Microsoft has announced that they are about to pull the plugs of Windows Live Messenger from October 31. This Microsoft chat client has been running for over 15 years and it is about time to stop its services. However, this is still running in China, where it will continue to run until the final switch off takes place.
Windows Live Messenger was discontinued back in the year 2013 soon after Microsoft purchased Skype. This was aimed at moving users to the other platform, which had better features. Reports from Tech website Mashable, says that the users in China received an email on Thursday informing that the services were about to end very soon. They also informed the planned date for closure.
The email also informed the users about the free credit they would get when they migrate to the latest services with Skype. It is good that people have been informed about the closure of the services, so that people can plan better.
The service was designed in such a way that it could complement with the AOL Instant Messenger from AOL or AIM. The program launched in the year 1999 had almost 300 million users, according to the recent research in the year 2012 before the first taking the first step to pull the plugs for this Microsoft chat client.
Microsoft announced that the users of the Windows Live Messenger would be merged with Skype. When this happened, Skype had a user base of more than 600 million, while Windows Live Messenger had more than 100 million users.
There were reports that the plan to kill the Live messenger was mainly due to the growing popularity of QQ chat services that is run by Tencent Holdings, the local tech giants in China. QQ chat provides different services to the customers, some of which are music, shopping, online social games, group chat, voice chat and many more. The user base is very high for QQ chat services, which was also incepted in the year 1999.
Microsoft had included many features during the lifetime of the software. Some of the features included are emoticons, games like Tick-tack-toe and Minesweeper. The best thing about these games is that two players can play the game competing against each other. One of the best features in this application is the nudge function, used to grab the attention of the users on the other end.
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Xbox Live can be defined as an online multiplayer gaming and digital media service developed by Microsoft. This service can be termed as a competitor of Sony’s PlayStation Network as well as Nintendo’s Network. Some of the exquisite features of this service include voice chat, party chat, online multiplayer options, Kinect Fun labs, Upload Studio etc. There’s also the Xbox Live Vision camera that makes the Xbox 360 gaming experience more sophisticated. You can also connect this camera to your Windows PC to double it as a webcam for your computer.
For using the Xbox Live Vision camera with your Windows PC, you can follow these instructions provided by the Microsoft chat support team.
ask whether you want the Found New Hardware Wizard to connect to Windows Update. Once you get such a notification or message popped up on the screen, you need to click on Yes followed by this time only and then press on Next.
By following these steps, you can successfully use your Xbox Live Vision camera with your PC and use it as a webcam. For more information on the same, you may get in touch with our technical support personnel.
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Recently, Microsoft live chat said that the problems with Xbox Live have been fixed. Nevertheless, recent complaints from users indicate that the problem continues to exist although in less severity. Users who had faced the issues say that the Xbox Live problem stopped them from signing into their Xbox Live account. Consequently, many of the users weren’t able to play games online with other users.
Microsoft said that it had fixed the signing in problem. Nevertheless, at times, the service faces various types of issues. Many of these issues pertain to online gaming.
Xbox Live service outage prevents users from joining Xbox Live Member
The most serious impact of the issue is that it affected Xbox Live users from joining Xbox Live Member. The issue affected both Xbox One and Xbox 360 users. Some reports suggest that Diablo 3 party Chat was totally disabled for days owing to the problem. Unavailability of the server was another issue that affected Xbox One users.
A recent page published in the support page of Xbox Live and Microsoft Live chat enquires Xbox One and Xbox 360 users about the problem they are facing with their Xbox Live account and Xbox consoles. The support page adds that the issues would be fixed as early as possible given that users stay tuned to the directions published in support pages. Microsoft assures its users that their issues will be fixed on a war foot basis. The tech giant said that it had been working with its partners to find a permanent solution for the issue. The tech giant added that it would inform users as early as possible when a solution is discovered. Users are requested to stay patiently for the time being.
Meanwhile, a report published by Microsoft indicates the basic services of Xbox are running without any glitches. The status found in the home page of Xbox Live service says that it is in constant touch with Microsoft and is exploring various possibilities to fix the issue for good.
A similar issue was faced by Sony’s PlayStation network last week. However, the technical team of Sony found out the cause of the issue immediately. It was later on revealed that the issue was caused by hackers. It appears that the same hackers have attacked Xbox Live network as well and are responsible for all the havocs being experienced. Nevertheless, no hackers have taken responsibility for the problem yet.
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Outlook is a highly customizable personal information manager and email client. You can access and manage your emails, schedule your work and perform various other functions that help you manage your day’s job. Outlook saves all your email in your hard disk so that you can access your email even when offline. Moreover, this lends you the option of creating back-ups of all your email so that you never lose any of the important email messages in your account or having to contact Microsoft help line.
Outlook has many hidden features that many users do not know about. For example, you can synchronize your Outlook data on multiple computers. It is not a difficult procedure and there are several different procedures using which you can achieve the synchronization. You can achieve this using the .OST folder, the .PST folder or by copying the settings folder into the second computer. To know about other hidden features in Outlook program, contact our Microsoft help line.
There are two types of Outlook data files that are used often, the PST (Outlook Data File) file and the OST (Offline Outlook Data File) file. If you are using a Microsoft Exchange account, all your emails and other items are delivered and kept in your email server. In order to work offline, the OST file saves all your messages in your computer. While PST files are used for POP3, IMAP and web-based mail accounts, the OST files are used with the default Cached Exchange Mode.
In order to synchronize using the OST file, it must be created in your user account, if you are using the Microsoft Exchange Server. This file can be found in the location Documents and Settings/ username/ Local Settings/ Application Data/ MicrosoftOutlook folder. Once you locate the file, click on it and select the Synchronize button to update the Outlook data in your new computer.
The PST file can be simply copied from one PC to another. If the file size is too large, use the Microsoft’s Windows Backup utility to save the data file on different location on multiple disks so that they do not get corrupted. Once you have copied the data, open the Outlook application and open the File tab. Choose New, click on Outlook Data File to import the data and then select the type of data by clicking on Office Outlook Personal Folder File (pst). Click OK, type in a name to this folder and click the OK button.
Once you are done copying the data files, you will need to copy the calendar and other settings similarly. If you have any problem migrating from one computer or synchronizing the data on multiple computers, contact our Microsoft help line.
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Recently, in an announcement made by Microsoft regarding the latest updates on Xbox, it said that before people could start playing on their gaming consoles, they would have to wait around fifteen to twenty minutes until the one-day one download completes. The gamers would have to download the day one update so that they can continue playing. The news about the downloads was confirmed by the Chief Architect of Xbox One platform, Marc.
Whitten added that the efforts to make the updates get done faster is on and they are doing the best. The download would take fifteen to twenty minutes while they are yet to release the details regarding the updates. You would be able to know more on this from the Microsoft Chat Support page.
Sadly, Whitten was not in a position to confirm if the estimated twenty minutes also include the time to install the updates or just the download alone. It looks like gamers would have to wait for a longer period before they get to play titles from Xbox One release. Now this is going to upset Xbox users, as they hate long waits.
Microsoft claims that this most essential day one download will be in a position to iron out the tweaks that the firmware had in the last release. It is expected that with the updates downloaded, Microsoft will drop the plan to make online sign-in necessary along with some changes to the DRM policies. Microsoft also added that the day one download would be able to bridge the gap between the software schedules and the manufacturer’s schedule.
The release date for Xbox One is expected to be on November 22 which would open up in 13 markets. Initially, Xbox One was planned to be released in 21 different countries but there seems to be a delay in eight of the European countries. The main reason for the delay in these countries seems to be due to the fact that there are some issues with the software that is intended for local voice and language support.
Xbox is priced at 429 pounds in the United Kingdom. This includes the latest Kinetic motion gaming peripheral, HDMI capable of 4k, Xbox One headset to enable Microsoft Chat and last but not the least a single controller that is wireless. It looks like Xbox One release will be rolled out well in advance to the release of PS4 in the United kingdom. The release date for PS4 until now is scheduled to be on November 29, which will roll out the next-gen PS without the camera.
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