Category Archives: Windows Live

Life Without Walls, Windows Live Timeline Revealed

As some of you may know, I attended “Life Without Walls” here in the Netherlands today.

The Event was all about Windows Live Wave 3: Darren Huston kicked off with Vision on Life without Walls (PC, Mobile and Online – Windows + Windows Live = full Windows experience), followed by Joost Nienhuis who spoke about the digital behavior of consumers which led to the Windows Live demonstration given by Arnout Hemel. Here we saw how the new Windows Live will make live easier for the various consumer groups, mainly the Social web users (stay in touch with friends easier and in a more personal way), and the Functional web users (how to organize my online life better).

Most of this we already informed you about. We informed you about the services which were released in the last two days, and we also informed you about the applications already, looks to the right in the Sidebar, still there was new information too.

Some questions that might have crossed your mind are:

– When will the (RC) apps (Windows Live Essentials) be released?
The answer to that is they will be released next week at
– When will Hotmail, Calendar and People get their final update/release?
Answer: February 2009. Once this is done all Windows Live web pages will have the same header (menu):


Of course we’ll update you next week when the apps are available for download too. Stay tuned!

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New Windows Live Betas – Download Wave 3 Now!

With the Windows Live Wave 3 beta due to start today, we thought we’d provide our readers with a small headstart on the rest of the world. Here’s the download links for the new Wave 3 suite of applications, including Messenger v9, Windows Live Movie Maker, Mail with Calendar synchronisation, Writer, Photo Gallery, Family Safety and the Outlook Connector. For the paranoid amongst you, yes the files are hosted on (only downloads the applications you select)
image (downloads all the applications, you can chose which ones to install)

Enjoy, and stay tuned for our reviews of the Windows Live Wave 3 beta application coming soon. In the meantime you can check out our previous posts tagged Wave 3 regarding the new applications or subscribe to our RSS feed to be alerted to the new posts coming later today.

Here’s some sample screenshots just to wet the appetite!

messenger M2mail calendar

PS: If you have the Writer CTP or any other Wave 3 products installed, you should uninstall them first.

Read more LiveSide reviews:

Wave 3: Windows Live Movie Maker Beta

Wave 3: Windows Live Mail – Calendar, Calendar, Calendar (and more)

Wave 3: Windows Live Writer – A First Look

Wave 3- Windows Live Messenger 9 Beta – What’s New- A Comparison With 8.5

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Windows Live Messenger For BlackBerry

Messenger Stuff discovered Windows Live Messenger is now also available for the BlackBerry:

Now Windows Live Messenger is compatible with the current leader in smartphones, the BlackBerry.

…The client in simple and lightweight, but like the BlackBerry’s user base, is designed for productive users. All in all this is a simple application, but if you’re a Blackberry user, who natively uses Windows Live ID, it is a must.


Download Windows Live Messenger for the BlackBerry

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Unfortunately I could not get this to install on my Blackberry 8800 at this point in time. Maybe when 02 release the long overdue 02 certified firmware upgrade I could get to install this.

Microsoft and RIM to Bring Windows Live Services to BlackBerry Smartphone Customers

SEATTLE, Wash., and WATERLOO, Ontario — May 12, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced an agreement to provide Microsoft Windows Live services on BlackBerry® smartphones. As a result of this collaboration, BlackBerry smartphone customers will enjoy easy mobile access to Windows Live Messenger and an enhanced level of integration between Windows Live Hotmail and the BlackBerry platform.

The integration of Windows Live services into the BlackBerry platform will allow customers who use Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger on their BlackBerry smartphone to benefit from the BlackBerry platform architecture with the ability to communicate in real time using push technology, and an exceptional mobile communications experience. Customers will also be able to seamlessly access their Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger account from their BlackBerry smartphone by simply entering their Windows Live e-mail address and password once.

“The BlackBerry platform is respected around the world for providing optimized messaging capabilities, and RIM continues to look for ways to provide customers with a wide range of communications options and the best possible mobile experience,” said Mark Guibert, vice president, Corporate Marketing at RIM. “Our relationship with Microsoft and the addition of Windows Live services to BlackBerry smartphones help us build on that strategy for our customers.”

View: Microsoft Press Release

Windows Live Wave

Microsoft today releases the next generation of free Windows Live services worldwide.  Consumers can now download the full Windows Live suite at once, or pick and choose their favorites, at

Microsoft is also kicking off the final launch of Windows Live with a two-day event where people can upload their photos to and share their virtual smile with the world.  Microsoft is partnering with childrens not-for-profit Operation Smile ( to encourage people to share smiles through Windows Live to help Operation Smile make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

In addition to uploading photos to people in New York City and Los Angeles, Calif., can visit Windows Live photo booths to have their smiles photographed and sign up for Windows Live services

The full article is at

Now you can link your Windows Live IDs together

We know that many of you have multiple Windows Live IDs and managing and switching between them is not that easy.  That is why we are so happy to tell you that Windows Live now offers a Linked Windows Live ID service.  The service allows you to link your Windows Live accounts together and easily switch between them.

Jeff Steinbok, a member of our Spaces development team, talked about it in detail on his personal space.

Enjoy and keep the feedback coming.


Product Manager, Windows Live Spaces

More on this story here:!8AA773FE0A12B9E3!39967.entry

Create Windows Live Messenger Buttons !

Create a handy button for your Windows Live Messenger contact so your friends can easily add you to their contact list.

Buttons make it easy! Use the button builder to create a button that fits your personal style or even just your mood. Add the button to your Windows Live Hotmail, Outlook and other email signatures, Windows Live Space, or blog, and your friends and family can simply click your button to add you to their contact list. Click here for Button Builder.

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Windows Live @ Edu brochure

Ray Fleming and Mark A’Bear have been busy with their Education Partners blog and recently published this Windows Live @Edu brochure (using Skydrive of course). What is Live @Edu? The guys explain:

Windows Live @ Edu is a hosted email service available free of charge to colleges and universities, which is hosted on the Windows Live Hotmail platform. It allows establishments to choose their own email domain name (for example, and use that for all email provision for their students. The back-end is linked to the university’s Active Directory, so that users are actively provisioned. It gives students a 2GB mailbox and unlike Hotmail, is advertising free. There are over 20 universities or FE colleges now using this system in the UK.

Although the mail service is free, there is a partner revenue opportunity from this service – the integration and configuration services from the mail service to the institution’s Active Directory (using Identity Lifecycle Management 2007)

Good to see a UK specific document and the speaks plain English about the service and its benefits.

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Windows Live Mail, Live Writer & Messenger 8.5 Beta

Microsoft has announced the availability of 3 Windows Live products today, all of which are beta.

Windows Live Mail is the free consumer client Microsoft will invest in moving forward. It is a superset of existing free clients and will replace Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail desktop beta. While it used to be a paid feature, Hotmail customers can now access their account for free in Outlook 2003 and Windows Live Mail.

Windows Live Writer is a blogging tool that has been available in the US since August of last year. The tool was very well received by US bloggers at launch since it provides increased product functionality for Windows Live Spaces users and it also allows publishing to many of the largest blogging products in the world.

Windows Live Messenger 8.5 will also go out with a largely back-end update, but includes feature updates such as new look and feel in sign-in and conversation window, new emoticons, and integration with Windows Live OneCare Family Safety.

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Update: If your having installation issues with installing the Windows Live products then you will need to follow this tip

Microsoft Launches Windows Live Hotmail Worldwide

REDMOND, Wash. — May 6, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows Live™ Hotmail®, the successor to MSN® Hotmail, is launching globally in 36 languages. The most significant upgrade for Hotmail since it pioneered the webmail industry in 1996, the new service has been built to be a vast improvement over the previous Hotmail offering, having incorporated input from more than 20 million beta testers. Windows Live Hotmail will deliver a safer, more powerful and productive e-mail experience than previous versions with flexible access via the Web, on a mobile phone or with an e-mail client. Microsoft also announced that later this month Windows Live Hotmail customers will be able to access their Windows Live Hotmail e-mail and contacts for free* using Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2003 or Office Outlook 2007 via the new Microsoft Office Outlook Connector beta.

As Windows Live Hotmail begins rolling out on May 7 and continues over the coming days, consumers will be able to visit to sign up for a new Windows Live Hotmail account. Current MSN Hotmail customers can also update their existing account to Windows Live Hotmail by logging into their account and clicking on the green Join Windows Live Hotmail button.

“We’re thrilled to deliver Windows Live Hotmail to the more than 280 million active MSN Hotmail accounts around the world,” said Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of the Online Services Group at Microsoft. “Windows Live Hotmail represents an extremely compelling end-to-end e-mail experience that makes it easy for customers to get best-of-breed e-mail access across PCs, mobile devices and the Web. Windows Live Hotmail is a cornerstone online service for Microsoft and a critical part of our online advertising business because e-mail is a key point of influence for consumer purchases. We’re pleased to announce the launch of the service to advertisers in addition to consumers on the eve of the Microsoft Strategic Account Summit.”

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