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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
Hotmail, already powering over 15 million phones and growing, comes to Kindle Fire
We think it’s critical that our customers can use Hotmail from any device they choose. So, in addition to making Hotmail work great on devices running Windows, we’ll continue to invest in great experiences on other major device platforms. The recent release of iOS5 and our Hotmail application for Android...
Tue, Jan 24 2012
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
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
Inkubook plug-in now available with Photo Gallery
In the past, we’ve discussed our commitment to building unique experiences and integrating with great services from across the web. With the release of Windows Live Essentials 2011 , we’ve made it easier to create and share across your sites. With the amount of photos and videos we capture and store...
Fri, Oct 15 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
How we used HTML5 to make SkyDrive fast for millions of people
We hope you’ve had a chance to try the new version of SkyDrive that we shipped a few weeks ago. You probably noticed that the performance of the web experience has been dramatically improved and redesigned for simplicity. In this post, I’m going to cover a few of the things we did to make the new SkyDrive...
Thu, Jul 14 2011
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
New online community for Windows Live experts
We wanted to let you know about a new site called the Windows Experts Community . The Windows Experts Community has a number of great resources, but of particular interest to those of you who use Windows Live is the new forum on communicating, sharing and synchronizing with Windows Live , where...
Wed, May 4 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
Now SmartScreen automatically identifies more than one billion newsletters every day
SmartScreen®—it’s not just for spam anymore. The latest release of Hotmail uses Microsoft SmartScreen to automatically identify more than a billion newsletters every day. Since newsletters account for more than a quarter of all the mail in a typical inbox, having them automatically categorized is a big...
Fri, Jan 13 2012
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
Ten new reasons to love Hotmail
Today, we’re pleased to announce that all of our customers have the latest release of Hotmail, with several new features, including those that we talked about in our earlier post about fighting the war on graymail . We’re excited about this release and hope you will be, too. So without further ado, here...
Wed, Dec 14 2011
I will NEVER ask for your password
There are a lot of bad things on the Internet, and few are worse than phishing scams. But there is a certain class of phishing scam that has earned a special level of disdain and disgust, at least from me. I’m talking about the phishing scams that target Hotmail customers using my name, my picture, and...
Wed, Aug 10 2011
Designing app-centric sharing for SkyDrive, part 2 of 2: Rebuilding permissions
One of the biggest changes we made to the recent SkyDrive release was how we deal with permissions on files and folders. Making these underlying changes to our service without impacting customers is a bit like replacing the engines on an airplane while it’s flying. The technical challenges were tremendous...
Thu, Dec 22 2011
Windows Live launches new plug-ins website
We’ve talked a few times about how important it is for you to be able to connect your Windows Live experiences to the other great services you use. You can connect connect Messenger to Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn , Hotmail lets you bring in your email from Gmail and Yahoo! Plus, and WordPress...
Wed, Dec 15 2010
Giving you more meaningful choices to control your privacy
A few months ago I authored a post that sets the context for some of the privacy discussion that’s currently happening, and how we think about privacy in Windows Live. This post describes the new privacy features in Windows Live , including a new way to differentiate between sharing with your close friends...
Thu, Jun 17 2010
Windows Live Essentials brings you amazing photos and videos–for free
It’s been three weeks since we released Windows Live Essentials 2011 and over 16 million people have downloaded the latest version. We’re very excited about what Windows Live Essentials 2011 brings to Windows 7. Some of the key features we’d call out: Make the perfect group picture with Photo Fuse in...
Fri, Oct 22 2010
Hotmail gets flags right
Everyone has their own favorite way of keeping important email close at hand – marking unread, flagging, or filing in a folder. But each system has drawbacks. The new release of Hotmail solves this problem once and for all by making a simple and elegant change to the way flags work. Now, when you...
Tue, Nov 8 2011
The new Messenger games tab makes your games more social
Just in time for the holidays, we are pleased to introduce a new gaming experience for Windows Live Messenger 2011 . We’re excited about our new release for two reasons: We’re bridging the gap between casual and social gaming by adding more social elements into the casual gaming experience. This marks...
Mon, Nov 15 2010
Today, developers almost always integrate multiple web platforms into their sites – Facebook, Twitter, Google, Hotmail, and more. With this in mind, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for developers to use our platform alongside others to connect their websites to Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail...
Wed, Jun 29 2011
Photo Gallery now supports raw format
We all take a lot of photos. In fact, according to data provided by InfoTrends, more than 73 billion still images were shot in the US alone in 2010. If you’re lucky enough to own a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera, you’re likely to take two and a half times as many photos in a given month as...
Tue, Jul 26 2011
Hotmail and Office 365: Microsoft services working together for you and your business
Hotmail (with SkyDrive and Messenger) provides free email and collaboration services for 360 million people around the world. Over 30 million of them have tried out Office Web Apps in just the first six months they were available. Microsoft also offers Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync for millions...
Mon, Apr 18 2011
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