WordPress.com and Windows Live partnering together and providing an upgrade for 30 million Windows Live Spaces customers

Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent a good bit of time talking about our approach to partnering with the web, and as part of that, how we’re deeply integrating with the leading consumer services that you find most valuable. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to get on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, and with Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic (the parent company of WordPress.com), announce an exciting partnership between our companies.
Providing a great blogging experience

As we looked at customers’ blogging needs and what different companies were providing, we were particularly interested in what WordPress.com is doing. They have a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.


Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent a good bit of time talking about our approach to partnering with the web, and as part of that, how we’re deeply integrating with the leading consumer services that you find most valuable. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to get on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt, and with Toni Schneider, CEO of Automattic (the parent company of WordPress.com), announce an exciting partnership between our companies.

Providing a great blogging experience

As we looked at customers’ blogging needs and what different companies were providing, we were particularly  interested in what WordPress.com is doing. They have a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.

Windows Live and WordPress.com

As we looked at how we brought Windows Live and WordPress.com together, there were three big things we wanted to deliver:

Microsoft shifts bloggers to WordPress

In another ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ move, Microsoft’s director of Windows Live product development Dharmesh Mehta says: “Rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.”

WordPress is claimed to power over 8.5 percent of the web, and is used on over 26 million sites and seen by over 250 million people every month. Live Spaces, by contrast, has around 30 million active users.


Microsoft‘s abandoning its Live Spaces blogging platform following a deal with WordPress that will see its 30 million users move to the Automattic platform.

In another ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ move, Microsoft’s director of Windows Live product development Dharmesh Mehta says: “Rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.”

WordPress is claimed to power over 8.5 percent of the web, and is used on over 26 million sites and seen by over 250 million people every month. Live Spaces, by contrast, has around 30 million active users. Leer más “Microsoft shifts bloggers to WordPress”

LinkedIn integrated with Windows Live, Facebook chat hits Hotmail

LinkedIn contacts are linked to their corresponding Windows Live contacts, enabling existing Windows Live features such as picture tagging and the e-mail address book to include data from LinkedIn. LinkedIn status updates will now be visible in Messenger, just like existing MySpace and Facebook contacts. And just as with those status updates, comments posted from Windows Live will be visible in LinkedIn. Users can also update LinkedIn status from within Messenger, the natural counterpart to the ability to see contacts’ statuses.

Connecting Windows Live profiles to LinkedIn is available immediately. Visibility of LinkedIn contacts in Hotmail has started rolling out already, and will be available worldwide in the next three weeks.
Hotmail

Speaking of Hotmail, there are more updates coming since the first Wave 4 revamp.

Facebook chat support is already coming to Messenger on the desktop and Messenger on the iPhone. Now it’s coming to the web-based Messenger in Hotmail too. The Messenger desktop application is already one of Facebook’s most-used applications; Hotmail integration is likely to further increase the number of people accessing Facebook’s features through Microsoft’s products.


By Emil Protalinski | //arstechnica.com

Microsoft has started rolling out multiple updates for the web services complementing Windows and Office. Over the last few months, the software giant has been regularly updating these services, but the number of features just announced implies today’s releases are not a coincidence.
Office

First up we have Office Web Apps, which Microsoft says reached the 20 million user mark (across the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland) in the 100 days or so since its launch. In addition to bug fixes and performance and reliability improvements, Office Web Apps are now available in seven more European countries.

The biggest new feature is that it’s now possible to embed public Excel and PowerPoint documents on your blog or website. Embedded Excel workbooks are automatically updated when they’re updated in Excel on the desktop, while embedded PowerPoint presentations can be viewed in full-screen mode with all the animations and transitions.

The Excel Web App is now supported on mobile devices, joining Word and PowerPoint. The PowerPoint Web App now has an Insert Clip-Art function that grabs photos and illustrations from Office.com’s image library.

Finally, files, there’s now a new “Open in [Office app]” available for jumping into Microsoft Office directly from the online file browser.
Windows

Secondly, Windows Live has announced a new partnership with business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn. Leer más “LinkedIn integrated with Windows Live, Facebook chat hits Hotmail”

RC de Windows Live Essentials 2011 pronto

Las aplicaciones que han destacado en la ultima BETA han sido Windows Live Sync que ha pasado a llamarse Windows Live Mesh, algo que personalmente esperaba ya que era un usuario de Microsoft Mesh y con el anuncio del fin de esta aplicación quede a la deriva de que pasaría con mis archivos y con la sincronización que tenia con mi PC, pero lo bueno es que ya esta solucionado y todos pueden probar la aplicación.

Otro detalle que se ha destacado de la ultima BETA de Essentials es la posibilidad de chatear desde Windows Live Messenger con usuarios de Facebook sin realizar mayores configuraciones que autorizar a WIndows Live para ello, por lo demás las otras aplicaciones son conocidas y coronaron el fin de la Wave 4 que trajo novedades interesantes y más de algún desastre en Microsoft, pero que al fin y al cabo es algo que es una costumbre e incluso de se hecha de menos cuando no pasa.


Autor: Angello T. | http://www.geekets.com

Todos conocemos incluso la mayoría de nosotros hemos probado la suite de aplicaciones Windows Live Essentials 2011, donde se incluye el conocido Windows LIve Messenger, programa de mensajería instantánea más popular hasta el momento.

Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta 2 disponible

Por ahora solo teníamos algunas noticias de cuando seria la versión final de Windows LIve Essentials, a finales de septiembre, pero en aquel tiempo donde la Wave 4 anunciaba grandes cambios aun no era definitiva esta fecha, pero según se rumorea podría ser el final de septiembre la fecha escogida para la presentación de la RC de la suite de aplicaciones.

La RC de Windows Live Essentials 2011 corregiría los errores de la segunda BETA que dicho sea de paso ha sido bien evaluada por los medios más conocidos, destacando su enfoque más social que su versión antecesora, aunque claro con algunas criticas por su no incorporación en Windows XP lo que se justifica por el final del ciclo de este sistema operativo y para alentar a los usuarios a hacer upgrade de su sistema a Windows 7. Leer más “RC de Windows Live Essentials 2011 pronto”

Twitter currently not integrated with Windows Phone 7; 3rd parties to the rescue?

Back a few months ago, when Windows Phone 7 was first announced, there was talk about how there won’t be a separate, native Twitter application when launched. Instead, Microsoft talked-up their Live services which could access and pull down your Twitter feed for you.

Sure, it wasn’t a direct route but if you use Live, you had a one-punch solution to social integration on WP7.

Now we’re getting word that’s just not the case as Twitter as changed their Terms of Service back in June (which explains why it was missing as of late) and have blocked companies like Microsoft from accessing via that method. To be clear, Microsoft is working with Twitter to come to a solution, but it seems Twitter has Redmond by the Rocky Mountain Oysters on this one and since the end of June, it hasn’t be restored.


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Back a few months ago, when Windows Phone 7 was first announced, there was talk about how there won’t be a separate, native Twitter application when launched. Instead, Microsoft talked-up their Live services which could access and pull down your Twitter feed for you.

Sure, it wasn’t a direct route but if you use Live, you had a one-punch solution to social integration on WP7.

Now we’re getting word that’s just not the case as Twitter as changed their Terms of Service back in June (which explains why it was missing as of late) and have blocked companies like Microsoft from accessing via that method. To be clear, Microsoft is working with Twitter to come to a solution, but it seems Twitter has Redmond by the Rocky Mountain Oysters on this one and since the end of June, it hasn’t be restored. Leer más “Twitter currently not integrated with Windows Phone 7; 3rd parties to the rescue?”

Microsoft presenta la nueva versión de su correo Hotmail

El nuevo Hotmail no solamente recibirá un lavado de cara necesario sino que además integrará características que facilitarán al usuario la lectura y organización de sus correos electrónicos, la previsualización de los contenidos adjuntos o la posibilidad de editar directamente documentos como presentaciones o textos.


windows live hotmail Microsoft presenta la nueva versión de su  correo Hotmail

Hotmail, el veterano cliente de correo electrónico de Microsoft y que cuenta con cerca de 360 millones de usuarios, recibirá próximamente un aluvión de nuevas funcionalidades en su proceso de intregación completa en el proyecto Windows Live con las mejoras de Wave 4.

El nuevo Hotmail no solamente recibirá un lavado de cara necesario sino que además integrará características que facilitarán al usuario la lectura y organización de sus correos electrónicos, la previsualización de los contenidos adjuntos o la posibilidad de editar directamente documentos como presentaciones o textos. Leer más “Microsoft presenta la nueva versión de su correo Hotmail”