Microsoft should do this: Exchange plus Hotmail

I came across this article while surfing and it shared a similar idea that I had in mind for a while (I really should blog about whatever is on my mind before others do). The idea I had is to have the Exchange service added to Hotmail webmail as a service where users can subscribe to. Wouldn’t it be great for users (without a Windows Mobile smartphone) to have their contacts, calendar and email sync wirelessly to their smartphone? I know Nokia had to go through partnerships with Microsoft to add the Exchange service as well as the Windows Live Hotmail service to most of their high end smartphones. And iPhones has an option to add an Exchange email but no Hotmail option (even though Hotmail is the most widely used free webmail worldwide). And it’s not just an advantage to smartphones in general, but to your desktop too since there is numerous email clients that support Exchange.

Click here to read the article where the author (Pill Wainewright) describes the advantages in details of having Exchange plus Hotmail.

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Beta testing Windows 7 (64-bit)

Two nights ago, I came across Windows 7 beta download site so I downloaded the 64-bit version. What I didn’t know that night was the fact that Microsoft was closing the download site the next day. So I was fortunate enough to grab a copy of Windows 7 beta to start testing it out and sending in my feedback.

I just love testing beta programs and especially when it comes to Windows. I was there during Windows Vista’s beta testing and I can’t describe how exciting the experience was at the time. It’s always fun to experience software first hand and help make it better for millions (probably billions) of people worldwide.

Well, so far Windows 7 beta detected pretty much everything on my aging laptop (Compaq Presario V2000) except the sound device. Usually I would run into video adapter issues when testing a new Windows version but to my surprise this time it was the sound card (first time ever). I was even further more surprised when my laptop was able to run Aero under Windows 7 when it failed miserably to run it under Vista. I guess I should never under estimate the power of my laptop’s hardware but then again it could be an indication of an improved Windows. But seriously speaking, I need a better and faster laptop.

There is a whole bunch of new features and neat tricks built into Windows 7 that makes this version fun to work with. Click here to read more about Windows 7 and to see a list of ‘What’s new’.

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Still waiting for new Windows Live Spaces themes

How long has it been since we’ve seen new themes around here? Well I have been waiting for too long and sending numerous feedback about it but all I see is the same old boring themes that came with Spaces 1.0.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate all the work the Spaces Team have done and all the time they’ve spent making Windows Live Spaces better with every update, but it wont hurt to see them throwing a new theme every once in a while. I don’t know, customizing the colors, borders, backgrounds and images sounds time consuming and having a cool theme made ready sounds, well, like a gift sent from all the way in Redmond.
I still having a hard time differentiating between links on the page and post titles. It’s still a bit confusing and I am sure I am not alone on that one. I don’t know why the Spaces Team can’t significantly increase the font size of post titles to make them stand out more. What could possibly be wrong about doing so? All the other free blog platforms out there does it. I think it’s pretty much a standard yet the Spaces Team find it wrong to go by.
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Will Microsoft not preview WM7 at the Mobile World Congress?

What about all those rumors we read all over the blogs that mentioned a preview of Windows Mobile 7 at MWC? Is Microsoft delaying WM7’s release again till next year? I don’t even think what they’ve got on release date (whenever that may be) will stand a chance against an updated iPhone 3G or a new Android phone.

The only assumption I can make that might explain why Microsoft is delaying WM7 again is for the fact (I hope) that WM7 is such a massive update and comes with a bunch of services in the ‘cloud’. I don’t think they’re creating a phone as well, but they want to make sure those services come out without big glitches like Apple’s MobileMe service.

Another reason could be hardware issues. Windows Mobile 6 series has been around for a long time which made phone manufacturers like HTC prove that it can always create a solid reliable Windows Mobile device for consumers. A whole new Windows Mobile version means new hardware requirements which might lead to compatibility issues. And from all the news around WM7 that I have read so far it’s always indicating that the new WM version requires a faster processor, more RAM and a better graphics chip. The QA process will probably take longer than WM6.1.

Windows Mobile is holding up pretty good in the market these days because of HTC, Samsung, Asus, SonyEricsson (X1) and other phone manufacturers. If it wasn’t for the manufacturer’s unique UI on top of Windows Mobile’s dull interface their product would have never appealed to any consumer.