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Microsoft Account Gets More Secure with Two Factor Authorization
ICYMI, your Microsoft Account will get more secure as the team rolls out a new upgrade which includes two-step verification, as noted on the Bing newswire . This will improve the security of the devices and services currently used by more than 700 million people worldwide, including Windows PCs, Phones...
17 Apr 2013
Curious how to back up your PC? There are a few free options via Windows Live
Listening to you're a local radio show today en route between building on our shuttle this morning about backing up your PC, I thought I'd note that a number of firms offer free and commercial options to back up your PCs. Microsoft does offer free ways for consumers to do this: Back up Office documents...
18 Jan 2011
How to access your bookmarks on Windows Phone 7
As I noted in my post with tips on moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7 , I also touched on how to sync several files, including the backing up of my iPhone's browser bookmarks. I failed to note how I access my favourites on Windows Phone 7, which I do via the power of Windows Live. (There...
26 Nov 2010
Thinking about joining a new club? Take a look at the Windows Clubhouse
Groucho Marx famously said… "I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member." Well, there's an exception to every rule. I found such an exception in the Windows Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is a community where you can connect with other members and help people learn how to use...
9 May 2009
Windows Mobile My Phone (no, it's not "MyPhone") beta site debuts. Sign up soon available soon?
I just saw that the new Microsoft Windows Mobile "My Phone" site (or is it myPhone? ;) went live… "Coming soon... Microsoft My Phone syncs information between your mobile phone and the web, enabling you to: Back up and restore your phone's information to a password-protected web site Access...
7 Feb 2009
Your questions: what do I like about Windows 7? For starters, I add Windows Live Apps
I saw a tweet about the post today from microsoftsubnet on the Seven things to love, hate about Windows 7 by Tom Henderson and Brendan Allen in Network World (01/15/09, See http://tinyurl.com/9ropqp ). First off, hate is much too strong a word IMO. Perhaps they could've termed it "Seven things...
15 Jan 2009
The new year rings in another bonus: a rise in bogus electronic greeting cards
It's that time of year again when fake online greeting cards increase in the daily Outlook mailbox and in web based mail as well). A common give away? The sender is often listed only by first name – no last name – and includes links to various e-card sites: this was from Michelle offering "Happy...
7 Jan 2009
Of interest: Sending Techmamas links and info on Windows Live Wave 3 Launch
This weekend I took some time late last night after everyone went to bed and I had finished clearing up most of my mail backlog (apologies to those of you who rec'd a mail from me over the weekend with some new request or a belated reply). As noted, it was a busy day making a snowman. As I I Tweeted...
15 Dec 2008
Your questions: I can't find Form Fill in Live Toolbar beta. Where can I find it?
Thanks to Bethany for her question sent via email … "I just installed the Live Toolbar beta and now I can't find Form Fill. Do you know where I can find it?" Well, short answer is you can't: the Form Fill and Windows Live Favorites add-ins aren't available on Windows Live Toolbar beta...
27 Sep 2008
Microsoft Gurus coming soon to enlighten you at retail
Well, the news has hit publicly, so I can now talk about the coming of help at retail in our new Microsoft Gurus. No, not that Guru . I just twittered about the new technology help coming to a major computer store near you. The "Microsoft Gurus" were announced today (as noted here...
5 Sep 2008
New from Windows Live: Search and Give, benefiting schools and charitable organizations
New from Live Search: Search And Give ... Whether it's your local school or an effort to find a cure, Search and Give will donate a penny each time you use this page to search the Web. How does it work? Sign in to select a charity or school (this is easy) Start searching from the Search & Give home...
27 Jul 2008
Online search, ChaCha and customer service: there's always room for improvement and innovation
In the article "The Future of Customer Service" on msnbc.com (from - Entrepreneur.com), writer Sarah Pierce looks at the impact of the Internet and now-ubiquitous mobile technology on consumer expectations of customer service. We've come a long way in the last few years since PC World's report a couple...
16 Feb 2008
How long will it take to feed 25 million pages through an ADF? Live Search Books at the British Library
And I thought that it was a chore to digitize our papers at home... that's nothing as compared to the effort to scan 25 million pages... Raissa Kasolowsky from Reuters reports here on one project associated with the Live Search Books effort . The article calls out some of the challenges of adding content...
5 Feb 2008
The Bill Gates keynote (with Robbie Bach) and other CES 2008 coverage
Bloggers and the press are out in force at CES in Las Vegas, tonite covering Bill Gates' keynote at CES 2008 . You can find several entries listed here . Check out video coverage at Microsoft's CES site and on Microsoft PressPass . [More on the keynote from MS.com: On Monday, Jan. 7, the transcript...
6 Jan 2008
Telling time using search engines isn't always the right time
I enjoy Angus Logan's blog , in particular, a recent post on what to do when you're drowning in email . But his new post calls out a great function on how to use Live Search to tell the time in <random city you have no idea where> . "I always find myself trying to figure out what time zone a city...
6 Jan 2008
Windows Vista and Windows Live videos... on YouTube
This is too much... Duncan Riley on TechCrunch reports that Microsoft marketing is using YouTube To promote Vista & Live, and left page comments open . "The content itself isn’t all that exciting, but they do demonstrate various positive aspects of Vista and Live that viewers may not be aware of...
31 Dec 2007
Of interest: Live Labs' Photosynth images from the latest Endeavour Space Shuttle mission
Of interest: Benjamin J. Romano posts on the Seattle Times blog that Microsoft Photosynth was used to process images from the latest Endeavour mission . "A few days before the shuttle launched, Microsoft posted several sets of photographs of the shuttle in the Vehicle Assembly Building and on the...
22 Aug 2007
Windows Live SkyDrive open beta announced today
As noted in several places (by now ;) an update to Windows Live Folders was announced, renamed Windows Live Skydrive . Now an open beta is available to all in the States, UK, and India. (Maybe Canada, too?) Per the Skydrive team , this is a feature update, including the following: An upgraded look and...
9 Aug 2007
Of interest: ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley talked with Satya Nadella about Windows Live Search
Of interest: ZDNet 's Mary Jo Foley spoke with Satya Nadella, in charge of the Search & Advertising Platform Group, in her post today What’s next on Microsoft’s search agenda? ... "Nadella, who was named as the head of Microsoft’s combined Search and Ad Platform Group in March 2007 , also is...
1 Aug 2007
Browser and client-based versions of Live Search for Mobile
Now available... new browser- and client-based versions of Live Search for Mobile. Visit http://mobile.search.live.com/about/ for more details on installing the application on your Windows Mobile devices (you'll also find a list of compatible devices listed for J2ME phones). You can install on...
12 Jul 2007
New Windows Live services in beta: Photo Gallery and Folders
This week, the Live Experience team opened the beta programmes for a couple of new services for Windows Live: Windows Live Photo Gallery beta and Windows Live Folders beta. (More news on all Windows Live betas is available at http://get.live.com/betas ...) From Chris' press pass article... ...
27 Jun 2007
Of interest: MSN Search on Internet taxes
This from the MSN's popular searches (via Windows Live Search): Internet taxes , as I noted last week on the blog ... " The days of tax-free Internet shopping may be numbered as state and local governments lobby Congress for change. " Of course, MSN also has these items as popular...
4 Jun 2007
Live search, New York to London: "Ya can't get there from here"
From my friend, JuliAnn... many thanks. "This is why the Internet is the greatest media created in history. Take 60 seconds to do this... I guarantee you will show someone else...it's too funny not to. 1. go to www.google.com 2. click on "Maps" 3. click on "Get Directions" 4. type...
22 Apr 2007
Your questions: How do you compile your reading summaries?
WRT the reading summaries in the "articles I've read" posts ( here, too ), I was asked... "how do you compile these? Are you using a special tool? I'm looking for something that lets me just push a button every time I read an interesting article and save it to a log file where I can automatically...
1 Nov 2006
OneCare v1.5 Beta for Vista now available
Windows Live OneCare Beta 1.5 is available and supports Vista RC1 and greater, and can be downloaded and used free of charge , is available now on http://ideas.live.com . From the FAQs: What operating systems are supported? Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista (build 5500 or greater; recommended...
10 Oct 2006
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