June 1st 2009 marks the day when Microsoft has officially launched a public preview version of their fresh new “decision search” engine called Bing.

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As expected, Microsoft has added 20 new Web Activities for integration with your network on Windows Live Home. This has taken the total number of Web Activities to 30.

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Microsoft has started rolling out the new Web Slice feature for Windows Live Home (http://home.live.com) worldwide. Last week, LiveSide reported on this upcoming new feature of Windows Live Home which shows the top three(by default) most recent happenings from your “What’s new with your network”.

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If your country isn’t listed above and you cant wait for it to be available in your region then you can get the new Web IM in Hotmail now by simply changing Country/region of your Windows Live ID to any one of the listed countries above (preferably USA)

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Have you ever wished to have all your events and birthday reminders from your facebook calendar to your calendar in Windows Live? Thanks to fbCal with the help of which you can export your events and birthday reminders in facebook to your calendar in Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal and of course Windows Live.

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Microsoft has released a new version of Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant. The latest version i.e. 6.5 adds Windows Live ID online provider for Windows 7 which enables linking of a Windows 7 user account to a Windows Live ID.

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As we all know, Microsoft Affiliates Network was closed on December, 15th 2008. In an email sent to me yesterday, Microsoft Affiliates Manager Melissa Witt wrote about the new offers which will be available in early 2009 when Affiliates Network will re start its services:

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Microsoft’s open source platform – Codeplex has released two very useful plugins (LiveUpload to Facebook & Live

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Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3

By | November 4th, 2008

Our Hotmail accounts have finally been shifted over to Wave 3 now. We aren’t very fond of the very white look so far. Hopefully, it’ll become more meaningful, and less white over time. What are your opinions on the new Hotmail? Any problems that you are encountering ? Share with us!

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Back in July 2008, Microsoft added background images to Live Search homepage. While it didn’t added much to the overall function of the search engine itself, what it added was a nice touch to the homepage which differentiated it with other competing search engines like Google and Yahoo.

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In July, Microsoft and Facebook had made a search and advertisement deal, which meant that Live Search would be integrated into Facebook, along with advertisements. Well, the search has finally started to appear in Facebook now.

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Around a week ago, our friends at LiveSide had posted about the beginning of the rollout of Hotmail wave 3. And as of now, most of us are still waiting. Word is, that the rollout has experienced some troubles as well as those who are got their Hotmail account updated are facing issues with seeing their folders. To which the Official Windows Live Hotmail blog responded:

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Most of us have read by now that Microsoft is going to replace some of the most essential applications in Windows by their Windows Live alternatives. I, for one, do not welcome this change at all. Can you imagine an operating system, which after install you can’t view your images with? Or one, in which there is no email application? Do we really want to rely on an operating system that is so barebones that it requires us to first download a 100 + Mb setup to achieve all these functionalities?

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Windows Live Calendar has been updated to the Wave 3 look, and is the first online Windows Live service to do so. It has the foretold new header which borrows from Windows Live Messenger’s scenes. Although apart from the 8 default themes, the ‘more themes’ link doesn’t work yet. I can only guess that they might have exclusive content as themes for more themes just like they have messenger packs for certain movies and occasions.

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As we all know, Microsoft rolled out public beta’s for most of the Windows Live Wave 3 products yesterday. We have already reviewed Windows Live Messenger. Lets have a look at the Windows Live Mail Beta.

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There is a huge number of new features in the new Windows live Messenger Beta which is marked as version 2009 in the about box.

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Windows Live Video Messages

By | September 17th, 2008

Windows Live Video Messages (WLVM)is the latest service to be included in Microsoft’s web applications of Windows Live. It was opened to the general public on 9th, not too late after being announced. We decided to give it a spin and check out if this service is really worth using on a day to day basis or not.

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While sending an email, you must have noticed the drop down suggestions that appear when you start typing in the email address, or even a contact’s name.

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Microsoft Phone Data Manager

By | September 10th, 2008

You might have always wondered why Microsoft doesn’t provide native support of contacts and file transfer from and to mobile phones in Windows. Although, Microsoft did indeed release a Windows Mobile Device Center for Vista, it only works with Windows Mobile Phones.

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In June 2008, Mac BU (aka Mactopia) team released the latest version(7.0.1) of Messenger for Mac which improved support for users of the VoiceOver feature in OS X. It also fixed user interface issues that appeared when Messenger was used with some European languages. But even this latest version is a no match to its Windows counterpart, known as Windows Live Messenger.

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