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Windows Live SkyDrive better for sharing folders
dwergs says ( 22 Feb 2008 ):
J-Thread reminded me that Microsoft's online storage service, Windows Live SkyDrive, went final in 38 countries/regions* and raised its free storage space to 5GB. And because of several bug fixes and improvements, the site is supposed to be faster and more reliable.
SkyDrive allows you to store files for personal use, share them with selected friends or throw them on the web for everyone to access.
When you "Create a folder to share with friends", you'll be able to select people from you Windows Live Messenger contact list (your Windows Live Contacts to be precise) and choose whether they'll be readers (read-only) or editors (view/add/change/delete permissions). So far so good, but that's where the Messenger tie-in stops. From then on, you have to send e-mails to notify your contacts of the shared goodies. Blatantly missing from this final release is a simple "Send link via IM" option.
If the developers would just add that (and remove the 50MB individual filesize limit) we could get rid of those confusing Sharing folders in Messenger altogether and have SkyDrive replace the feature. And it's likely they're working on this already.
*Great Britain, India, United States, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.
If you don't upgrade your 8.5 Beta, Microsoft will (UPDATED)
dwergs says ( 20 Feb 2008 ):
The final version of Windows Live Messenger 8.5 has been out since November and Microsoft thinks it's about time everybody still using earlier builds upgraded to it. The mass-upgrade will be staged in two phases, says Jura on the Inside Windows Live Messenger blog:
"First, everyone running Windows XP or Windows Vista will get a prompt encouraging you to upgrade. When you accept the upgrade, the new unified installer will launch and start upgrading Messenger. While itís installing, youíll have the option to download and install other Windows Live applications. You donít have to take any of them, but we think youíll like them and hope youíll give them a try. It will take a couple of weeks for us to get this upgrade out to all users, so if you donít get it right away donít worry, itís coming. If you donít want to wait, you can go to http://get.live.com/messenger/overview to download and install Messenger 8.5 right now.What about those running Windows XP 64-bit or Windows 2003 Server? Since
After everyoneís gotten the optional upgrade, those of you still running a beta version of Messenger 8.5 will receive a required upgrade to the final version. When this phase kicks in youíll be blocked from logging in until you complete the upgrade. The final version is even better and more stable than the beta versions, we want you to have the best experience possible!"
Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1302 the unified Windows Live Installer does not support these operating systems, you will not be required to upgrade. Instead, Jura recommends uninstalling any 8.5 Beta from these systems and downgrade to Windows Live Messenger 8.1. Now doesn't that sound a bit like "sorry guys, you chose the wrong OS!"...
UPDATE: Immediately after posting this, I received a few comments from Messers that are succesfully running the final build of Windows Live Messenger 8.5 on their Windows XP 64-bit and 2003 Server installations. So I rephrased the sentence which said Messenger does not support these operating systems to state that the unified instaler -which performs the upgrades- doesn't.
It's even more appalling to find out that certain Microsoft products cannot run on the company's own operating systems simply because they want to bundle their Windows Live software. Fortunately for the victims of this decision, we already linked to the standalone setup files for Messenger 8.5 when we debuted the final version hours ahead of Microsoft. And rest assured, it'll run on your "exotic" OS ;)
Break the ice, slap an eskimo friend
dwergs says ( 18 Feb 2008 ):
People who loved mIRC's /slap command will be pleased with Fishticuffs, a new Windows Live Messenger game that allows you to slap contacts around with a large trout.
Very akin to that other fighting game for Messenger, Big Monster Battle, you have to choose an attack and defense move up to three times. The damage you cause during the fisticuff depends on the size of the fish you're able to angle. Nice extras include a custom victory cry, different bait that becomes available depending on the number of wins, and ranking table widgets for Bebo and Facebook.
In just a few weeks time, Fishticuffs has been played about 400.000 times already, and we're now making the originally UK-only game available to Messers from the rest of the world.
>> Play Fishticuffs through our Messenger Games Launcher.
>> Of course, I can't resist pointing to Monty Python's fish slapping dance.
Windows Live Messenger most engaging app in UK
dwergs says ( 18 Feb 2008 ):
From Digital Media Europe:
Nielsen Online, a service of the Netherlands-based information and media company The Nielsen Company, has released a study of online behaviour in the UK, rating sites by popularity, growth and audience behaviour.
According to the study, Google Search, MSN/Windows Live Messenger and eBay were the most popular and most heavily used single web services across 2007. Britons in total averaged 2.8 bln minutes on MSN/Windows Live Messenger each month, making it the most engaging website/application, overall, in 2007 in the UK.
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