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  • Import Outlook PST into Windows Mail

    I've been asked recently how to import an Outlook PST file into Windows Mail and I thought it would be worth sharing how to do this. I headed over to the Windows Mail forums (part of the Windows Vista community) to see if there were any solutions already...
  • Live Sync, Live Mesh, SkyDrive and why patience is a virtue

    There has been some confusion recently about conflicting products and services coming out of the Windows Live group.  There’s a good explanation for the confusion but first to give some context. Last week the FolderShare team both rebranded and launched...
  • Holy Cow it’s Mix 09!

    I’m not even at PDC yet and we get an internal email telling us about Mix 09 registration opening for March in Las Vegas! No time for breathing I guess! Don’t miss the build up by connecting and mixing it up: Become a fan on Facebook Stay connected on...
  • LiveWIM using customized sign-in pages for Live ID

    I blogged last week about the new documentation available for customizing the registration and sigin-in pages for Live ID and we’re already starting to see some examples in the wild. LiveWIM , a site for tracking your whereabouts and letting your friends...
  • Live Services How Do I Videos

    Now in embedded flavor right here on the blog, enjoy: If you can see this, your browser doesn't understand IFRAME If you can see this, your browser doesn't understand IFRAME
  • Get Office Communicator in Outlook

    Julian (the UC and Exchange guru in my team) send around a link to an add-in for Outlook that allows the tight integration of Office Communicator.  Now I can click to call or IM anyone really quickly from Outlook without having to open up the Office...
  • Running Mesh Beta Client at the same time as Live Framework CTP Client

    For those of you who are busy developing applications for Mesh using Live Framework, you will be aware of the problem that until now you couldn’t run the Mesh Beta Client at the same time as the Live Framework CTP.  Fortunately, we’ve put together...
  • Farewell Technet!

    I'm moving home to a new blog at www.jamessenior.com ! This move also represents a rebrand for both myself and my content but more explained in my first post: Welcome from Microsoft's Social Web Guy! It has been an emotional three years on the TechNet...
  • Custom Branding for Live ID authentication and Data Portability

    We announced a couple of cool things today on the back of Safer Internet Day which was yesterday and the Open ID UX summit which took place in Silicon Valley too.  Custom Branding for Live ID Authentication Legitimate developer libraries for moving...
  • PDC 2008 in Stats

    Countdown@PDC: Day 4 Recap Mike Swanson, Jennifer Ritzinger and their teams did an absolutely amazing job on PDC 2008.  I’ve just been watching their closing thoughts on PDC and they gave out some interesting stats! Running a conference like this...
  • Brazil rocking Windows 1.01

    Well their website for their IT Pro/Developer event is anyway! Check it out here!  Way retro! Nice work guys. http://www.puertadeenlace.net/run09/ Oh and check out the Silverlight version of Windows 7 too…
  • Customize Live ID Sign in and Registration experience

    One of the biggest bits of feedback from customers that use Live ID on their website is that the Live ID sign-in and registration experiences should be customizable so that instead of a Windows Live brand and look and feel, the user gets a look and feel...
  • Live Mesh is now in BETA

    We just released a new version of the Mesh Client for PC that is now BETA. Great work to all the team. Mesh should be updating very soon for you. Enjoy. If you haven’t already got the Live Mesh Client for PC then get over to www.mesh.com and download...
  • The types of devices in Live Mesh

    One of my favorite sessions at PDC 2008 was Jeremy Mazner’s talk on the “Future of the Device Mesh”.  It really helped to show the full potential of Live Mesh as a platform and how with interest and adoption from hardware manufacturers, the possibilities...
  • Interesting Media Center Stats

    Paul has some interesting stats about Media Center following CES last week: CES is the first consumer showcase of Windows Media Center in Windows 7 .  Windows 7 includes a number of enhancements for Windows Media Center, including the new Electronic...
  • Live Services Jumpstart Training Videos

    Couldn’t make it to the Live Services Jumpstart training earlier this year?  Don’t fret, we’ve just published the recordings from these sessions on the Live Services Developer Portal. Go download, learn, enjoy and create wonderful things: http:/...
  • Extending the Mesh Cloud

    One of the common questions I’ve been getting from developers and IT guys about Mesh is how we are planning to get the infrastructure, storage and platform in Mesh delivered in an on-premise scenario so that individuals or businesses can take advantage...
  • Imagine a killer Live Services app – win a pass to Mix09

    This year I’m in the privileged position of being involved in possibly the greatest conference the world has ever seen.  Yes, I’m talking about Mix09 – Microsoft’s annual web conference held at the Venetian in Las Vegas.  This year’s conference...
  • Importing Outlook Express DBX files into Windows Vista

    I received a question from a user who had recently upgraded from XP and they wanted to know how to import their Outlook Express DBX files into the Vista and the new email client called Windows Mail. The Outlook Express files in question are DBX files...
  • Live Messenger: our network is your network

    I was doing some background reading on Live Messenger today via Wikipedia and it said that the first version of messenger (then MSN Messenger) came out in 1999! wow that seems so long ago, and look how much has changed since then! Above – Messenger then...
  • Announcing the Live Framework Explorer for Visual Studio

    At PDC back in October we launched the Live Framework into CTP and with that we provided a cool tool called the Live Framework Resource Model Browser which you could use to explore the data that you stored in the Mesh.  The tool was good but limited...
  • Social Bookmarking Plugin

    Thanks to Scott who pointed out a rather tasty plugin for Live Writer that adds Social Bookmarking tags to your blog post automatically - nice. This chap is responsible for it and the first thing I did was modify the text files that come with it to include...
  • Crazy Olympic Silverlight Stats

    Came across this cool article on eWeek about the online coverage by NBC of the Olympics powered by Microsoft Silverlight , there are some pretty mind-boggling statistics about the use throughput of data and the number of downloads of the plugin. ...
  • (Belated) Happy 25th Birthday Mac

    I’ve been meaning to say happy birthday to the Apple Mac for the past few weeks and finally got round to it.  Apple were a part of my life from an early age (my dad worked in the UK office) and as kids growing up we got our grubby paws on all sorts...
  • ComScore Internet Stats

    Computerworld reported today that the number of visitors to internet sites has risen to 1 billion.  Here’s the lowdown: The Google family of sites led all online properties in December, with 777.9 million visitors, comScore reported. Microsoft was...