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 Whats that you say? More applications at Worlds Best App?
Whats that you say? More applications at Worlds Best App?

Zero1 says ( 03 Nov 2005 ):


You may remember a few days ago we posted about Microsoft's Worlds Best Application competition. Some people may have won the bonus prizes but the competition is not over!

This week we see the addition of seven new activities.

First on the games front is Scissor Stone Paper. Most people will know this classic game where you must choose either Rock, Paper or Scissors, each of which is stronger or weaker against the other weapons (UPDATE: Also check out our emoticons version of this popular game).

Next is Memory, a card game where you must flip over cards in a grid and remember the locations of different picture cards.

The next game is Flip it!. In this game a card is drawn from the pack and players take it in turns to guess whether the next card is going to be higher or lower, first to ten correct guesses wins. Note: Ace is low!

Played Memory and found it too easy? Well, how about giving Memory with numbers a go. This activity follows the same routine as Memory but instead of pictures there are numbers.

Finally there is Buzzword Bingo. In this game you must 'check off the over-used words faster than long-winded speakers can dish them out'.

Next we have the non-games.

First up we have Let's Solve Sudoku. In this activity you join forces with your contact to conquer the mighty sudoku board. For those of you who don’t know what Sudoku is here is a short explanation by the author of this activity:

"Originating in Japan in its current form, Sudoku consists of a 9x9 grid, further divided into a 3x3 subgrid with a few numbers thrown in. The challenge? Fill each of the blank boxes in the rows, columns and 3x3 squares with digits from one to nine without repeating a single digit."

Finally we have Earthquakes, Past 7 Days. This activity shows an interactive map of the world showing the last week's earthquakes using data from the United States Geological Survey.

For those of you still developing applications or who haven’t started yet you still have more than a month left to finish, so keep them coming!

 Windows Live Messenger 8 Downloads
Windows Live Messenger 8 Downloads

Zero1 says ( 03 Nov 2005 ):


Following on from all the news and pretty pictures of Windows Live Messenger 8 we're sure you want to give it a try yourself. Maybe you have already tried and were given an error on attempting to sign in. Well, here is how to get Windows Live Messenger 8 to work for you!

First download a copy of WLM 8.

NOTE: This download is NOT a final version, let alone a BETA version (it hasnt been released yet), so there are still bugs present in it and no features in it are definate for a final version.

After installing Windows Live Messenger 8 you will find that you are unable to sign in. The workaround available for this is available here. Make sure this application is running by checking if there is a red or green circle in your system tray with the numbers “13″ in it after installation. After this has been done, simply start Windows Live Messenger 8 and sign in, you should now be able to log in!

NOTE: The Adverts supplied in this patch are not affiliated with microsoft.

 Exclusive: Windows Live Messenger 8 Screenshots
<b>Exclusive:</b> Windows Live Messenger 8 Screenshots

timothy says ( 02 Nov 2005 ):


Our big friends at messenger blog got their hands on the Windows Live Messenger 8 beta, and shared two exclusive screenshots with us.

>> Messenger 8 conversation window
>> Messenger 8 contact list

Update: more candy:

>> Playing Tankwars
>> Shared Folders
>> Edit Contact window
>> Offline Messaging
>> Settings window
>> Message history window
>> Contact list color settings
>> Contact list menu
>> List style 1 (big items)
>> List style 2 (small items with hoover)
>> Dynamic Backgrounds

>> Visit messenger blog

 Hot: A first look at Windows Live Messenger!
<b>Hot:</b> A first look at Windows Live Messenger!

Zero1 says ( 02 Nov 2005 ):


Earlier we announced the change Microsoft is about to make to MSN Messenger - Windows Live Messenger to version 8, and showed you some of the new features that will be present there. Well, it seems that some pictures of the new interface have been leaked to the internet from a demo that Bill Gates did earlier.[img]

These screenshots show a similar designed interface in terms of you still have a list of contacts, your friendly name, personal message and display picture at the top, but there are fundamental differences to the design of the elements, as well as a few new ones.

For example in this screenshot there is now a Top 10 list from MSN Videos just above the Search box, and there is now a 'Friends List' dialog.

In another screenshot here we can see intergration with Microsoft Office 2003 in a similar way to the old application NetMeeting, as well as a seemingly related bar at the top of the screen.

Another screenshot shows intergration between Windows Live Messenger and a Map system, supposedly showing the possibilities with Voice calling to a local resteraunt.

The final screenshot shows a much clearer view of the Windows Live Messenger interface.

Want to discuss the new interface? Why not check out the topic on the forum.

[Thanks to: Overdo]

 Hot: Windows Live Messenger details (MSN Messenger 8)
<b>Hot:</b> Windows Live Messenger details (MSN Messenger 8)

timothy says ( 01 Nov 2005 ):


We recently brought you the news about the new king in town, now we bring you the what’s new in Windows Live Messenger list:

  • Call your friends’ mobile or land-line telephones with Windows Live phone call, and make affordable domestic and international calls (voip returns!)

  • Easily share documents of all kinds with Sharing Folders

  • A new design !

Yes, stunningly that’s it for now but maybe they have a few more tricks up their sleeves. But this is how Microsoft describes the new features:

Voice calling? How will that work?
This feature will let users who sign up for Windows Live phone call (provided by a Microsoft partner) to easily call landline and mobile phones. You will be able to set up a Windows Live phone call account through the Messenger interface and start making calls within minutes. You will be able to purchase minutes upfront, then add minutes when your balance runs low. One of the great things about this will be the affordable domestic and international calls you will be able to make.
You will still be able to make PC-to-PC calls for free, with no need to sign up for Windows Live phone call account, so long as you and your Messenger contact both have compatible speakers and microphones (or headsets).

What are Sharing Folders?
Sharing Folders will be a new and simple way for you to share personal photos, documents, and files with your Messenger contacts. You will be able to create a Sharing Folder by simply dragging files onto a contact name in Messenger. This will create an exact copy of the files on both you and your contact's computers, and create a Sharing Folder that can be accessed from Messenger, and on the desktop.

I can already share documents using e-mail. So what's the big deal?
The Sharing Folder will be easier than e-mail for sharing photos and documents. In a Sharing Folder, any time a file in the folder is added, modified, or deleted, those changes will be synchronized with the person you’re sharing with. The Sharing File icon in Messenger will also show you a gleam on a contact so you will know when a Sharing File has been updated. And it’s a simple drag-and-drop to share files, even simpler than the “send file” and “save as” functions you are already familiar with in Messenger.
The Sharing Folders will work pretty much like the PC folder experience you already know, so it will make sense right away. Just like in Windows, you will be able to drag-and-drop, get different views of files, copy, paste, etc. You will be able to access a Sharing Folder from your desktop, to manage files whether online or offline. And a Sharing Folder requires virtually zero setup or configuration, and efficiently handles file synchronization without any fuss.

>> Read all about it at

 Hot: MSN Messenger is dead, all hail Windows Live Messenger
<b>Hot:</b> MSN Messenger is dead, all hail Windows Live Messenger

timothy says ( 01 Nov 2005 ):


Yes, you did not misread the title, MSN Messenger is no more! The next version of MSN Messenger will no longer be called MSN Messenger 8 but will go under the name Windows Live Messenger 8.

Now the first question that probably will rise to your mind is why?!?!:

To make a very long story short, Microsoft is re-branding its major sections. On one side you will have the MSN section, and the other hand you will have the Live section, consisting out of Office Live, Mail (previously hotmail) and Windows Live Messenger.

And your next question will probably be what ?!?:

Apart from the name change the butterfly will retire, and the new client is going to be even more integrated with Mail, Search, Media Player and Office. The user interface is also getting a make-over and is going to be much like the new mail look.

We will keep you up to date on any more wicked changes.

>> Source: MSN.. eeh Windows Live Team Blog

>> Read more on the Office Live branding at Neowin

>> Visit our topic on the forum

Thanks to a lot of people for reporting this.

 Fake MSN Messenger 8 versions on the loose
Fake MSN Messenger 8 versions on the loose

timothy says ( 01 Nov 2005 ):


In the last couple of days we get an awful lot of mails and forum posts about wannabe MSN Messenger 8 versions:

There is no such thing as an MSN Messenger 8 Beta available yet!

If you download one of these fake versions from the Internet you probably wind up with a skinned Spanish Messenger 7.5, a Chinese Messenger 7.0 or a virus that wipes out your hard drive. Trust me, you don't want those (unless you're a Spanish-speaking Chinese sadomasochist).

If the real beta does show up you will be the first to read it over here at

 Halloween at
Halloween at

timothy says ( 30 Oct 2005 ):


halloween display picturesHalloween is coming and to celebrate it we bring you a big pile of messenger candy. Want the perfect costume for your nickname? Disguise yourself with our nickname generators:

>> nickname generators
>> Pirate names
>> Harry Potter names
>> Hacker names

Suffering from identity problems since you have been bit by that werewolf next door? Consult our Encyclopedia of Name Meanings. Found a perfect name and consulted our wise encyclopedia about your identity? Its time to get a visual disguise too with our ghostly display pictures and undead emoticons.

Halloween Costumes!>> Halloween display pictures (not for the faint of heart)
>> The Ring MSN Display Pictures
>> Horror MSN Display Pictures
>> Horror MSN Emoticons
>> Alien Emoticon Font
>> Blood Emoticon Font
>> Harry Potter Emoticon Font

>> Halloween Screensavers

 Mail Beta - gone public
Mail Beta - gone public

timothy says ( 30 Oct 2005 ):


For about a week the new Hotmail beta went public. We received a lot of questions from Messers about how to get this beta. If you did sign up a few months ago on the Microsoft Connect page, you probably will find this button on top of your Hotmail page:

mail beta

If you did not sign up: tough luck buddy.

 MSN Messenger 8 Beta will probably not have support for Yahoo messenger
MSN Messenger 8 Beta will probably not have support for Yahoo messenger

timothy says ( 30 Oct 2005 ):


Most people expect the next version of MSN Messenger will feature support for Yahoo Messenger. Our friend Patchou pointed out that this probably won't be the case:

I found something that definitively eliminates that possibility: on the blog of the French MSN team, they clearly say that this will take place during Summer 2006.

Because the beta test of MSN Messenger 8 is scheduled for next month, this could only mean two things: it will be a long beta that goes on for more then half a year, or this feature will just be added in another version (8.1 anyone?).

 Dutch Newspaper creates worlds first official newsbot
Dutch Newspaper creates worlds first official newsbot

timothy says ( 30 Oct 2005 ):


After launching world’s first job search for MSN Messenger, “De Volkskrant” one of the biggest newspapers in the Netherlands is launching world's first official newsbot. The bot provides the user 10 minutes after they log in with the latest news. It also features articles, a news archive and news videos.

>> Sign up for Nieuwskraker (Netherlands only)

Click Here!

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