Wed, Apr 7 2010
Messenger Companion – Have conversations with your friends directly in Internet Explorer
In this release of Windows Live, you can now see your friends’ activity in all the social networks you use. Last week, for example, Douglas Pearce blogged about what this means for the new Messenger. He discussed how Messenger Highlights is designed to be the most complete view of what your friends are...
Mon, Jul 26 2010
Email in a world of social networking
On the Windows Live Hotmail team, we spend a lot of time talking to people about email. It’s one of the ways we figure out what people want, what their pain points are, and what we can build that might delight them. Even though we’re the most widely used email service in the world with over...
Tue, Mar 30 2010
Windows Live Messenger full or compact view—you decide
For over ten years now, instant messaging applications have shared a common user interface pattern – a slim window with your contact list in it that you can keep docked on the side of your screen. This makes it easy to keep the window open without taking up too much screen space. Because really, all...
Tue, Jun 22 2010
A preview of Windows Live for Windows 8
Last week we released the developer preview of Windows 8 (WDP) at the //BUILD conference. While we covered a lot in the keynote , I wanted to provide folks who’ve been following our services for some time with a quick summary of what we talked about and what’s coming next. Windows 8 provides us with...
Wed, Sep 21 2011
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