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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
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
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
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 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...
Thu, Feb 3 2011
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...
Thu, Jun 3 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
Windows Live Essentials 2011 available for download now
We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download! (Releasing in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if your language is not yet available, it will be very soon.) Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect...
Thu, Sep 30 2010
Facebook chat added to Messenger in Canada, Australia, and 5 more countries today
The new Messenger officially came out of beta today for over 300 million customers worldwide. We’re excited to announce that Facebook chat, one of the new features that made the Messenger beta so popular, is now available to 30.1 million Messenger customers in 7 additional countries: Canada, Australia...
Fri, Oct 1 2010
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...
Thu, Dec 16 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
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
Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta refresh
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...
Tue, Aug 17 2010
Minor update for Windows Live Messenger pre-2011
If you are using Windows Live Essentials on Windows XP, or are still using a pre-2011 version of Windows Live Essentials (including Messenger), starting this week, you’ll see a required update that is rolling out in all 48 languages. This minor update to Windows Live Messenger and the other Windows Live...
Mon, Jan 17 2011
Windows Live Sync beta blends the best of Sync and Mesh
If you've been following us closely, you know we've had two different synchronization services: Windows Live Sync and Live Mesh beta . We’ve heard two things loud and clear. First, people who use either Sync or Mesh rely on the services every day to connect them back to their PCs and sync...
Thu, Jun 10 2010
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