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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author Windows Live There are 51 entries for the tag Windows Live
Windows Live Sync replacing FolderShare
I have talked about both Windows Live FolderShare and Windows Live Sync in the past. In fact, the last time I talked about Live Sync it was to say that it was FolderShare rebranded. Starting next month, Microsoft will be officially announcing Windows Live Sync, which you can think of as FolderShare 2.0. It will look familiar and offer the same features as FolderShare, plus: More folders and files—sync up to 20 folders with 20,000 files each. Integration with Windows Live ID—no more extra sign-in ......

Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008 9:52 AM

Windows Live Sync
I have talked about Windows Live FolderShare in the past and have always really liked what it offers. As part of the new Windows Live Wave 3 release, although not an official part of the release yet, is the fact that FolderShare is being renamed and rebranded as Windows Live Sync. As I said, its not part of the beta releases today, but you can download the beta if you want an early look. This is looks like it is still an early beta, so a lot of features don’t appear to be working and I can’t get ......

Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2008 10:26 AM

Windows Live Wave 3 Beta Downloads
The beta downloads for the new Windows Live Wave 3 applications are here. This includes new versions of: Messenger Mail Writer Photo Gallery Movie Maker Toolbar Family Safety Microsoft Office Outlook Connector To give you an idea of what’s new in some of the products: The look and visible features have been updated in all of the products, but the ones that are most noticeable are Messenger, Writer, and Mail. There are a lot of new features in Messenger, but some noticeable ones are that “Shared Folders” ......

Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2008 10:07 AM

Jacksonville Code Camp 2008 Presentations
For those of you attending the Jacksonville Code Camp 2008, the presentations for my sessions are available on my public Windows Live SkyDrive folder. My sessions are: Memory Management Fundamentals – IDisposable and the Dispose Pattern 8:30 AM– 9:30 AM Code Styles & Standards (Open Space/Chalk Talk) 9:40 AM – 10:40 AM Memory Management Fundamentals – Garbage Collection Deep Dive 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Unfortunately, it looks like most of the sessions that I want to see are at the same time as mine, ......

Posted On Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:43 AM

Outlook Connector
The last time I wrote about the Outlook Connector it was to talk about the lack of Calendar synchronization and the fact that a new version of the connector was in internal Microsoft testing. I am happy to announce that the new version is out of internal testing and is available as a public beta. This new version synchronizes with your Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail, contacts and calendars. I installed the new version and so far it works great. It remembered ......

Posted On Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:38 PM

Windows Live Writer CTP
I have been a big fan of Windows Live Writer since it was first available, and that continues with the latest CTP release. There have been a lot of changes between the last beta and this CTP, including some much needed UI improvements and new features, including: Upload videos to Soapbox Image cropping and tilting Additional border styles Support for LightBox and other image previewing effects (like Slimbox, Smoothbox, and others) Support for centering images Auto Linking Smart quotes/typographic ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 4, 2008 2:03 AM

Windows Live SkyDrive Feature Requests
I have been a big fan of SkyDrive since it was first available as a beta release. Now that it has been officially released, it has continued to get better. Just recently, the SkyDrive team announced the top list of feature requests that they are looking to implement. The list so far is: Allowing multiple downloads at once. Displaying how many times a file has been downloaded. Supporting file synchronization from the desktop. Providing an API for storing and retrieving files. Adding SkyDrive access ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 11:08 AM

Windows Live FolderShare Beta
A while ago I talked about Windows Live FolderShare. As a reminder, for those of you who don't know: FolderShare allows you to synchronize files across multiple computers and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no longer need to send large files via email, burn them to CDs/DVDs and mail them, or upload them to a website. FolderShare allows you to share and sync important information instantly with anyone you invite, making it the perfect solution for personal or small business ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2008 11:11 PM

Starting to Tag
As you might have noticed, my last post included Technorati tags. This blog has been listed with Technorati for quite a while now, but I've never actually tagged any of the posts. Even when Subtext added tag cloud support, I didn't bother with it. I'm not sure why I am now (perhaps the fact that the actual post categories aren't being displayed correctly has something to do with it), but I'm starting to add tags to my posts. I can't guarantee that every post will get them until tagging becomes second ......

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:22 PM

Outlook Connector Calendar Sync
One of the more irksome qualities about the Outlook Connector was the lack of Calendar synchronization, particularly with the new Windows Live Calendar. If you were an MSN subscriber it would work, but if you had just a Hotmail (or Windows Live) account it wouldn't. This also applied even if you had purchased the additional features of Hotmail Plus. According to LiveSide there is a new Outlook Connector currently in internal Microsoft testing that reportedly allows synchronization with Windows Live ......

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:11 PM

Windows Live Search Improvements
Last week, some improvements to Windows Live Search were announced which will improve the efficiency of how Live Search crawls and indexes a web site. The main improvements are: HTTP Compression, which allows faster transmission time by compressing static files and application responses, reducing network load between the web server and the Live Search crawler. Conditional Get, as defined by RFC 2616 (Section 14.25). What this means is that generally a page will not be downloaded unless it has changed ......

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 7:46 PM

Windows Live Tools December 2007 CTP
I just noticed this announcement from last month, but if you are doing any Windows Live development you should check out the latest CTP release.The biggest improvement is that the CTP is now compatible with Visual Studio 2008 and the ASP.NET 3.5 Extension Preview. There are a lot of other changes in the CTP so be sure to check out the release notes ......

Posted On Sunday, January 6, 2008 2:39 PM

Search and Replace Plugin for Windows Live Writer
I just came across Steve's blog post about a new Search & Replace plugin for Windows Live Writer written by Waldek Mastykarz. This plugin fills a pretty big gap in WLW and even has support for regular expressions. The code is available on CodePlex ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 19, 2007 8:12 PM

Multi-component Installers
With the deluge of blog posts talking about the recently releases of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5, Scott Guthrie talks about the steps to uninstall the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 release you should follow before installing the final release. It's great that Scott has put together this list since it not only tells you all of the components that are installed when you install Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 but also tells you the order to uninstall them. This post also indirectly brings to ......

Posted On Thursday, November 22, 2007 12:18 AM

Windows Live FolderShare
I just came across a post today on LiveSide that talks about some of the problems faced by users of FolderShare. I have to be honest, even though FolderShare appears to be part of Windows Live, I haven't heard much about it. It's not advertised on Windows Live betas and hasn't been talked about much by any of the Windows Live bloggers. For those of you who don't know: FolderShare allows you to synchronize files across multiple computers and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 21, 2007 11:36 PM

IASA Tampa Chapter - November 2007 Meeting
The Tampa Bay chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) is dedicated to building a community of professionals interested in topics related to software architecture. This organization welcomes all interested professionals. Whether you are a senior enterprise architect at a fortune 100 company or an aspiring architect with only a few years of experience. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM at the Microsoft offices in Tampa. The speaker ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 12:43 AM

Windows Live Messenger Presence and Messenger IM Control
The Windows Live Messenger team has just announced a new feature that allows you show your Messenger presence and receive instant messages from the web. The Windows Live Messenger IM Control lets people on the Web reach you in Messenger by showing your Messenger status on your web site, blog, or social networking profile. The IM Control runs in the browser and lets site visitors message you without installing Messenger first and is supported in IE6, IE7, and Firefox 2.0 on Windows and Firefox 2.0 ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:50 AM

Windows Live Applications Release Versions
I mentioned yesterday that the latest wave of Windows Live applications have been released. Thinking about it a little bit more, I realized that other than the "Beta" tag being removed from the splash screens and/or title bars there is no way to know if you have the latest version. Here are the release version numbers for the Windows Live applications: Windows Live Application Release Version Messenger Version 2008 (Build 8.5.1302.1018) Mail Version 2008 (Build 12.0.1606) Writer Version 2008 (Build ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:01 AM

Windows Live Wave 2 Released
The final releases of the Windows Live Wave 2 programs are now available. The upgrades from the beta releases haven't changed a whole lot, but you should still download the new Windows Live installer. There is also a support article if you have any problems upgrading from the betas. Just as a reminder, the installer covers only the desktop Windows Live applications: Windows Live Messenger Instantly connect to the people who matter most—via text, voice, or video.* Show 'em if you're online, offline, ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 10:32 AM

Personalized Live Event web addresses
Not too long ago I talked about the Windows Live Spaces URL Confusion, and the really cryptic URLs being used for SkyDrive and Live Events. Today, I found something that makes Live Event addresses a little bit better. I'm not sure if this has always been available or if it's new, but either way it's a feature that is not obvious at all. I'm talking about the "Personalize your web address" option that is available from the event settings page (if you've already created the event) or from the create ......

Posted On Saturday, November 3, 2007 9:42 AM

Windows Live Calendar
Windows Live Calendar was just released as a Beta tonight. It features the Wave 2 UI, so it integrates nicely with the other Windows Live services. The first thing you will notice after the new interface (which is much improved over the older Calendar) is that none of your "Calendar Classic" events will be present. Unfortunately, the integration story doesn't get much better. The Calendar link in Windows Live Hotmail still sends you to the classic Calendar, even if you've selected the new Windows ......

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2007 10:56 PM

Windows Live UI Identity Crisis
A few days after I talked about the Windows Live Spaces URL Confusion, the guys at talked about a related issue. Apparently, their issue stemmed from a post on Windows Live Wire announcing that Windows Live Home has been officially released. Their complaint? The lack of consistency and cohesive identity for Windows Live. They make an excellent point about the main landing pages for the various Windows Live services: Windows Live Home ( Windows Live ( Windows ......

Posted On Sunday, October 28, 2007 10:18 PM

Windows Live Photo Gallery Rocks!
I haven't posted too much about Windows Live Photo Gallery, but after spending a few hours with it tonight, I have to say that it absolutely rocks! I have a fairly large collection of photos from various family vacations, technical events I've been to, family, friends, and my cats. These photos had been spread across 3 different disk drives and some of them were nearly impossible to find since they were scattered across those drives into different folders. I'm not sure what prompted me to do this, ......

Posted On Saturday, October 27, 2007 3:17 AM

Microsoft SharedView
Microsoft SharedView is now in Beta 2. While SharedView isn't a Windows Live application, it is available under the Windows Live Betas page, and will probably end up being rebranded to Windows Live SharedView before it actually ships. Even though there is a similar application available to Windows Vista users (Windows Meeting Space), I have a feeling that both Microsoft SharedView and the Windows Live Photo Gallery will eventually replace both Windows Meeting Space and Windows Photo Gallery, respectively. ......

Posted On Friday, October 26, 2007 9:40 PM

Windows Live Alerts
To go along with my FeedBurner subscription, I am now offering Windows Live Alerts from my blog. Look for the subscription logo on my blog, just under the FeedBurner subscription panel. Windows Live Alerts is a great way for you to be automatically notified through a desktop alert, email, PDA, and/or cell phone whenever I update my blog and gives you, my readers, control over when and where you receive information. If you want to add alerts to your own blog, it is a very simple process. Here's what ......

Posted On Friday, October 26, 2007 8:43 PM

Windows Live Gallery Updates
In keeping with the growing number of Windows Live services that are upgrading to the Wave 2 UI, the Windows Live Gallery is the latest to receive the facelift. Just in case you aren't familiar with Windows Live Gallery, it's the online site where users can personalize their Windows Live experience. The update also adds a new area for Windows Live Events gadgets. The update has also added support for the Microsoft Points system, which is also used by the Zune and Xbox Live. It adds the potential ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 10:46 PM

Windows Live ID now supports Windows CardSpace
Well, this isn't actually breaking news, but at the end of August, Windows Live ID added support for Windows CardSpace as a new way to sign in to any Live ID enabled website. Using CardSpace means you don't use a password to sign in, instead you send your Information Card. Windows Vista users already have everything needed to use CardSpace. For Windows XP or Windows 2003, you will need to install IE 7.0 and .NET 3.0 with CardSpace support. Once you have everything you need to use CardSpace, you can ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 9:57 PM

Linked Windows Live IDs
For those that have multiple Windows Live IDs, you can now link your Windows Live accounts together and easily switch between them using the Linked Windows Live ID service. To set this up, go to and look for the section called Linked Windows Live IDs. If you haven't already linked any Live IDs, you will see a link titled "Link Windows Live IDs", otherwise the link will be "Manage your linked IDs". Once you have linked your IDs, you will need to sign out and sign back in again. ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 9:50 PM

Adding a Live Search Box to your website
As I was adding the Live Search Box to my blog, I realized that it wasn't entirely clear how to find the page that explains how to do this. The actual main link is on the Live Search homepage and is the "For Webmasters" link. However, this link actually takes you to the Windows Live Help site section titled "Welcome to Live Search Site Owner Help". There are two different Live Search boxes you can add to your site. The Basic Search Box and the Advanced Search Box. Both of these search boxes can be ......

Posted On Sunday, October 21, 2007 12:44 PM

Windows Live Spaces URL Confusion
A few days ago I talked about Windows Live SkyDrive Updates and the new Windows Live Events, both of which are part of Windows Live Spaces. Since then, I've been browsing around the Windows Live site and checking out how things are working and noticed a few really annoying inconsistencies with the URLs being used for all of the different services. When you sign in to your Windows Live account, you are presented with the following secondary toolbar: If you look at the URLs used for each of these links, ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 16, 2007 12:47 AM

Windows Live SkyDrive Updates
Along with Microsoft's recently introduced Windows Live Events, a few minor updates were made to Windows Live SkyDrive as well. The new features are an increase in the online storage space from 500MB to 1GB. In addition to more storage space, all public folders now have an RSS feed. To subscribe to a folders RSS feed, go to the public folder you're interested in and click the icon at the top right of the page. The SkyDrive team has also made it easier to share folders with people that aren't in your ......

Posted On Friday, October 12, 2007 9:51 AM

Windows Live Events
Yesterday, eWeek announced the debut of Microsoft's new event planning service, Windows Live Events. Live Events is part of Windows Live Spaces, and is intended to make it easy for users to create personalized event web sites. There are more than 100 predefined templates to choose from and allow you to add photos, videos, and blog posts after the party is over. This will be a free service supported by banner ads at the top of the page. The interesting thing is that Windows Live Product Manger Jay ......

Posted On Friday, October 12, 2007 9:37 AM

Windows Live tools integration with Visual Studio

With the recent proliferation of the Windows Live services and APIs, Microsoft is taking steps to add the ability to develop Windows Live applications through additions to Visual Studio 2008.

A public beta of the Visual Studio Toolkit for Windows Live is expected sometime in October or November.

Posted On Saturday, September 22, 2007 12:06 AM

Windows Live Writer Plug-ins
I'm a big fan of Windows Live Writer and use it almost exclusively to write my blog posts. As a result of this, I'm always on the lookout for new and useful plug-ins. Since I have accumulated quite a few of them, I thought I'd share my favorite plug-ins. These are listed in no particular order. SkyDrive Embed Plugin Allows you to easily embed a file or folder from your public Windows Live SkyDrive account. You can specify 3 different embed formats. Paste MSDN URL Allows you to paste a URL from any ......

Posted On Sunday, August 26, 2007 11:23 PM

SlickEdit Gadgets for Visual Studio 2008
While I was getting the Code Project Add-in for Visual Studio working on Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, I decided to see if I could get the SlickEdit Gadgets for Visual Studio 2005 working as well. It turns out, with a little bit of registry tweaking, they work under Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 without any problems (so far). This is by no means a supported configuration from SlickEdit and requires modifying the registry, so you should do so only after making the necessary backups and any other precautions ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:43 PM

Closed Betas for Windows Live Folder and Windows Live Photo Gallery
Microsoft has started offering limited beta testing of Windows Live Folder and Windows Live Photo Gallery. Windows Live Folder is designed to allow file sharing without relying on email, external USB devices, or public sharing sites. The Live Folder service uses email to share a link to the folder, but the files are stored and accessed online. One of the things that make Live Folder different from other public online sites (like Xdrive) is that you choose who has access to the folder from a list ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2007 9:04 AM

Windows Live Writer gets a new URL
Up until now, Windows Live Writer has not had a good product page to reference. Anyone who wanted to linked their blog posts either to the Writer Team Blog or directly the Writer MSI. That has all changed! Now you can also directly navigate to the Writer product page directly at: It features links to the Writer Team Blog and the Writer feedback forum. Now we just have to wait for an updated release ......

Posted On Saturday, May 12, 2007 7:47 PM

Windows Live Hotmail official
Earlier this week, Microsoft rather quietly released it's Windows Live Hotmail offering. Along with the release, a replacement for the Outlook Express and Windows Mail desktop clients was announced as well as new software to integrate web mail with Outlook, called the Outlook Internet Mail Connector. Outlook Express and Windows Mail will be replaced with a new desktop product called Windows Live Mail in the coming weeks. The program will handle POP, IMAP, and Windows Live Hotmail accounts and is ......

Posted On Saturday, May 12, 2007 1:13 PM

Windows Live Writer and Subtext
Jeff has updated his original post about configuring Windows Live Writer for .Text so that it shows how to configure WLW for use with Subtext. The nice thing is that this is very simple and really just involves running through the wizard and selecting "Another weblog service" as the blog type. Don't forget to check out Jeff's post on configuring pings in Windows Live Writer ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2007 3:15 PM

Windows Live Writer and GeeksWithBlogs
For those of you that use Windows Live Writer to publish posts you will need to reconfigure the blog settings to support Subtext. This is a one-time change and simply involves running the "Edit Weblog Settings" wizard. This wizard will pick up all of the existing settings, so you don't actually need to change anything. One benefit that Subtext provides is that we can now publish images in the post need to upload them first. If you aren't already running Windows Live Writer, I encourage ......

Posted On Saturday, April 14, 2007 10:00 AM

February was busy!
All I can say is, "Wow!" I just looked at my blog and realized that I posted 34 posts for last month. I'm sure some of you may not think this is a large amount, but for me it represented the single busiest month of blogging since I started almost a year ago. I don't know how busy I'll be blogging this month, but I know I will be busy. Here is my current list of projects (outside of real work, that is): Update my File Downloader component with asynchronous download support. Update my Framework Version ......

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 10:21 PM

XFN Link Editor plugin now available

I just received the confirmation email from Windows Live Gallery letting me know that my XFN Link Editor plugin is available for download. You can download it by going to

Posted On Wednesday, February 21, 2007 6:37 PM

MsBuild == Sybil?

As I was writing my previous post, I found an odd spelling correction suggested by the Windows Live Writer spell checker. It would appear that the suggested spelling for MSBuild is Sybil. That might just explain things.

Posted On Sunday, February 18, 2007 4:40 PM

Strange Metaweblog bug
As I mentioned in my previous post, there is an apparent bug in the Metaweblog API that prevents me from specifying the full path to the FxCopCmd executable. I'm not entirely sure what is actually happening, but I do know that it doesn't allow the post to be submitted through either Windows Live Writer or through the blog Admin UI. The strangest part of this is that it appears to only care about this particular executable. I've tried several others, both command line and GUI applications and they ......

Posted On Sunday, February 18, 2007 4:36 PM

Now Playing 2.0 Plugin for Windows Live Writer
Just last night I received a private email asking for the install of my XFN™ Live Writer Plugin from Alexander Groß in Germany. After exchanging some emails to get him the installer, I was able to look at the Live Writer plugin he created for Windows Live Writer. I am probably in the minority here, since I don't usually listen to music on my computer while I'm doing anything, but for those of you who do, this is a great plugin. This is version 2.0, and has been completely rewritten from his earlier ......

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 9:48 PM

Subtext 1.9.4, aka Windward, released
The long awaited 1.9.4 release is finally here. This release fixes a number of bugs and implements a few new features. One of the more significant features is the Sitemap implementation. You can find more information on the implementation and instructions on how to set it up on David's blog. There is also a new set of XFN icons to go along with Subtext's XFN Highlighter. I think the new icons and highlighter will work very well with my new XFN Link Editor for Windows Live Writer (once it finally ......

Posted On Sunday, February 11, 2007 10:51 PM

While searching for some blog search engines and aggregators to add to my list of ping servers in Windows Live Writer, I came across autopinger. AutoPinger is a FREE and convenient service for all bloggers and podcasters. It is an easy set-and-forget service that lets concentrate more on developing your favourite blogs and podcasts...Autopinger will check your blogs and podcast feeds every 30 mins. This is a pretty neat idea, and they do provide an XML-RPC interface in addition to allowing you to ......

Posted On Saturday, February 10, 2007 4:58 AM

XFN™ Live Writer Plugin Updates
I know it's only been a couple of days, but there were a few things that were bothering me about my XFN™ plugin for Live Writer. The biggest issue (and really the one that everything else centered around) was that once a link was inserted, you couldn't edit it again without recreating it. I doubt anyone would have really felt this was a problem, but it was annoying enough to me that I decided to do something about it. The changes centered around making the plugin a SmartContentSource rather than ......

Posted On Saturday, February 10, 2007 4:25 AM

XFN™ (XHTML Friends Network)
I was recently introduced to the concept of XFN through a blog post I was reading from Phil Haack regarding his meeting with Rob Conery, one of the Subsonic developers. After reading about XFN, I think it is an extremely interest concept on the entire social networking phenomenon. Taken from the XFN website: XFN puts a human face on linking. As more people have come online and begun to form social networks, services such as Technorati and Feedster have arisen in an attempt to show how the various ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 11:01 PM

Windows Live Writer
Courtesy of the latest issue of WXPNews, I came across a very cool new blogging tool, named Windows Live Writer. This is a desktop application that makes it very easy to write new blog posts by providing a WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") editor that reminds me of a slimmed down version of Microsoft Word. Windows Live Writer has some pretty cool features, like the ability to automatically spell check your blog posts before posting them and automatically saving a draft every x minutes. While ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:44 AM

Windows Live Messenger or Yahoo! Messenger? Why not both?
I have been an IM user since around 1999, when Yahoo! Messenger first came out. Since then, I've added AIM and Windows Live Messenger. As instant messegng became an integrated part of my personal and professional life, the one thing that has always bothered me was that I needed 3 IM clients, one for each service. There are several third-party IM clients, such as Jabber and Trillian, that federate the main IM services. The problem I have with these clients is that I need to sign up with them, which ......

Posted On Saturday, July 15, 2006 6:56 AM

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