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 Microsoft thinks you're stupid, reverts to Hotmail brand.
Microsoft thinks you're stupid, reverts to Hotmail brand.

dwergs says ( 09 Feb 2007 ):

 

Richard Sim, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft, has announced that their updated webmail service will eventually be called Windows Live Hotmail instead of Windows Live Mail. And why? To avoid confusing longtime users during the transition.

The service's second name change already sparked a lot of criticism from the blogosphere and I somewhat agree. After all, everyone of us survived the Windows Live Messenger retitling, didn't we? And we were okay as soon as we saw our contact list preserved in the new application, so doesn't that count the same for our inbox?

[Reported by: Camsta, Khysen & Alex P]



 New in CustoMess: Elegantly Wasted backgrounds
New in CustoMess: Elegantly Wasted backgrounds

dwergs says ( 09 Feb 2007 ):

 

customess backgrounds packIt's been shamefully long since we last added a free pack to CustoMess, especially in the backgrounds category. Thing is, of all possible customization in MSN/Windows Live Messenger, conversation window backgrounds appear to be the least popular. Nobody can resist the occasional use of an emoticon and the standard Display Pictures are too dull to keep. But conversation windows (maybe with a little help from Mess Patch) look good just the way they are, don't you think?

Maybe our new Elegantly Wasted pack will change your mind? Designed with the dimensions and structure of the conversation window in mind, these 18 backgrounds show elements of nature in a clash with ink drops, paint splatter and coffee stains. Perfect for both your cultivated and grimy conversations!

CustoMess is Mess.be's completely adware/spyware/cost-free automatic importer for top quality MSN/Windows Live Messenger content.

>> Download CustoMess for MSN/Windows Live Messenger

>> Download CustoMess for MSN/Windows Live Messenger from Download.com.

We're always looking for fresh, high-quality and original content for CustoMess. If you're a gfx pro and want to show off your talent, please send us your emoticons, display pics and/or backgrounds at the address below.



 Japan doesn't need Windows Live Messenger
Japan doesn't need Windows Live Messenger

dwergs says ( 08 Feb 2007 ):

 

On Monday when I gave the average number of contacts in 9 countries around the world, I was quite astonished by the extremely low average for Japan. japanese flag display pictureTwo Japanese Messers explained to me that the Japanese are heavy cell phones users instead. They can use it for just about anything including IM thanks to the broad availibility and versatility of I-mode in Japan, an online service offered by NTT-Docomo.

the_bohemian added that he has 368 contacts himself (what else did you expect from a Messer?) but then again he doesn't live in Japan and I-mode never really catched on in the rest of the world, did it?

Having heard this, I'm now wondering: how come Morrocan users have three times the global average of contacts? Are cell phones too expensive in their country? Do they have many friends and family living abroad? Inhabitants of the "Kingdom of Morocco", I'm listening!

[Reported by: Ivee & the_bohemian]



 Incesoft Bot Platform still instable after earthquake disruption
Incesoft Bot Platform still instable after earthquake disruption

dwergs says ( 08 Feb 2007 ):

 

The post-Christmas earthquake near Taiwan didn't just cut off many Asian users from MSN/Windows Live Messenger, it also silenced many Messenger bots built on the Incesoft platform including Invasion of the Robots prize winners Mother Nature and Comtec Travel Bot. Even though the oceanic cables are practically repaired now, the affected bots still return an annoying "sorry, service provider offline!" message most of the time. More than a month after the problems arised, some amateur bot developers have already turned to alternative platforms while others are patiently waiting for improvement.

Incesoft was unable to reach for comment at the time of writing but we've learned that they're optimizing their US server and about to set up another server in Europe.

The Pro version of Incesoft's Bot Platform is available free of charge. There's also a paid Enterprise version which enables twice as much features.



 Windows Mobile 6 pre-announced
Windows Mobile 6 pre-announced

dwergs says ( 08 Feb 2007 ):

 

A French news source breached the NDA (non-windows mobile 6 windows live messengerdisclosure agreement) on Windows Mobile 6 and so Microsoft was forced to announce the latest details on the new operating system for Smarthpones and Pocket PCs a week earlier than planned. As a result, screenshots and brief reviews are popping up all over the blogosphere today. A few links:

>> Windows Mobile 6 (Standard) in pictures by Engadget.
>> Blog and screenshots by The Mobile Gadgeteer.
>> An overview by Geek.com
>> Read the review by Jaap van Ekris.

On the Windows Live Messenger front there's nothing we didn't previously report. The ability to send Voice clips and camphone pictures on the fly, the Windows Live ID (Messenger dashboard) integration on the Today screen, group conversations, etc. They're all huge improvements over the current client and will definitely lead to more outdoor "Messing".

The first devices running Windows Mobile 6 are expected to ship worldwide by the second quarter of 2007. More details are still expected to be revealed next Monday at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona.



 Fix for IMProfile.net virus: rofl @ you no more!
Fix for IMProfile.net virus: rofl @ you no more!

dwergs says ( 07 Feb 2007 ):

 

Messers Fool2cool, Fox3h and sypherknife warned us about yet another fairly new but rising worm that attempts to spread itself by sending one of the following messages (or something similar) over MSN/Windows Live Messenger:

rofl @ you http://www.improfile.net/members[cut]
i hope this isn't you http://s2.improfile.net/members[cut]
emo http://www.improfile.net/members[cut]
I'm not sure if it's been recognised by anti-virus software vendors already, so I'm glad to have found a removal tool created by Kelvin from Yandao.com specifically for removing this improfile.net bugger.

>> Download impFix.



 Download your FREE cricket MeeGo
Download your FREE cricket MeeGo

dwergs says ( 06 Feb 2007 ):

 

download your free meego for messenger3 Mobile Ashes are a cricket series between Australia and England and were played between November 23rd '06 and January 5th '07. Australia won the series and regained the Ashes that had been lost to England in the 2005 Ashes series.

I know as much about cricket as I do about palaeontology, so forgive me for not telling you sports fans about the three_cricket_buddy@hotmail.com Messenger bot (now offline), but I did find an active promotional link to a free Meego builder that allows you to create a custom Dynamic Display Picture with 9 moods. You have to choose your garderobe and extras from 3 Mobile Ashes-branded material (plus a few Australian goodies) but you can easily de-select them and create a basic male/female Meego avatar resembling yourself.

>> Get your free 3 Mobile Ashes Series Meego here (Passport/Live ID sign-in required).



 Messenger team shares somes facts and numbers
Messenger team shares somes facts and numbers

dwergs says ( 05 Feb 2007 ):

 

The Windows Live Messenger team has been blogging some interesting facts and numbers lately about their software product and its worldwide usage. For instance, as of January 2007 the average number of addresses on a contact list is 66.4. Geographically seen however, this average is way more diversified:

Morocco: 202.8 contacts (three times the average!)
Brazil: 97.2
United Kingdom: 80.3
Canada: 68.9
--global average: 66.4--
France: 52.8
China: 47.9
United States: 45.7
South-Korea: 34.6
Japan: 13.2 (1/5th of the average!)

Personally, I have more of a Moroccan-style contact list on my main account, as probably lots of you do. In a poll we held at Mess.be in December 2002, we found that most of our visitors had (the back then maximum of) 150 contacts. So what on Earth's up with Japan? Are the Japanese really that strict in who to allow on their list or not? Or are they likely to use seperate accounts for different purposes? I mean, with a population of 128 million people I refuse to believe they're just loners... Someone from the land of the rising sun, report!

Talking about millions of people, the Messenger server reached a major milestone a few weeks ago with more 30,000,000 users logged in from around the world at the exact same time. Can you imagine? Thirty million equals the entire population of Canada.

Finally, Justin explains the sign-in process of Windows Live Messenger: recent improvement efforts, what can go wrong and -maybe most importantly- what to do when something goes wrong.



 Unforced 8.1 Beta to Final update
Unforced 8.1 Beta to Final update

dwergs says ( 05 Feb 2007 ):

 

Those still on the latest working 8.1 Beta (build 168) will be greeted with an update prompt next time they sign in. The message incorrectly claims there's a new Windows Live Messenger BETA and the dialog prompt links to an outdated What's new page, but obviously it concerns a yet unforced update to Windows Live Messenger 8.1.0178 released last week.

windows live messenger 8.1 update

>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Final.

>> Download Mess Patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Final.



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