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Microsoft cloud bulges with Live Mesh data

Based on a post from the Windows Team blog, it appears as though users are indeed heading "to the cloud!" Live Mesh -- the company's cross-device synchronization and remoting platform -- now boasts more than 5 million connected devices. From those devices, 3 million users have pushed more than 2.2 petabytes to the Windows Live cloud. That's a whole lotta data -- but we wonder how much higher...

Hotmail's Facebook Chat feature now available worldwide

In September of last year, Microsoft first announced support for Facebook Chat in Hotmail, along other major updates. But since then, Facebook Chat has only been available in Hotmail in six regions. That changes today: now, in every country that has Facebook, Hotmail users will be able to use Facebook Chat right in their email client. Because, according to Microsoft, three out of four Hotmail...

Sorami-skydrive for Android connects to your Windows Live cloud storage for free

SkyDrive is a fantastic cloud storage option that many people still don't know about. With 25GB of free space for your synced files, Hotmail attachments, and Office Web docs, it's worth signing up for an account (if you don't already have a Windows Live passport). What's even better is that SkyDrive storage can be accessed by other apps -- like sorami-skydrive for Android. Install the app,...

Microsoft shows off Windows Live Photo Gallery's Photo Fuse compositing

If you haven't tried Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011, it's definitely worth a download. The Inside Windows Live team has published a blog post showing off two features they find particularly cool: Photo Fuse and image compositing, and pixel-level retouching. A one-time Microsoft Research project, Photo Fuse allows users to makes it easy to combine elements from two similar photos. Got a...

Hotmail missing email problem was caused by automated test malfunction

Recently, several thousand users began reporting a problem with their Hotmail inboxes. Messages -- and sometimes entire folders -- had vanished from their Inboxes. Microsoft managed to restore everything in five days, but what exactly went wrong? And what -- if anything -- were they doing to make sure something like this didn't happen again? The Hotmail team has since posted an explanation. As...

Windows Live Writer, Movie Maker, and Photo Gallery get a new, no-frills plug-in site

At long last, Microsoft has given plug-ins for Windows Live apps their own home. You'll now find enhancements for Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and Live Writer at plugins.live.com -- rather than at gallery.live.com, where they were nestled in amongst the sidebar and sideshow gadgets. The new site makes it easier to search for and browser plug-ins, though it's only helpful in the Live Writer...

Hotmail makes using your existing email address easier than ever

Microsoft has been cramming tons of useful new features into Hotmail this year, and the venerable webmail app is looking better than ever. Today, Microsoft has announced the arrival of another new feature -- one that is squarely aimed at encouraging new users to give Hotmail a try. One big thing which prevents users from making the switch to a new mail provider is the fact that they've already...

Windows Phone 7 remote lock and wipe, find my phone features pictured

It was pretty clear from the get-go that Windows Phone 7 would integrate tightly with Microsoft's Live services, and today we've got another glimpse at one way that integration will work. WMPoweruser has shared an image captured from what appears to be a Samsung employee's Windows Live account. Clicking through to Devices > super secret Samsung Win7 phone (we'll leave the hardware stuff to...

Hotmail to add push email, social network integration and a smart security scheme

Hotmail remains one of the most popular Web-based email providers around, second only to Yahoo Mail in most countries. In tech circles, however, Hotmail seems to struggle to escape GMail's geek-friendly shadow. That's all about to change though: Microsoft is bringing a slew of features that match and even surpass GMail in some areas. First, push email support for mobile phones (including iPhone...

Windows Live Sync finally gets an update for Snow Leopard

It's been a long, long wait for Snow Leopard users (myself included) who are dancing with the devil and using Microsoft's Windows Live Sync (formerly Foldershare), but Microsoft have finally announced an update for the application that resolves a long running compatibility problem with Apple's finest. Wearing version number 14.0.8096.0903, the new release fixes a problem with internal security...

Palringo for Windows / Windows Mobile updated

Palringo, the multi platform rich messaging client for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (via WINE), Windows Mobile, Android, iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry and Java (phew!), that we first covered back in 2007, has just received an update to it's Windows and Windows Mobile iterations. Palringo is an IM client with a twist - as well as supporting a multitude of instant messaging services (Windows Live, AIM,...

Microsoft to join DataPortability.org

Computerworld is reporting (and ReadWriteWeb is confirming) that Microsoft will be joining the Data Portability Working Group. Microsoft adds to the growing list of companies that have signed on with DataPortability.org. Since the beginning of the year, Google, Facebook, Plaxo, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr (Yahoo!) and SixApart have joined the project. The project, which in its own words, aims to...

Microsoft launchs Windows Live Translator beta

The arms race between Microsoft and Google has just gone up another notch with the release of Windows Live Translator. Much like Google's Translate Tool, Windows Live Translator lets you enter a block of text for translation from one language or another, or you can enter a URL to have an entire web page translated. Also like Google, Microsoft's web-based translation tool is powered by Systran....

Windows Live Writer Beta 3 makes blogging easier

Microsoft has released the third public beta of its Windows Live Writer blogging application. The program is available as a standalone download or as part of the new Windows Live unified installer which will throw so many Microsoft applications on your machine you'll think the company owns you. So what's new in this beta of Live Writer? XHTML support Insert videos using "insert video"...

Microsoft launches Windows Live unified installer

As promised (or perhaps threatened), Microsoft has launched its latest effort to extend its desktop software dominance online. The company has released a "unified installer," that lets you install a bunch of Microsoft desktop and online applications all at once. It's sort of like Google Pack, but with nothing but Microsoft software. So what do you get with the Windows Live installer? Windows...