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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 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
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...
Tue, Jun 29 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Anyone can build a Messenger client—with open standards access via XMPP
We’ve previously talked about the principles that guide us as we strive to continue delivering the most convenient ways to chat with the people who matter the most to you. Today we’re taking another step, with the public availability of access to the Messenger network via XMPP, an open standard. This...
Wed, Dec 14 2011
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...
Fri, Jun 18 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
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
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
Security alert: Active links in Messenger 2009 temporarily turned off to prevent a malicious worm
A particularly malicious worm (a self-replicating computer virus) is currently trying to spread itself through many of the world's largest instant messaging and social networks, including Windows Live Messenger 2009. We’re very serious about protecting our customers, and are pursuing multiple avenues...
Fri, Nov 12 2010
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