Windows Live

A 36-post collection

Trouble moving from Windows Live Custom domains to Office 365

If you are a user of Windows Live Custom Domains, you may have heard that Microsoft is retiring this service and users are encouraged to sign up to Office 365 as an alternate service. If you’re thinking about switching your services then I recommend you hold off and read the points below first! I tried to switch and I got burned by the process. Hopefully the comments below are of help to you Dear Reader. Signing up to the service As it turns out, the initial sign up process is the easiest thing to do. You can choose a plan that suits, such as the ones mentioned in the Office 365 link above. You also have an option of...

From Windows Live Search to Bing Social in 6 years!

Six years ago Microsoft introduced it’s new search offering known back then as Windows Live Search and since then Microsoft have been trying to get a good chunk of the market dominated by Google. With the recent launch of the latest incarnation of Bing I thought I’d rollback the years and look at some of the changes Microsoft has done since 2006. A new look & feel with the new band of Windows Live One of the big changes done at that time was the introduction of the Windows Live family of products which included several offerings such as Windows Live Spaces, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Search …etc. I was interested in exploring a lot of these...

A new web search experience: Tafiti

A long time ago I wrote this post about Creativity & Innovation in products & service offerings in IT. Without repeating my other post; I mentioned that I find it interesting to see that big players in one area in the IT industry, such as Google in search and Microsoft in Windows & Office products start going away from their core competencies and offer additional products and services and move away from enhancing their core product (or so it seems to me anyway – not in all cases but in some) for instance, can anyone tell me what the latest major improvement / upgrade Google did to it’s search engine?? I personally don’t know if anything has changed to improve/...

Live Search 2.0 is here!

This is just a quick post to mention that Live Search 2.0 is here. Check it out it’s being rolled out world wide but only seemed to arrive to NZ a couple of days ago. See the Live Search blog for more details. I will be posting my thoughts on it soon....

Getting Facebook & Windows Live Together: Part 2

I’ve had a play with the idea I suggested in my previous post about this topic and using the Facebook Developer Toolkitit was possible to get a lot of information out of Facebook and display those in a .NET application and you can also get info back in XML format so this should work well with a gadget. So far so good… BUT the problem with using the toolkit or the Facebook API for that matter is authenticating your Facebook application user so you can get some info. For a web application you have to redirect to the Facebook login page let users login and then capture the authentication token… For having a Windows Live gadget I’m...

Via Windows Live

" title="" /> I’ve recently been made aware of a new sitewww.viawindowslive.com that provides a great place for developers to find resources about the Windows Live family of products. The site is still in the early days but more content is going in all the time, I’ve even started contributing some stuff myself and will be writing more stuff very soon. Here’s a brief description of the site taken from the about page “Welcome to the Via Windows Live community space. This space is dedicated to you as a developer to help you build and understand how to utilise Windows Live technologies in your applications.You’ll find different sections on the various Live technologies and...

Getting Facebook & Windows Live Together, well sort of!

I’ve recently been wanting a lot to dig deeper into other areas of Windows Live that I don’t know much about and get myself to learn more about these. Of course the hard thing in moving forward with that stuff aside from motivation is thinking of an idea of something that can be done. I think I found an answer to that today! Here’s something I’m going to try and see if I can do with or without help and I think it’s a cool idea! One that will help me learn more about Windows Live Gadgets and also Facebook! Here’s the plan. I will attempt to get some data from Facebook and show...

Setting up Windows Live Custom Domains for your email

I’ve previously blogged about Windows Live Custom Domains and POP3 support in my last two posts but didn’t really talk much about setting it up. Thanks to Darryl’s postI don’t need to! You can go read his full post but here’s a quick summary of what you need to do. – Register your own domain name if you don’t have one – Head to domains.live.com and sign in using a Windows Live ID/Passport – Choose the Setup Windows Live Hotmail for my domain option – Note the settings given by Windows Live Custom Domains for the MX/TXT records – Head to your DNS provider and add a MX record and optionally the TXT record...

POP3 Support for Windows Live Custom Domains?

I had a look around and I think I found the answer to the above question. The answer happens to be there is no support for POP3 with Windows Live Custom Domains at the moment.I found the following piece of information here “Right now these protocols are not supported for free or paying users.We are evaluating adding these protocols to the product in the future, but likely as part of the above subscriptions.We currently do support protocols for rich e-mail clients like Outlook and Outlook Express in the above subscriptions.” So as far as I can tell there is no POP3 support for paying or non paying customers at present. However IMHO using Outlook Connector seems to...

Windows Live Custom Domains

In my previous post I said I will soon be trying Windows Live Custom Domains and this weekend I managed to have a play with it and I like it! Now I have all my emails for this domain on Windows Live and I can access my email via the Hotmail website, Outlook (will get to that in a minute) and can also have my email showing on my Windows Live home page which was one of my wish list items for Windows Live a while back nice! I recently read on Lukas’s blogthe following: * “However their service with POP3 support is not free and a lot more expensive than even the Google premium service.”* I can’t...