MSN Messenger is finally shutting down after 15 years

Posted 2 days ago ago at The Verge with 2 recent echos

MSN Messenger started off life as a basic instant messenger without much bloat and just text communications. Microsoft gradually started improving Messenger with calling capabilities for Windows XP users. Video and audio calling was a big step for Messenger as Skype started to get popular image credit: Winsupersite. The many emoticons of MSN Messenger from back in the day image credit: Ggftw.

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MSN Messenger to end after 15 years

Posted 1 day ago ago at BBC with 2 recent echos

Microsofts Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15 year old service. Originally known as MSN Messenger, it was launched in 1999 but was switched off for most users in 2013, after Microsoft bought rival Skype. Users in China continued to use the old service but will now be transferred to Skype by 31 October. Windows Live still had as many as 330 million users as recently as 2009. But those numbers later declined, while users of Skype rose to...

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Microsoft's new Lumia 730 and 735 revealed in leaked images

Posted 1 day ago ago at Neowin with 2 recent echos

Earlier this month, images were leaked that gave us our first good look at the upcoming Lumia 730. Known alsoby its internal development codename, 'Superman', the 730 has also come to be referredto as Microsoft selfie phone, as the device is said to feature a high quality 5 megapixel front facing camera. Today, more images have surfaced of the new handset via Tieba Baidu, giving us a much clearer look at its design. But the mid range device is expected to feature some pretty decent specs...

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Every month, the folks over at AdDuplex release Windows Phone stats from their ad networkthatencompass 4496 apps and provides samples of the data so that the outside world can see how the Windows Phone usage share breaks down. And for the month of August, we can see that Windows Phone 8.1 continues its growth but Windows Phone 8 is still the most popular variety of Windows Phone. Watching the adoption trend of Windows Phone 8.1 should be interesting for enthusiasts to see how quickly Microsoft...

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Windows 9: Goodbye, Charms bar, hello virtual desktops?

Posted 23 days ago ago at PC World with 1 recent echos

Reports about the next major Windows release keep getting better and better. It looks like Microsoft has finally come to its senses and will dump the Charms bar in Windows 9 also known as Threshold slated for release next spring. Even better, Microsoft is planning a surprise for multi taskers with the addition of multiple virtual desktops. Microsoft hasnt released any official details, but multiple news sites report these changes are for real. That good news for desktop users and it also means...

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Windows 9 (Threshold): Welcome to Modern UI 2.0

Posted 6 days ago ago at WinBeta with 1 recent echos

WinBeta can reveal that Windows Threshold will include an updated Modern UI when it launches in 2015. The new Modern UI is set to include a whole bunch of new features which is aimed to align it with competing tablet operating systems like iOS and Android. The Modern UI being the Start Screen and related apps will be front and center with tablets, and will remove the desktop for  devices which do not need it. There is no middle ground between devices that have the Modern UI and devices that have...

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How to run Background Tasks in ASP.NET

Posted 5 days ago ago at ASP.NET Team with 1 recent echos

If you think you can just write a background task yourself, it likely youll get it wrong. Im not impugning your skills, Im just saying it . Plus, why should you have to? There LOT of great ways for you to do things in the background and a lot of libraries and choices available. Some ASP.NET apps will be hosted in IIS in your data center and others will be hosted in the Azure cloud. The spectrum of usage is roughly this, in my opinion:

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Windows 'Threshold' and cadence: How fast is too fast?

Posted 5 days ago ago at All About Microsoft with 1 recent echos

For individual consumers, especially power users, Microsoft cant release new versions of Windows quick enough. But for many IT pros, a new version of Windows every year is too fast for them to test and update to their liking. Microsoft is believed to be trying to change the way users of all stripes think about new releases and updates starting with Threshold. As I blogged previously, tipsters claim Microsoft will make monthly updates a mandatory part of participation in the upcoming Threshold...

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