Windows Live en Microsoft Tech Migrations Good, Bad and Ugly <div class="field-deck"> Microsoft is suddenly moving very quickly to new technologies and leaving some users hurt and confused </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Users of Microsoft technologies have found themselves in unfamiliar territory over the past year as the erstwhile software giant moves surprisingly quickly to replace old technology products and services with new ones. If you are a user or fan of such things as Zune, Windows Live Messenger, or Hotmail, you know what I’m talking about. And the level of pain you’re feeling is going to vary according to how well Microsoft manages those transition, and how well you can handle change.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Hotmail Skype Xbox Music Zune Messenger Windows Live Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:26:00 +0000 14591 at Microsoft to Kill Messenger on March 15 <div class="field-deck"> Looks like Messenger is getting the gallows. Time to prepare </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I had just heard from a source close to Microsoft that the impending death of Windows Live Messenger was perhaps a bit more serious than I had thought, and that the firm wouldn’t just be updating the software but would in fact be requiring users to stop using it. And now it’s official: Microsoft will shutter Windows Live Messenger and the Messenger service on March 15 and require customers to use Skype instead.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Skype Messenger Windows Live Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:11:00 +0000 12731 at What I Use: Google Products and Services <div class="field-deck"> Google doesn't just sell ads online, they also make some decent products and services </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I regularly get emails from readers who are trying to find replacements for various Google services. And though I understand this desire, the truth is that certain Google products and services simply don’t have viable alternatives. So while I did successfully migrate from Gmail to Microsoft's, I still use some Google offerings regularly. They’re just indispensable.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Google Google Chrome Bing Windows Live Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:08:00 +0000 11821 at Google When Clouds Die: Microsoft Will Retire Live Mesh in Early 2013 <div class="field-deck"> Live Mesh was great, but the SkyDrive desktop application is even better </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced today that it will be retiring its Live Mesh PC-to-cloud and PC-to-PC sync service on February 13, 2013. This move was long expected, as Microsoft has since replaced this utility with the superior SkyDrive desktop application.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OneDrive Windows Live Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:26:00 +0000 11801 at Mysterious Gmail Outage a Simple Case of Human Error <div class="node-body link-body">Google’s popular web-based email service Gmail went dark for millions of users on Monday. The outage was short-lived, about 40 minutes, but it also affected related online services like Google Drive as well as the Chrome web browser. And while Google’s initial silence triggered concerns that the firm’s services were electronically attacked, that’s not the case at all.</div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows Live Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:04:00 +0000 11631 at Office Web Apps Update Now Available <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft announced Monday that the latest version of the Office Web Apps, previously available in preview form, are now live on SkyDrive and The latest shipping version of the Office Web Apps includes updates in response to user feedback as well as optimizations for Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10 and iOS 6.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows Live Windows Live Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:22:58 +0000 9681 at Microsoft Adds Recycle Bin Feature to SkyDrive <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In a post to the Inside SkyDrive blog today, Microsoft revealed more changes to its ever-improving SkyDrive cloud storage service. On tap this week: a new Recycle Bin feature that will enable users to recover files they’ve deleted, inadvertently or not.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Computing Windows Live Cloud Windows Live Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:03:10 +0000 7945 at Windows 8 Tip: Use SkyDrive to Sync Your Documents and Pictures <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">You can use the SkyDrive application to sync all of your important documents and photos—and other files—between all of your PCs and the cloud.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Computing Windows 8 Windows Client Windows Live Cloud Windows 8 Windows Live Windows Fri, 07 Sep 2012 23:55:39 +0000 7925 at SkyDrive + Android <div class="node-body gallery-body">Microsoft today delivered a version of its SkyDrive mobile app for Android via Google’s Play online store. The software giant had first promised this app about two weeks ago.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows Live Windows Live Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:08:24 +0000 7890 at Tip: Customize the View <div class="field-byline"> Paul Thurrott </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While it’s probably not surprising that offers some decent customization capabilities, anyone using it should take at least a few minutes to check out the ways in which you can make Microsoft’s new webmail service your own.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cloud Computing Windows Live Cloud Windows Live Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:28:36 +0000 7830 at