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 Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies
Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies

dwergs says ( 11 Apr 2009 ):

 

Easter Egg Emoticons for Windows Live MessengerMicrosoft Germany released two Messenger theme packs just in time for Easter 2009. FYI: depending on where you live, that's either tomorrow or next weekend. They're both small packs, but the quality of the images is up to par.

The first theme pack includes three, tattood Easter eggs wearing sunshades (one sad, one winking and one laughing). The second pack features a crazy cartoon-version of the Easter bunny and includes 6 emoticons, 2 conversation window backgrounds and 3 display pictures. All of them quite chocolaty.

Easter Bunny Emoticons for Windows Live Messenger>> Download Easter Theme Pack #1 (German)
>> Download Easter Theme Pack #2 (German)

Note that both packs are German but they're compatible with any version of Messenger. If you don't want to set your default browser settings (homepage and search) to live.de, uncheck the two options (under the ToS) on the second screen of the theme pack installer.



 Microsoft gets clumsy with Messenger, twice
Microsoft gets clumsy with Messenger, twice

dwergs says ( 10 Apr 2009 ):

 

A few days ago, Microsoft accidentally spammed (or "spimmed") an unknown number of Windows Live Messenger users with the request to change their e-mail address in order to continue using the instant messaging service. The message came from messenger@microsoft.com and looked like this in English (but it was sent out in multiple languages depending on your Live ID settings):

Windows Live(TM) Messenger Service Staff says:
Important service announcement: As part of a recent system enhancement, we need you to change your e-mail address to continue signing in to the Windows Live(TM) Messenger Service.

To ensure that your access is not blocked and to learn more, go to http://support.microsoft.com/gp/Messenger/en"
If you received this, do not worry because it was all a mistake. From the Windows Live team blog:

"We sincerely apologize, but this was accidentally sent out. If you received this notification today, please ignore it. You will be able to continue to use your current e-mail address, and there is no reason to make any changes.

If you have already clicked the link, there is no harm to you. You should have been told that your “Windows Live ID can’t be changed at this time” because there is no need for the change.
"
These kind of notifications are only used for urgent issues like -how ironic- spam situations, and somebody at Microsoft pushed the wrong buttons. I bet that link got heaps of hits per second.

And just last night, the Windows Live Messenger service was temporarily unavailable to a large number of users, along with Windows Live Hotmail. A networking issue encountered while doing routine maintenance seems to be the cause. I just wish they'd announce planned downtimes or at least be more specific in the error message when it happens.



 Let in the Crazy Creatures!
Let in the Crazy Creatures!

dwergs says ( 07 Apr 2009 ):

 

Crazy Creatures Emoticon Pack for Windows Live MessengerThe Pas Si Bęte emoticon pack released by MSN France about a year ago, has recently gone international under the new Crazy Creatures header. The ten included animated emoticons are five pairs of imaginary creatures designed by a Belgian artist named Clotilde Goubely, who started creating her universe of weird animals about three years ago. Visit her blog to enter the world of crazy creatures...

>> Download the Crazy Creatures pack (English).

Crazy Creatures Emoticon Pack for Windows Live Messenger


>> Download the Crazy Creatures theme pack as released to countries: Tierchen (Germany), Criaturas Loucas (Portugal), Kule Kryp (Norway), Crazy Creatures (Belgium - Dutch), Crazy Creatures (Netherlands - Dutch), Crazy Creatures (South Africa - English), and the original: Pas Si Bętes (France).



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