Windows Live Alerts
Windows Live Alerts was a part of the Windows Live services from Microsoft that allowed users to get notification of time-sensitive events and information from various alert content providers. Users were able to choose how and when to receive alerts, so that users may stay informed no matter where they are. Windows Live Alerts was a free service for users with a Windows Live ID. However, some content providers or wireless service providers may charge for using their content or service with Windows Live Alerts. Alerts to wireless devices are available to users in the United States and China only. Windows Live Alerts was discontinued from September 30, 2010. Windows Live Alerts offered the following main features for users to manage their alerts: Set or change time zone Specify where Windows Live Alerts are sent Receive alerts with Windows Live Messenger Receive alerts on a mobile device View a list of received alerts Set quiet times when no alerts will be sent Unsubscribe or turn off alerts Windows Live Alerts integrates with Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Mobile.
An "Alerts" tab is available in Windows Live Messenger showing a list of recent alerts organized by date or provider's name. When a new alert arrives, a "toast" will appear in the user's screen showing the alert's headline. If the user is signed out of Messenger, the user can choose to have the alerts sent to their e-mail or mobile devices. Windows Live Alerts Syndication Edition allows bloggers and other content providers to keep their readers up-to-date and drive traffic to their websites by providing alerts services to their blogs and websites. Content providers are only required to publish their contents via RSS or Atom feeds and place a "Windows Live Alerts Sign-Up" link on their websites to utilize this service. Users may subscribe to these alerts by clicking on the sign-up link. New contents' headlines will be automatically distributed via an alert to readers through Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail or a mobile device, depending on the reader's alert settings. Readers can modify their subscription settings or opt out of alerts subscription by the content providers at any time.
Content providers may choose to have three different types of "toast" notifications displayed on their reader's screen when new alerts arrive: Classic Alert - an instant-messaging based alert with a small logo of the content provider Branded Alert - an instant-messaging based alert to which branding is applied Alert with Advertisement - an instant-messaging based alert where an applicable advertisement is associated with the notificationCurrently, the "Branded Alert" option is only available to limited chosen content providers and under testing, while the new "Alert with Advertisement" option is only available for MSN Weather alerts. Windows Live Windows Live Messenger Windows Live Hotmail Windows Live Hotmail Calendar Windows Live Alerts Windows Live Alerts Syndication Edition for Content Providers Windows Live Alerts Blog Windows Live Alerts SDK
Windows Live Favorites
Windows Live Favorites was a part of Microsoft's Windows Live range of services. It allowed users to edit their favorites from any computer. Users could import their bookmarks from Internet Explorer and MSN Explorer, add favorites by dragging and dropping, clicking the "Add Favorite" button on Windows Live Toolbar, or using the right-click menu, it allowed users to find favorites more using name, folders or tags. Windows Live Favorites allowed a total of 1000 folders per user account. Users were required to sign in with their Windows Live ID. On April 14, 2009, Windows Live Favorites was integrated into Windows Live SkyDrive. All existing favorites were migrated to the "Favorites" and "Shared Favorites" folders on Windows Live SkyDrive. Windows Live Favorites had the following features: Add and organize favorites for access anytime, anywhere Import existing local favorites by clicking the "Import" option There are a number of ways to add a favorite: Click the Add option in the Add menu at the top of the page Click on the "QuickAdd for Windows Live Favorites" Link to save it to the root directory of the user's favorites Right-click on a link in a web page and choose the "Add to Windows Live Favorites" option In-Line Preview allows users to preview their favorite web pages from within Windows Live Favorites Right-click enabled for any favorite to edit its properties Browse by Tags allow users to see a list of their tags and browse by them Real-time search allows users to start typing a search based on a favorite's name, folders and address and have their favorites filtered on the fly Windows Live Favorites was available as an add-on to Windows Live Toolbar.
This client allowed users to synchronize their favorites between Internet Explorer and Windows Live Favorites. However, this functionality has been removed. Favorites syncing has since been replaced by Windows Live Mesh. Using the Windows Live Favorites module in Windows Live Spaces, users were able to share their favorites to the public. Viewers can use the built-in search box to find the favorites the users have shared. A "Favorites Star" tab was available in Windows Live Messenger for users to access their favorites within the program, it supported folders and real-time search, allows users to manage their favorites directly from the program. The Live.com Favorites gadget allowed users to access all of their favorites directly from their personalized Live.com page. Using this gadget it is possible to: Access favorites right from the Live.com personalized page View Top Favorites View Favorites organized by Tags View Favorites organized by Folders Search Favorites Add new links to Favorites Go to Windows Live Favorites management page Windows Live Windows Live Toolbar Windows Live SkyDrive Windows Live Favorites Windows Live Favorites Official Team Blog
Windows Live Home
Windows Live Home was a web portal launched by Microsoft as part of its Windows Live services. It aimed to bring many of the Windows Live services together in one place, by providing a central location to access Windows Live services and monitor status information. Windows Live Home was first revealed on August 3, 2007 at Microsoft Japan's annual Business Strategic Meeting 2008, it was expected that a new version of Live.com would be released in Fall 2007, featuring a new interface design together with Windows Live service integrations. Microsoft confirmed that Windows Live Home would not be a replacement for Live.com. Some of the early announced features for Windows Live Home included: Providing access to emails and contacts through Hotmail Showing upcoming calendar items from Windows Live Calendar Allowing blog and photo publishing direct to Windows Live Spaces Showing the status of Windows Live OneCare installed on the PCThe final version of Windows Live Home was released on October 15, 2007.
One notable feature of the first release of Windows Live Home was the ability to set the location of the user and display the current weather conditions for the city or region selected. The color of the homepage automatically changed according to the time of the day. Windows Live Home was updated on December 2008 as part of the overall Windows Live Wave 3 update. In April 2010, live.com, the former address of Live Search, which had become Bing by started linking to Windows Live Home. The service was updated to "Wave 4" release on June 7, 2010. In 2012, Microsoft began to phase out the Windows Live brand, introduced Outlook.com as a future replacement for Hotmail. As Outlook.com sends users directly to their inbox when logging in, there is no equivalent of Windows Live Home. After the final Hotmail accounts were migrated to the new Outlook.com UI in May 2013, Windows Live Home ceased to exist. Windows Live Home integrated with other Windows Live services, serving as the entry point to many other services.
These services featured the following: Ability to change the themes to be displayed on all Windows Live properties View the "Messenger social" feed for people in the user's network View recent activities for people in the user's network from Windows Live properties including Windows Live Profile, Windows Live Groups, SkyDrive, Windows Live Photos, Windows Live Messenger View recent activities for people in the user's network from a range of third-party Services, such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn View "Hotmail highlights" information such as any unread messages, upcoming birthdays and Calendar events, flagged messages, or unread social network updates Update a user's personalized status message View MSN headlines View online Messenger contacts and chat with them using Web Messenger. Official website Windows Live Home mobile version
History of the Opera web browser
The history of the Opera web browser began in 1994 when it was started as a research project at Telenor, the largest Norwegian telecommunications company. In 1995, the project branched out into a separate company named Opera Software ASA, with the first publicly available version released in 1996. Opera has undergone extensive changes and improvements, introduced notable features such as Speed Dial; until version 2.0, the Opera browser was called MultiTorg Opera and had only a limited internal release—although it was demonstrated publicly at the Third International WWW Conference in April 1995. It was known for its multiple document interface and'hotlist', which made browsing several pages at once much easier, as well as being the first browser to focus on adhering to the W3C standards. In February 2013, Opera Software announced that their in-house rendering engine, would be phased out in favour of WebKit. Opera 15 saw the browser being rewritten, with this and subsequent releases being based on Blink and Chromium.
Version 3.6 was released on May 12, 1999. The 16-bit version of Opera for Windows 3.62 was the final version available for Windows 3.x. Further releases would require Windows 95. On June 28, 2000, Opera 4 for Windows was released, introducing a new cross-platform core, a new integrated email client. Opera 5, released on December 6, 2000, was the first version, ad-sponsored instead of having a trial period. Version 5 supported ICQ, but this was dropped from versions. Opera supported OS/2 for the first time, requiring Odin to be installed. Opera 5.10 was the first version to recognize mouse gestures, but this feature was disabled by default. On November 29, 2001, Opera 6 was released with new features including Unicode support, offering a single document interface as well as the multiple document interface allowed by previous versions. On October 24, 2001, Microsoft blocked users of browsers other than Internet Explorer, including Opera, from accessing MSN.com. After cries of monopolistic behavior, Microsoft lifted the restrictions two days later.
However, as late as November 2001, Opera users were still locked out from some MSN.com content, despite Opera's ability to display the content had it been served. On January 28, 2003, Opera 7 was released, introducing the new "Presto" layout engine, with improved CSS, client-side scripting, Document Object Model support. Mac OS 9 support was dropped. Version 7.0 saw Opera undergo an extensive rewrite with the faster and more powerful Presto layout engine. The new engine brought full support for the HTML DOM meaning that parts of, or a whole, page can be re-rendered in response to DOM and script events. A 2004 review in The Washington Post described Opera 7.5 as being excessively complex and difficult to use. The review criticized the free edition's use of obtrusive advertisements when other browsers such as Mozilla and Safari were offered free of charge without including advertisements. In August 2004, Opera 7.6 began limited alpha testing. It had more advanced standards support, introduced voice support for Opera, as well as support for Voice XML.
Opera announced a new browser for Interactive Television, which included a fit to width option Opera 8 introduced. Fit to Width is a technology that utilized the power of CSS, but it is now internal Opera technology. Pages are dynamically resized by making images and/or text smaller, removing images with specific dimensions to make it fit on any screen width, improving the experience on smaller screens dramatically. Opera 7.6 was never released as a final version. On January 12, 2005, Opera Software announced that it would offer free licenses to higher education institutions, a change from the previous cost of $1,000 USD for unlimited licenses. Schools that opted for the free license included Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, University of Oxford, Georgia Institute of Technology, Duke University. Opera was criticized for having been ad-sponsored, since this was seen as a barrier to gaining market share. In the newer versions the user was allowed a choice of generic graphical banners, or text-based targeted advertisements provided by Google based upon the page being viewed.
Users could pay a license fee to remove the advertisement bar. In 2003, MSN.com was configured to present Opera browsers with a style sheet used for old versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Other browsers rec
OneDrive is a file hosting service and synchronization service operated by Microsoft as part of its suite of Office Online services. First launched in August 2007, OneDrive allows users to store files and personal data like Windows settings or BitLocker recovery keys in the cloud, share files, sync files across Android, Windows Phone, iOS mobile devices and macOS computers, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. Users can upload Microsoft Office documents directly to OneDrive. OneDrive offers 5 GB of storage space free of charge, with 50 GB, 1 TB, 5 TB storage options available either separately or with Office 365 subscriptions. At its launch the service, known as Windows Live Folders at the time, was provided as a limited beta available to a few testers in the United States. On August 1, 2007, the service was expanded to a wider audience. Shortly thereafter, on August 9, 2007, the service was renamed Windows Live SkyDrive and made available to testers in the United Kingdom and India; as of 22 May 2008 SkyDrive was available in 38 countries and regions.
Later expanded to 62. On December 2, 2008, the capacity of an individual SkyDrive account was upgraded from 5 GB to 25 GB, Microsoft added a separate entry point called Windows Live Photos which allowed users to access their photos and videos stored on SkyDrive; this entry point allowed users to add "People tags" to their photos, download photos into Windows Photo Gallery or as a ZIP file, as well as viewing Exif metadata such as camera information for the photos uploaded. Microsoft added the ability to have full-screen slide shows for photos using Silverlight. SkyDrive was updated to "Wave 4" release on June 7, 2010, added the ability to work with Office Web Apps, with versioning. In this update, due to the discontinuation of Windows Live Toolbar, the ability to synchronise and share bookmarked web links between users via SkyDrive was discontinued. However, users were still able to use Windows Live Mesh, which replaced the previous Windows Live Favorites, to synchronize their favorites between computers until its discontinuation in February 2013.
In June 2010, users of Office Live Workspace, released in October 2007, were migrated to Windows Live Office. The migration included all existing workspaces and sharing permissions; the merger of the two services was a result of Microsoft's decision to merge its Office Live team into Windows Live in January 2009, as well as several deficiencies with Office Live Workspace, which lacked high-fidelity document viewing and did not allow files to be edited from within the web browser. Office Live Workspace did not offer offline collaboration and co-authoring functionality – instead documents were "checked out" and "checked in", though the service did integrate with SharedView for real-time screen sharing. On June 20, 2011, Microsoft overhauled the user interface for SkyDrive, built using HTML5 technologies; the updated version featured caching, hardware acceleration, HTML5 video, quick views, cleaner arrangement of photos and infinite scrolling. Microsoft doubled the file size limit from 50 MB to 100 MB per file.
With this update, Microsoft consolidated the different entry points for SkyDrive, such as Windows Live Photos and Windows Live Office, into one single interface. Files and folders shared with a user, including those in Windows Live Groups, were accessible in the new interface. On November 29, 2011, Microsoft updated SkyDrive to make sharing and file management easier, as well as HTML5 and other updates; this update allowed users to see how much storage they had, a feature, removed in the previous update as part of the redesign. On December 3, 2011, Microsoft released SkyDrive apps for iOS and Windows Phone, which are available in the App Store and Windows Phone Store respectively. On April 22, 2012, Microsoft released a SkyDrive desktop app for Windows Vista, 7 and 8, as well as macOS, allowing users to synchronize files on SkyDrive, much like Windows Live Mesh, to "fetch" files on their computer via the web browser. In addition, SkyDrive provided additional storage available for purchase and reduced the free storage space for new users to 7 GB.
Existing users were offered a free upgrade offer to retain their 25 GB of free storage. The updated SkyDrive allowed files up to 2 GB in size; the update brought additional features such as Open Document Format capability, URL shortening services and direct sharing of files to Twitter. On August 14, 2012, Microsoft announced a new update for SkyDrive which brought changes and improvements to SkyDrive.com, SkyDrive for Windows desktop and OS X, the SkyDrive API as part of Live Connect. For SkyDrive.com, the updates brought a new "modern" design for the web service consistent with Outlook.com, along with the UI update the service received improvements such as instant search, contextual toolbar, multi-select in thumbnail view, drag-and-drop files into folders, sorting improvements. For the SkyDrive for Windows desktop and macOS applications, the update brought new performance improvements to photo uploads and the sync experience; the update improved the SkyDrive API with the removal of file type restrictions, ability to upload images in their full resolution, as well as a new SkyDrive file picker for opening and saving files.
On August 28, 2012, Microsoft released a SkyDrive app for Android on Google Play store. On September 18, 2012, Microsoft introduced a recycle bin feature on SkyDrive and announced that SkyDrive will allow users to create online surveys via Excel Web App. Microsoft became in
Windows Live FrameIt
Windows Live FrameIt was a Microsoft service under the Windows Live brand. It was aimed to extend the functionality of digital photo frames or any RSS enabled devices, allowing users to customise the content delivery from multiple sources. Users could use FrameIt to include information services such as weather forecasts and news, amongst their digital photos; the beta version of the service was released on July 30, 2008. Windows Live FrameIt was discontinued on December 15, 2010. Windows Live FrameIt allows the user to set up different feeds on the web, such as contents from Windows Live Spaces, Facebook, or any RSS feed. Users may schedule the day and time certain contents will be displayed in the digital photo frame; the service partners with SmugMug to display contents in their default collections. Users may be able to customize their display settings such as the number of images, the display order, when the images are published, the content's expiry date. Windows Live FrameIt allow contents to be shared between different users.
Users can have a customized URL which can be given to any other users or inputted into supported digital photo frame devices for the feed, being shared. If supported by the device, users may set up a password to protect the privacy of their photos. Windows Live Windows Live FrameIt Windows Live FrameIt team blog on Windows Live Spaces