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 Site problems... again
Site problems... again

dwergs says ( 16 Jun 2006 ):

 

As you've probably already noticed we're having some problems with the server again. Not being able to fix it because of a tight schedule, you'll have to live with it for at least another day. Please accept my apologies.

UPDATE: Apart from the big white gap on the left, everything should be working again. Big thanks to Charlotte for helping me out!



 First glimpse of Yahoo! Messenger integration
First glimpse of Yahoo! Messenger integration

dwergs says ( 15 Jun 2006 ):

 

Eagle-eyed Messer, deAd, has found the first ever screenshot of the upcoming Yahoo! Messenger integration in Windows Live Messenger, and it's there for everyone to see on the WLM Beta page at ideas.live.com. The image of the conversation window shows as a tiny Yahoo! Messenger icon left underneath the contact's Display Picture. This specific area is reserved for the webcam icon in case your contact has one, so it makes sense having the Yahoo! flag there as well because video conversation is a no-go between users of the different IM programs. And the blue Messenger dummy is most likely a sign that Display Pictures are not shared over the two IM services either.

>> Official screenshot showing Yahoo! Messenger integration.



 Want your own @live.com or @windowslive.com account?
Want your own @live.com or @windowslive.com account?

dwergs says ( 14 Jun 2006 ):

 

Seems like Apothix was indeed an early bird when he suddenly got presented with a windowslive.com account. You see, the Windows Live Mail support blog yesterday announced that starting June 20th, people who sign up for a new Windows Live ID will have two new domains to chose from: @live.com and @windowslive.com.

Needless to say, your current account(s) will remain unchanged and will continue to work with all Windows Live services.



 Messenger Plus! Live Scripting Documentation
Messenger Plus! Live Scripting Documentation

dwergs says ( 14 Jun 2006 ):

 

messenger plus! liveWith a public release of Messenger Plus! Live for Windows Live Messenger around the corner, it's time to reveal more info about the new extensibility options of the popular add-on. And what could be a better way than to share with you the complete scripting documentation written by Mr. Patchou himself. Whether you still have to write your first script or you are an advanced (plugin) developer, this file will help you get the most out of Messenger Plus! Live (and indirectly, Windows Live Messenger).

Patchou told me he's already seen some excellent scripts from the beta testers, and he can't wait to see what the rest of the world will come up with!

>> Be our guest, download the complete Messenger Plus! Live Scripting Docs.

>> View some Messenger Plus! Live screenshots.



 First Microsoft webcams officially announced
First Microsoft webcams officially announced

dwergs says ( 13 Jun 2006 ):

 

Microsoft today announced two webcams, optimized for Windows Live Messenger and Spaces: the LifeCam VX-6000 and LifeCam VX-3000. Their key features are:

Windows Live Call Button. Located on the top of each LifeCam, the Windows Live Call Button makes placing a video call a breeze by eliminating the usual multiple steps. Just one touch brings up the Buddy Picker, a tool that shows users only current online buddies. They simply select their contact’s name and they are on their way to making a video call.

LifeCam Dashboard. Built right into the Windows Live Messenger window for easy access during video calling, the LifeCam Dashboard provides simple access to the controls people need most, including pan, tilt and zoom. Now users’ attention stays where it should be — on their video conversation.

One-touch blogging. Windows Live Spaces is one of the fastest-growing blog communities in the world, with more than 50 million individual Spaces. Now, users can post High Definition LifeCam pictures directly to their Windows Live Space blog with one click from within the LifeCam window.
The new Microsoft LifeCams introduced today will be widely available in August 2006 for the following estimated retail prices: $99.95 US for the VX-6000 and $49.95 US for the VX-3000.

[More info & pictures at source: Microsoft PressPass]



 Future Live.com entry page adapts Windows Live Messenger look
Future Live.com entry page adapts Windows Live Messenger look

dwergs says ( 13 Jun 2006 ):

 

windows liveWhile he should really be studying, admin Zero1 found a development site for Live.com to be publicly accessible. The Windows Live start page shows a Google-ish search field and has the same "Windows Live Flare" header as seen in Windows Live Messenger.

This site is for internal Microsoft use only and thus not fully functional, but go here if you want to have a look.



 Quick News: Add-ins SDK, Windowslive.com, etc.
Quick News: Add-ins SDK, Windowslive.com, etc.

dwergs says ( 12 Jun 2006 ):

 

The highly anticipated Windows Live Dev portal is here, providing us with an SDK and documentation for Messenger Add-ins. All-you-can-read over here and here. [Reported by: J-Thread, Stigmata & deAd]

Talking about Add-ins, doggie sent us a fix to actually unload them when you turn them off, instead of having to restart Windows Live Messenger. You have to modify the finalize sub like this (replace WLMAddin with your declared name):

Protected Overrides Sub Finalize()
MyBase.Finalize()
WLMAddin.Dispose() '<-- add this line
End Sub

Apothix, one of Mess.be's regular content providers, was given a windowslive.com account by accident. He was using his personal domain in conjunction with the Windows Live Custom Domains service but decided to cancel it. After a while, he decided to sign up and renew again. Next thing he knew his previous account migrated to a windowslive.com account. Will this be the vice suffix for new users of (Hot)mail(.com) and other Live services? A unique case so far, but let us know if you experienced something similar.

Brazil's three largest mobile phone operators TIM, Vivo and Claro have signed an agreement with Microsoft to allow their users to receive and send instant text messages. More at the source.

The recently posted Windows Vista Beta 2 download (thanks WinManiac & Tobiaz) turns out to be the biggest download event in Internet history. Because so many people are downloading it, the transfer speeds are nerve-rackingly slow. Microsoft proclaims that it is not planning to increase bandwidth because that would possibly "take down the Internet" and, according to the Redmond company, also interfere with digital broadcasts of the World Cup soccer. And nobody would want to be responsible for THAT! :p



 Invasion of the Robots Part 2
Invasion of the Robots Part 2

dwergs says ( 12 Jun 2006 ):

 

msn messenger botsA handful of Messenger Bots have been added to the gallery in Microsoft's Invasion of the Robots contest, including old hats World of Alice and InsideMessenger. Among the small fry are the following:

SampleBot (US, Add to contact list): The weirdest one of the bunch (at least for now). Replies (at first sight) random gibberish in random colors. Although, when I said "dwergs" he answered "Mess with MSN Messenger".

Virtual Secretary (France, Add to contact list): According to the bot's description, it can "manage your contacts, your agenda and your notes" and even "send email to your contacts and (...) do translations!". If only "she" were online...

Recipes Finder (Canada, Add to contact list): Tell this bot the contents of your fridge and it'll suggest you some recipes from the MSN Lifestyle portal.

Xbox Robot (Belgium, Add to contact list): This Microsoft-produced bot allows you to search on Xbox.com, search, compare and message gamertags, etc. and with more features in the pipeline.

Valerie (and her Rhyme Gallery) (US, Add to contact list): Another bot built by a Microsoft employee, it reads you 100 nursery rhymes and 25 jokes. Its usability is quite lame, so I'm not sure children will have a clue how to use it.

That's it for now, but trust me: lots of bots to come!



 Final Windows Live Messenger release pushed back
Final Windows Live Messenger release pushed back

dwergs says ( 12 Jun 2006 ):

 

Last week WinFuture posted the assumed launch date for the non-Beta Windows Live Messenger version. Now don't be disillusioned -there's a reason why Microsoft does not officially communicate release dates- but today the same German website informs us that the software won't be ready for a final release on June 16th after all. Yahoo! Messenger interoperability not finished yet, perhaps?

[Reported by: StefVision and R-Style]



 MSN Direct still alive: Abacus Smart Watch 2006
MSN Direct still alive: Abacus Smart Watch 2006

dwergs says ( 11 Jun 2006 ):

 

It's been years since we last mentioned MSN Direct, the instant data-to-wristwatch service, but Microsoft hasn't written it off yet. Right about now the Abacus Smart Watch 2006 is being shipped in the U.S., sporting better (band) designs, twice the memory, improved battery life and faster data reception.

abacus smart watch 2006Bill Gates only last month at the SharePoint Conference 2006: "We got off to a slow start on SPOT because our watches were a little too thick and we didn't have the right distribution channel, and so now there's a new generation of the SPOT watches coming, actually some color display and things. So we're pushing ahead with that, but it did not get to the mainstream in the first version, so we had to step back and do some of the more ergonomic design."

According to SpotStop the new Abacus Smart Watch went on sale yesterday at $179, which includes a one-year Smart Plan subscription (unfortunately that plan doesn't allow you to receive MSN Messenger messages).

>> More information about the Abacus Smart Watch 2006 here.



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