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Sites Wednesday, 6 July 2011-Hotmail’s 15th birthday-Xbox 360 cloud storage-Messenger+students-Live Photo Gallery’s Fuse-Space shuttle memories-Month in space

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Sites Sunday, 3 July 2011-Dare’s comments on Google Plus-New Messenger for mobile-New apps on Windows Phone marketplace-Twitter returning to Windows Live-Games for Windows Marketplace+Xbox-Tour de France map

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Sites Thursday, 16 June 2011-Phone scam warning-Eclipse photos-Japan after the quake (photos)-Stay creative-Facebook users trustworthy-Rushworth steam traction engine

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Sites Saturday, 4 June 2011-Windows 8 previews-Xbox LIVE and Kinect news-Xbox LIVE Diamond-Month in Space (photos)-Isle of Man TT

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Sites Wednesday, 25 May 2011-First look at WinPhone Mango-New Skydrive sneak look-Murchison photosynth-How to remove MacDefender malware

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Sites Wednesday, 9 March 2011-Project Gustav-Live Photo Gallery plugins-Messenger #2 Facebook app-Live Writer-OneNote update-VB+WP7-Bing Maps tips

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New features in Hotmail and Office Web Apps-webDotWiz Online Sep 30 2010

Over the past week or so, the Windows Live team have announced several new updates to Live Hotmail and the Office Web Apps. The features in Hotmail will appear over the next few weeks so don’t be surprised if you don’t have them immediately.

Hotmail attachments size increased

Previously when using the Attachment option to attach photos or documents to an email, there was a total size limit of 10 Mb. That size will be increase to 25Mb when the new features roll out worldwide.

As well, we’ll all be able to send an email with up to 10Gb of photos attached (up to now this feature was limited to the U.S.). This will work by informing you as you attach photos that the 25Mb limit has been reached and offer the alternative of creating a temporary folder for you on your Live Skydrive into which photos will be uploaded and an email sent to your intended recipient containing a link to the folder. You can change permissions on this folder and the time for which the folder will exist (90 days is the default).

Hotmail folders and sub-folders

It soon became obvious in some cases that the Sweep function had limitations. For example, you receive newsletters from a car magazine and the newsletters alternate from news about different cars each week. You want to automatically send each newsletter about each type of car to its own folder and now you’ll be able to by creating sub-folders under your Newsletter folder, for example, and so fine tune your archive of newsletters.

Chat with Facebook friends

Later in the year we’ll be able to chat with our Facebook friends from Live Messenger (on the desktop) or from Live Web Messenger while in Hotmail or any other Live web service page (such as Live Photos). We’re already able to chat with our Windows Live friends from both Live Messenger and Web Messenger with messages appearing in both Messengers. While you’re working on your email, access Web Messenger by signing in after you click on Messenger from any of your Windows Live web pages, such as Hotmail.

Note that you’re able to send IMs to any of your Facebook friends from Live Messenger – simply hover over their contact name and the option Send message (Facebook) will pop up.

Viewing videos in Hotmail

If you receive an email from a friend with a YouTube or Hulu video embedded in the message, you can view the video directly from within Hotmail. Soon emails containing videos from DailyMotion and Justin.tv will also be viewable in Hotmail.

Office Web Apps

The Office Web Apps consist of online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The best part is that these applications are free for Windows Live users and you don’t need to purchase a version of desktop Office. The Office Web Apps don’t have all the feautures of the full desktop versions in Office 2010 but they’re more than adequate.

One of their prime features is that you can easily share documents with your fellow Windows Live friends without having to resort to the old-fashioned way of emailing documents as attachments. If you don’t want to share, then take advantage of being able to access your Office Web App documents wherever and whenever you have internet access.

You’ll know you have Office Web Apps enabled when you go to Office from any of your Windows Live web services pages such as Hotmail and you see the four icons for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in the top right of the Office Live page.

There have been some updates in the past couple of days including the option now to open a web app document in your desktop version of Office. As well, the print function in the Office Web Apps is more easily found and it’s included in edit mode as well as view mode.

The Excel web app now enables you to insert different types of charts into your online spreadshet; under the Insert menu you’ll find options for column, line, pie, bar, area, scatter and others. As well you can now use the auto fill handler just as in desktop Excel.

In the PowerPoint web app there are more styles from which to choose and new ones will become available from the Office.com libray. Also we can now insert clip art from the huge clip art library on Office.com.

Finally Excel and PowerPoint web apps can be embedded in web pages and blog posts.

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Let Live Messenger Social do the work-webDotWiz Online column-Nov 11 2011

Back in September one of webDotWiz’s column was titled Live Messenger, our people app. Since then Windows Live users have begun to see how Messenger Social makes life so much easier.

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Want to write something on your Facebook wall? Simply fill in your text message in Messenger’s share pane at the top of the Live Messenger window and click Share.

 

 

Want to send a private message (PM/IM) to one of your friends on Windows Live or Facebook? Hover over their name on your list of friends, choose Send IM, type your message and press Enter.

Want to tell everybody you’ve put your holiday photos online? Just upload your photos to your Live Photos/Skydrive online and your Windows Live and Facebook friends (if you’ve connected your Windows Live account to your Facebook account) will be notified automatically.

Have friends on Facebook with whom you want to keep in contact and share photos and other activities but they don’t want to join Windows Live? Once you’ve connected your Facebook account with your Windows Live account, they’ll get access to your photo albums and other activities whenever you add new albums and content online from your Windows Live account.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can download Windows Live Essentials 2011 from download.live.com (which redirects to explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials) and you’ll then have the latest version of Live Messenger.

Windows XP users can check they have the latest version of Live Essentials for XP by going to the same address. However, the latest version of Live Essentials for XP was released last May and you won’t have the latest features of Messenger Social that Vista and Windows 7 users enjoy. You’ll have to use your Windows Live Home page at home.live.com to  keep your friends up to date and see their activities. A tip: use the text pane in the header of your Windows Live Home web page to let your Live and Facebook friends know what you’re up to.

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You can easily check which services you’ve connected to your Windows Live ID by going to your profile page (there’s a link on every Live page at the top right or go to profile.live.com and sign in if necessary) and looking on the left-side of the page under Connected to for the Manage link. If you want to connect your Windows Live ID with other services, click the Connect link. You may be surprised to see how services that can be connected and if you’re a member of any of these, connect them so you have access from one place, namely Live Messenger Social.

 

 

 

Messenger Companion

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This service is installed with the install of Live Essentials 2011 and you probably didn’t know you had it. When you find a site or web page that you’d like to recommend to your friends, simply go to Tools in Internet Explorer 8 or use Ctrl+Shift+C to bring up the sharing pane. You’ll have to sign in, then, if you want, you can write a sentence or two, or simply click Share.

All your Windows Live friends will be automatically notified and if you’ve connected your Facebook to Windows Live, your friends on Facebook will also be notified that you think this web page is worth looking at.

You might come across a site that has the Messenger badge with some text such as Share via Messenger. Clicking this link brings up the Messenger Companion, just as Ctrl+Shift+C does. For example, Liveside.net and webDotWiz’s latest links page have the Messenger badge.

Migrating your Live Space to WordPress

The migration process is automatic and you only need to make sure you connect your new WordPress site to your Windows Live ID so we all get notified when you add new content.

What can be a time-consuming task is to choose a theme from all those that WordPress offers. However, WordPress helps out by enabling you to do a preview of what your site looks like with any theme to try. So take your time and you’ll eventually find the theme that suits you best.

GenieChene thinks these themes are worth considering: Solipsus (e.g. cheniechene.wordpress.com), Andreas 04, Chaotic Soul, Flower Power and Koi Theme (e.g. see glorialennoxmyblog.wordpress.com). webDotWiz has changed over to the zBench theme just introduced a week or two ago.

Now that it’s not so convenient for friends who aren’t on Windows Live or Facebook to view photo albums, use Live Writer to insert an album and post to your site. For a good example to achieve this, see JBMurch Travel.

WordPress has an online new page creator and it’s quite good for posting text. However if you want to post photos and photo albums to your WordPress site, it’s much better to use Live Writer 2011 so, if you haven’t already, set up your WordPress blog account in Live Writer.

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Sites Tuesday, 16 November 2010-Windows 7+Windows Live-Office Web Apps+Facebook Messages-Games coming to Live Messenger

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Sites Sunday, 14 November 2010-Live Messenger coming to TV-Space photos from paper plane-Spelling tests using Excel

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