Showing posts with label WindowsLive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WindowsLive. Show all posts

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Now that's an SDK that's alive, the Live SDK v5.2

Microsoft Downloads - Live SDK v5.2

The Live SDK provides a set of controls and APIs that enable applications to integrate single sign-on (SSO) using Microsoft Account and to access data in SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Messenger.

Quick details

Date published: 8/16/2012

Language: English

LiveSDK.msi, 1.1 MB


The Live SDK contains the Live Connect APIs, which provide programmatic access to Live web services with a set of libraries that enables your apps to work with data in over 500 million user accounts in Microsoft Account, SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Messenger. The Live SDK enables access to users’ identity profile info and allows your apps to:

  • Easily personalize your users’ experience
  • Take advantage of single sign-on scenarios using Microsoft Account in Windows 8 Release Preview
  • Upload and download photos and documents in SkyDrive
  • Create and update contacts, calendars, and events in Hotmail

Supported operating systems: Windows 8, Windows Phone 7.1

This SDK is a few DLL's and pointers to web resources.





I guess pointing at web resources is good in that you should always be getting fresh stuff, and it makes the download and install very fast and easy. And I guess it makes it very cloud/web like (which makes sense considering what this SDK is for). It still took me a little by surprise though, but I'll get over it. And as I think about it, it does make the SDK "alive" doesn't it? Instead of old and dead on your HD? hum...

One place where the payoff for it being "live" the samples. Instead of stale code samples clogging your HD, you instead have the freshest available.



Related Past Post XRef:
Code sample to access SkyDrive Photos API from WP7 (or any REST/OAuth/JSON enabled device/OS)
MetroSky - End to end Windows Phone 7 SkyDrive sample code and app
Windows Live SDK Released

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The new Windows Essentials 2012 is out with an updated Movie Maker and Photo Gallery. But DON'T install it if you want to keep using Live Mesh!

The Windows Experience Blog - Introducing the New Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker

Today we’re happy to announce new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. We’ve added a few new capabilities while also taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are two essential Windows applications hundreds of millions of people have come to rely on for making the most of your photos and videos. And with this release, we’ve given you a few more reasons to enjoy them even more.

Download: Windows Essentials 2012 (Web install)

Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is a great way to turn your ordinary photos and videos into a captivating story. Whether you’re making a short clip to quickly share or taking your time to make the most of that big event, Movie Maker showcases your skills as a budding film-maker. With major advancements in hardware accelerated graphics in Windows 8, Movie Maker has evolved to include these state of the art enhancements.


Photo Gallery

In Windows 8, Windows Photo Gallery is the number one way to organize, fix, find and share your photos and videos. And with advanced features like Photo Fuse and Panorama, Photo Gallery continues to bring creative enhancement to your memories.

Auto Collage: Trying to create a collage of photos on your own is hard and usually requires expensive and complex software. With Auto Collage in Photo Gallery you just select seven or more photos and we’ll arrange them in a collage for you. Making a new photo our of existing photos has never been easier. Whether you want to make a special print of a collection of photos or you want a nice start or ending to a movie highlight with some of your favorite scenes.



What is included in Windows Essentials 2012?

Windows Essentials 2012 includes our new SkyDrive for Windows app as well as Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Family Safety*, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Messenger, Outlook Connector Pack and Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker.

I use Windows Live Mesh. What happens if I install the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery as part of Windows Essentials 2012?

If you have Windows Live Mesh installed, it will automatically be removed if you install the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery (available as part of Windows Essentials 2012). [GD: Emphasis added]

Microsoft SkyDrive will be installed in place of Windows Live Mesh. To sync folders from the cloud to all of your PCs, you will need to install SkyDrive on all of your PCs or Macs.

What is the difference between Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive?

Please read this article for more information.

Can I keep using Windows Live Mesh?

Yes. If you do not install Windows Essentials 2012 on any of your PCs, Windows Live Mesh will keep working just like before.

If you have uninstalled Windows Live Mesh, you can still reinstall it. It's available as part of Windows Live Essentials 2011.

Please note that you cannot install and run both Windows Essentials 2012 (with the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery) and Windows Live Mesh on the same PC.

I still use Live Mesh for it's Remote Desktop feature (and Favorite Sync'ing) so I guess I'm skipping this update. That kind of pisses me off. SkyDrive and Live Mesh work side-by-side fine. I can understand encouraging users to move away from it, but this kind of forced move bugs me. But again the products are free, so I guess I get what I pay for? :/

At least you ARE warned prior to the install actually starting and so can back out if you want (like I did)...


Thursday, May 03, 2012

Open Letter To Microsoft - Can we get an update on the future of Windows Live Writer?

Just a quick (well not so much) plea to Microsoft for an update on the future of Windows Live Writer.

Yesterday's news about the retirement/re-imaging of the Windows Live brand, Windows Live is dead..., gave us some idea of the future, or lack there-of, many of the Windows Live Essentials (WLE) applications. In short, the WLE apps are dead and being replaced with entirely new Metro versions, yet there was no word about Windows Live Writer (WLW).

I've been blogging for almost a decade now (wow) and had used many blogging tools. Until that is WLW came out. Since I moved to WLW, I've never looked back. It just works, it's light weight, connects to all the blog and like services I need it to and best of all is extensible via an API. I almost live in WLW, using it every day, multiple times a day. So you can see why I'm interested in hearing about its future, and am concerned that nothing at all is being said about it. Please. Any idea, direction, indication, would be great.

In a perfect world, I'd love it if Microsoft made it its own "product" and kept it available free. But I know we don't live in a perfect world and I'd like to see WLW become a more actively developed and supported product. Free isn't free and I can see how it's hard to dedicate resources to a free product that, granted, has a limited user base. So as a user, I'd easily accept an even freeimum, ad supported with an upgrade to premium/no-ad version. Money talks and I'm willing to pony up (as long as it there's ongoing improvement, versions, etc.).

An even better play would be the donation of WLW to one of the Open Source foundations/companies Microsoft is involved in, like Outercurve or MS Open Tech. This could garner support and praise from those that are very visible, the bloggers themselves. Talk about a positive feedback loop! If we, as bloggers and WLW users, want to improve it and invest our time in driving it forward, then let us. Let us make the call as to its future by supporting it as an OSS project.

Conversely, kill WLW and not providing a viable alternate (no, blogging from Word is not currently a viable alternative) is going to alienate every WLW user. Is that what you really want to see as headlines in blog posts around the world?

WLW is not perfect, but it has a loyal following, is used and loved by many. We want to keep using it. We want to support it. But we also need something from you Microsoft. Please throw us a bone here and let us know the future of WLW.

Please, let Windows Live Writer live and write its own future...


Want to support WLW? Sign the "Save Windows Live Writer" petition created by Scott Lovegrove (Funny he's also suggestion an OSS route too... :)

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Windows Live is dead...

Building Windows 8 - Cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone: Windows Live, reimagined

"Windows Live was first announced on November 1st, 2005, and in our press release we described it as “a set of personal Internet services and software designed to bring together in one place all of the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with more safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web.” Since that time, we’ve been hard at work building software and services that deliver that promise, a foundation that we could rely on as we designed new versions of Windows as well as other Microsoft products. We’ve received lots of feedback about features and ways we could improve the software and services. And we’ve also received some feedback about the naming and marketing we have done. Windows 8 is a chance for us to act on that feedback and reintroduce you to the broadest and most widely used collection of services on the Internet.




No word about Windows Live Writer, but I'm not holding my breath. Got to say it would kind of piss me off if that becomes unavailable. I use it every day, multiple times a day. Also its too bad the Windows Live Essentials never lived up to its promise. I sure hope the Metro versions are at least as good and extensible as WLE was (but I doubt it as there doesn't seem to be any "extension"/plug-in/add-in story for Metro apps).

Thursday, April 26, 2012

SkyDrive for Windows, single folder tree sync getting you down? Want to sync any folder? Two words, "Directory Junctions" (oh and "Explorer Extension" too)

Bitdisaster - Sync any folder to SkyDrive

"With the arrival of the new SkyDrive app we are finally able to take advantage of the 25GB online storage. The new app allows you to sync a specific folder to your online storage like Dropbox. It is very simple; just drop whatever you want into the SkyDrive folder and it’s up to the cloud. But it also comes with the same limitations like Dropbox. If you are a Live Mesh user then you probably appreciate that you can sync any folder on your hard drive to the cloud not matter where it is located. This is a very nice feature because it allows you to keep your existing folder structure. For some reason this feature didn’t make it into the SkyDrive app and Live Mesh will be discontinued soon.

NTFS to the rescue

Fortunately NTFS has some nice feature that we barely use but can be very useful. One of them is symbolic links or folder junctions. Basically it allows you to mount a folder into another folder, so it looks like the folder is physically located there. So my thought was – if the Explorer can’t see it then SkyDrive can’t see it and will handle them as regular folders. The command to create such a link is:

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target.

The /D parameter creates a symbolic directory link and it was my first try because they are recommended over directory junctions /J but SkyDrive crashed with symbolic links while directory junctions worked with no problems. Plus, we don’t need admin rights to create junctions. If you execute the command then a junction will be created that like a folder and SkyDrive starts syncing its content.


While the command line just works fine I wanted a more convenient way to sync my folders; a perfect match for a shell extension. So I spent a couple of hours on implementing a little helper that can be downloaded as 64 bit version here SkyDriveShellEx_x64 [GD: Click through for the link] and 32 bit version here SkyShellEx_x32 [GD: Click through for the link] If you want to have a look at the source code first then you can find it here SkyShellEx_Project [GD: Click through for the link].




I love that he hosted his binaries/and source on SkyDrive. :)

As I said the other day, this is just the first of what I bet is a big wave for these kinds of hacks.


Related Past Post XRef:
Adding a simple "Send to... SkyDrive" to Windows Explorer
SkyDrive users take note! Want to keep your free 25GB storage (and not be cut to 7GB)? You need to take advantage of the free upgrade now...

MetroSky - End to end Windows Phone 7 SkyDrive sample code and app
SkyDrive API Link Round-Up
Code sample to access SkyDrive Photos API from WP7 (or any REST/OAuth/JSON enabled device/OS)
More information on integrating Windows Live, Hotmail and SkyDrive with your App's

The top 150 Geek-a-licious Windows utilities list by AddictiveTips
Directory Linker – Simple symbolic directory link utility for Vista/Windows 7
Junction Shell Extensions 1.1 Released

Monday, April 23, 2012

Adding a simple "Send to... SkyDrive" to Windows Explorer

keyboardp - 'Send to SkyDrive' in Context Menu

"With the new SkyDrive desktop client, I figured it would be great to be able to right click on a file or folder and copy it to the SkyDrive folder from the context menu. Turns out, it's pretty easy to set up and customize.


Of course you need the SkyDrive app installed,, first, but once you do this makes it pretty darn easy to send stuff to it. This is I'm sure only the first of very many like hacks.

SkyDrive users take note! Want to keep your free 25GB storage (and not be cut to 7GB)? You need to take advantage of the free upgrade now...

Are you a SkyDrive user? Happy that you have 25GB of free storage? Well you don't have 25GB of free storage any more. You now have 7GB of free storage.

But if you're an existing user you can get a free "upgrade" back to 25GB. But YOU have to do it (Unless you're already using 4GB+, then you'll auto-magically get upgraded)...

I just logged into my SkyDrive account and was prompted with the highlighted notice below.


After I clicked on the claim link;


Once I clicked on the free upgrade, I was back to 25GB;



Note: You can also download the Windows 7 Preview and iOS clients now too. Check out SkyDrive for Windows and OS X Lion app now available with new paid storage plans




So while I'm VERY happy there's finally official Windows Explorer integration for SkyDrive, the way the 7GB cut is being handled irks me a little. An email a few days prior to this, a proactive notification of this change, would have been nice...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Get a little more Live... QFE Windows Live Essentials 2011 update released

Aaron's Live Writer Blog - An update for Windows Live Writer–Wave 4 is now available

" While I am no longer working on Windows Live Writer I still talk with that team and today we announced that there is an update to the Windows Live Essentials suite —

When talking with the Writer team they said they just made QFE level bug fixes and did not add new features to the product. As always I would recommend updating as things should be more stable than what you have today. You can get the new version from

As an aside working on the Photo Gallery team we did make some improvements when working with web services in that users of flickr, Facebook, or Geo-tagging will enjoy and that should be reason enough to update your build" [GD: Post leached in full]

While the future of WLE is very much up in the air, I'm glad it's not totally dead...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Using Photo Fuse in Windows Live Photo Gallery to make the perfect picture

Living with Live - How I make use of Photo Fuse in Windows Live Photo Gallery

"During our recent day out in York I wanted to take a photo of a very attractive building, but there were so many people walking in front of this particular building, I simply couldn’t get a clear shot of it. The answer is to take quite a few shots from exactly the same spot so that you can ‘fix’ it and remove all of the people using Photo Fuse in Windows Live Photo Gallery. Of course, the original intention of Photo Fuse was to arrive at a perfect ‘Group’ shot of people, but I find Photo Fuse far more useful when I wish to take a shot of something and I can’t get a clear shot without including people walking past. Here is my step by step ‘how-to’ showing you just how to remove any unwanted portion of your photos and arrive at your perfect shot.

1. Firstly take as many shots as you can of your intended subject, the more the merrier, and make sure each shot is taken from the same spot. (see my photos of the building below.)



Step by step guide to go from these;


To this;


I don't see Photo Fuse discussed to often, or Windows Live Photo Gallery for that matter, so when I saw this and how it showed Photo Fuse being used differently that most examples (which show group pictures with on person looking away, eyes closed, etc and then Fusing them into one where everyone is just right...) I knew I had to capture it for future reference...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

MetroSky - End to end Windows Phone 7 SkyDrive sample code and app

Microsoft Developer Network - MetroSky - A Complete SkyDrive Sample for Windows Phone


This is a “Realworld-Sample” showing, how to implement a complete application to manage and view your files on SkyDrive, using the current version of the Live SDK 5.0 and the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.



This application was published on Windows Phone Marketplace, just a few days ago, and allows the following operations on SkyDrive:

Manage your SkyDrive files in a effective, fast and simple manner:

    • Browse your files
    • Navigate folders
    • Delete files
    • Move files
    • Copy files
    • Browse your pictures
    • Take pictures and upload them to your albums
    • Copy pictures from your Windows Phone to SkyDrive
    • Edit Word and Excel files


    Some more interesting Live SDK/SkyDrive related code to check out. This seems like one of the more complete samples I've run across...

    Related Past Post XRef:
    SkyDrive API Link Round-Up
    Code sample to access SkyDrive Photos API from WP7 (or any REST/OAuth/JSON enabled device/OS)
    More information on integrating Windows Live, Hotmail and SkyDrive with your App's

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    A story about the web tech used to get a nonprofit up, running, online and all free

    Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog - Getting a nonprofit up and running with free online tools

    In May 2010 I decided I wanted to involve myself more into the broader French and French speaking community of Puget Sound in Washington State. I reached out to a nonprofit called l’Union des Fran├žais de l’Etranger (UFE), to see how I could help and to my surprise I discovered that nothing was really happening locally; even more surprisingly they ended up asking me whether I would be interested in launching the local chapter myself. It was quite more than what I was bargaining for but after r reaching out a handful of equally motivated French people, we officially launch the UFE Seattle chapter in February 2011.

    From the onset it was clear that our little team had to find a way to be as productive as possible. All our board members were already busy with full time jobs, studies, children, or a combination! We also knew that to scale we needed to find an infrastructure that could not only be started quickly but also that would be free as we had limited funding.. I spent the few first weeks looking around to see what kind of online tools were available to help us get started and grow. We knew that we wanted to be present on the social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and have a blog, a website, and a newsletter.

    Setting up our presence on web was fairly simple. We utilized social networking sites, a Wordpress blog ,a newsletter, email, and a simple website. That was the easy part.

    The hard part was finding a way to securely and easily communicate and collaborate with the board members including keeping track of emails, sharing photos, and documents such as our non-profit charter, promotional materials and graphic assets. We also wanted to create an online repository of local French services such as French speaking doctors and businesses (especially bakeries!) that would be easier to maintain than a webpage given how much we expected the volume of information to grow over time. So how could we do all of this and be able to share information with our members in the same scalable way? How could we separate which information we would share with the broad public, and which would be held for members only?

    After discovering the latest Windows Live tools I finally found a way to achieve all of this, easily, for free and in a way that will scale for the future by combining several tools:

    • Windows Live Group to create groups for our board and for our members
    • Hotmail, to be our email address
    • SkyDrive to store board, members or public information
    • Office online to share and edit information
    • Windows Live Writer-to easily update our WordPress blog to blog and use the subscription function to have a newsletter generated for us.

    How did we implement this?



    I dug this post in how it showed how you can bring a number of Microsoft and other services together to do stuff that in the past has required some kind of infrastructure in the past. We live in amazing times...

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Microsoft Camera Codec Pack (think “1.97 bazillion custom camera codec’s, one download”) + Windows Photo Gallery gets RAW (support)

    Microsoft Downloads - Microsoft Camera Codec Pack (16.0.0652.0621)

    “The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats. Note: Clicking Download means you agree to the Microsoft service agreement and privacy statement. Additional details below.

    Version: 0652.0621
    Date Published: 7/26/2011

    Language: Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English

    MicrosoftCodecPack_amd64.msi, 8.0 MB
    MicrosoftCodecPack_x86.msi, 4.0 MB

    • The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Window Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based in Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC).
    • Installing this package will allow supported RAW camera files to be viewable in Windows Explorer.
    • This package is available in both the x86 and x64 versions .
    • The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack provides support for the following device formats:
      • Canon: EOS 1000D (EOS Kiss F in Japan and the EOS Rebel XS in North America), EOS 10D, EOS 1D Mk2, EOS 1D Mk3, EOS 1D Mk4, EOS 1D Mk2 N, EOS 1Ds Mk2, EOS 1Ds Mk3, EOS 20D, EOS 300D (the Kiss Digital in Japan and the Digital Rebel in North America) , EOS 30D, EOS 350D (the Canon EOS Kiss Digital N in Japan and EOS Digital Rebel XT in North America), EOS 400D (the Kiss Digital X in Japan and the Digital Rebel XTi in North America), EOS 40D, EOS 450D (EOS Kiss X2 in Japan and the EOS Rebel XSi in North America), EOS 500D (EOS Kiss X3 in Japan and the EOS Rebel T1i in North America), EOS 550D (EOS Kiss X4 in Japan, and as the EOS Rebel T2i in North America), EOS 50D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mk2, EOS 7D, EOS D30, EOS D60, G2, G3, G5, G6, G9, G10, G11, Pro1, S90
      • Nikon: D100, D1H, D200, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D300, D3000, D300s, D3X, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D700, D70s, D80, D90, P6000
      • Sony: A100, A200, A230, A300, A330, A350, A380, A700, A850, A900, DSC-R1
      • Olympus: C7070, C8080, E1, E10, E20, E3, E30, E300, E330, E400, E410, E420, E450, E500, E510, E520, E620, EP1
      • Pentax (PEF formats only): K100D, K100D Super, K10D, K110D, K200D, K20D, K7, K-x, *ist D, *ist DL, *ist DS
      • Leica: Digilux 3, D-LUX4, M8, M9
      • Minolta: DiMage A1, DiMage A2, Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D in Europe, ╬▒-7 Digital in Japan)
      • Epson: RD1
      • Panasonic: G1, GH1, GF1, LX3


    Besides the scope of supported formats (wow) I find it cool/interesting that they used an third party library, LibTif. I mean that’s smart, and anyone else would, but its not something you would expect from Microsoft.


    Third Party Legal Notices
    This product contains software licensed under terms which require Microsoft to display the following notice(s):

    • For LibTif only:


    Also check out, Photo Gallery now supports raw format


    We know from customer feedback that dealing with raw images on Windows hasn’t always been easy. While there is software that works well to convert raw files to JPEG, we have some good news for consumers looking for a built-in Windows solution. Today we’re happy to announce that Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 now supports raw format images. Just download the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack for Windows 7 and Windows Vista to be able to view raw photo files from more than 120 DSLR cameras in Photo Gallery, as well as in Windows Explorer.

    Viewing is only part of the story. Photo Gallery will also support editing copies of your raw images. Because raw files are like digital negatives, they’re protected originals, not to be altered or harmed. We know your originals are precious, so if you want to alter a raw image, Photo Gallery makes a copy of the raw original and converts it to either JPEG or the far superior JPEG-XR (or HD Photo) format. With JPEG-XR, all of the quality of the raw original is there so you can fine-tune different editing effects. You can fix red-eye, remove blemishes, or make detailed image adjustments with confidence knowing your original raw file is safe. When you use your raw files to construct an amazing panoramic stitch or Photo Fuse, a new file is generated and you get an even higher quality result than before.

    With the new codec pack, Windows will now support viewing and editing a wide range of photo file formats including raw, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and more. …”

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    More information on integrating Windows Live, Hotmail and SkyDrive with your App's

    Inside Windows Live - Developers – Learn how to bring data from Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive to your mobile apps

    "With the recent release of our developer platform we’ve made it easy for developers on modern mobile platforms such as Windows Phone, Android, and iOS to easily integrate the ability for users to access their information such as contacts and photos from Hotmail, Messenger, and SkyDrive in their favorite mobile apps and devices.

    We’ve streamlined the process for doing this in the following ways:

    • Lightweight application setup process which requires no server-side code.
    • Mobile optimized sign-in and user consent experiences
    • Providing code samples which illustrate the key steps in building a mobile application that access a user’s cloud data



    Dare has added background and more details related to his code sample I mentioned yesterday (Code sample to access SkyDrive Photos API from WP7 (or any REST/OAuth/JSON enabled device/OS)). This post does a nice job of fleshing out that sample and lets us know more is coming... I also appreciate that while they demo the code on Windows Phone 7, as they should, they've not locked the door on other platforms. Sure it would be short sighted in the extreme to ignore Android/iOS, but companies can be kind of, well, short sighted in the extreme, sometimes...


    Related Past Post XRef:
    Code sample to access SkyDrive Photos API from WP7 (or any REST/OAuth/JSON enabled device/OS)

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    Code sample to access SkyDrive Photos API from WP7 (or any REST/OAuth/JSON enabled device/OS)

    Microsoft Developer Network - SkyDrive Photo API sample for WP7

    "The code sample shows how to access a user's SkyDrive photos using the SkyDrive APIs. It shows how to sign-in the user, get their permission to access their data and then access their data using RESTful interfaces. The sample shows the best practices for interacting with Windows Live's OAuth 2.0 end point and is a pattern that can be followed on other mobile platforms such as Android or iOS.

    Building the Sample

    The sample requires a valid client ID to be placed in the code to compile. Go to the Windows Live application management site to create a valid client ID.


    The sample shows how to construct a URL that the when navigated to in a WebBrowser control takes the user through signing into Windows Live, granting the application permission to access their data and which returns an OAuth 2.0 access token that the application can then use to make subsequent calls to the SkyDrive API.


    Source Code Files

    • UserInfo.cs - represents the data returned by the JSON request for a user's information
    • AlbumInfo.cs - represents the data returned by the JSON request for a user's photo albums
    • MainPage.xaml.cs - This is where the bulk of the application logic lives.


    Interesting... Not sure I've seen a complete working example like this. Heck I wasn't aware that the Windows Live SDK - REST API had this level of SkyDrive Photo support. Given the "Windows Live Messenger Connect" title on the API, I didn't even think to look for SkyDrive support in it... funny that... :/

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    Cool Windows Live Writer Tip of the [whatever] - Changing the location where your drafts and recent posts are stored with one click...

    LEHSYS - How to change the Drafts and Recent Posts folder in Windows Live Writer 2011

    "Windows Live Writer is a fantastic offline blogging tool with a WYSIWYG editor. It interfaces with just about any blog service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, etc.] If you're a blogger you'll find this tool incredibly helpful- and it's refreshingly free from Microsoft.

    One of the things that’s a hindrance to the application; it doesn’t let you choose where you want to put your drafts and recent posts.

    But ah-ha! Seems after years of asking, there’s a registry hack for Windows Live Writer that’ll allow you to save your Drafts and Recent posts anywhere you’d like you…


    But WAIT, if you act now… you can get— this!

    Microsoft is lazy. They know how to fix it and they could code it really quick, but they like watching people squirm throughout registry, hoping they’ll muck something up. That’s just wrong…

    So, I wrote this; it performs the same functions you’ve seen there, to add the alternate location to the registry. You can do the previous steps manually, or do them with this… it’s up to you.



    Nice! I love developers... Whereas some would be happy with the a reghack, we instead take the extra time and effort to make something that's hidden or hard, easy and simple.

    This can be used to make your Windows Live Writer usage easier and consistant. Think mapping WLW on multiple machines to a single network share for these files (which Scott (@scottisafool) and the Larry Henry, the author (@lehsys), have recently tweeted about doing), or sync'ing/mesh'ing/cloud'ing the files, etc.

    Hat tip to Scott (@scottisafool) for the tip about this.

    Saturday, February 19, 2011

    One way to avoid Windows Live Writer "Temporary Post" spam - Use Scott Lovegrove's WLWBackup

    Scott's Windows Live Ramblings - Prevent Those Annoying “Temporary Posts” From Live Writer

    "So you’ve just bought a new laptop and installed all your usual programs, you now need to configure Live Writer to point to your blog. Great. Only, for Live Writer to get a good grasp of your blog’s theme, it has to publish a temporary post from which it can get all the desired information. Ok, fair enough. But, a lot of times, those posts will get picked up on your RSS feed, will then get tweeted for the world to see, or at the very least, your gran on facebook. You don’t want that. As much as you might think it doesn’t matter, you will get replies, mostly questioning ones (“WTF?!”).

    So what can you do?

    Well, if you have Live Writer configured on any other computer, then you can always bring those settings (including blog themes) over to the new computer. And it’s as easy as 1..2..3. There is a program called WLWBackup, which you can download from CodePlex (Shameless disclosure: it’s my app!). You will need to install this on both your other/old computer and your new computer.



    Seeing the below WLW post spam in my morning feeds reminded me that to blog about Scott's post above.


    There's really no easier way to backup and restore WLW settings, information, posts and plugins than Scott's WLWBackup utility (cough... until we get some kind of mesh/cloud sync built into WLW... cough... Hey a boy can dream, right? ;)

    His utility "just works" and if anyone knows the ins and outs of WLW it's Scott. It really is as easy as 1..2...3...


    Related Past Post XRef:
    Windows Live Writer Backup v3 Released – Don’t leave your WLW without it…

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    Windows Live Calendar Desktop Gadget

    CodePlex - Windows Live Calendar Gadget


    Project Description
    Windows Live Calendar Gadget will be a calendar desktop gadget primary developed for Windows 7. The purpose will be to display (only) events from public calendars on but it would be capable to read any *.ics file.

    • compatible with iCal format (*.ics files) - tested on Windows Live Calendar and Google Calendar
    • fully skinable - includes the Aero skin which changes its base color according to your actual Aero color
    • multilingual support - currently available English, German, Czech and Slovak translations (in Czech version displays name days)
    • highlighting of long-continuing events

    • MS Windows Vista or MS Windows 7




    I was just looking for something like this, and worse case a Windows Live Calendar API to write it myself if it didn't exist (and since there's such API, I was back a square one).

    Then I noticed a code check-in for this project in my feeds, "Ah yes! I had forgotten about this!" (lol, talk about good timing!)

    Downloaded, installed, Live Calendar ICS's hunted down, gadget configured, and low and behold...


    JUST what I wanted! A simple means to easily and quickly monitor my Live Calendar events, without the overhead of Outlook or Windows Live Mail running. Oh yeah, it does reminders too... Plus the source (GNU) is available too.

    The hardest part is getting the different web calendar ICS URL's, but if you follow the doc's on the project site, it will walk you through it.

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 is now… (i.e. the new Movie Maker, Photo Gallery and Windows Live Writer Plugin gallery)

    meraTechPort - Windows Live Plug-ins site launched !

    “The plug-ins are one of the most useful additions to various Windows Live products. These enhances the usefulness immensely. Now a new , neat , clean  site has been created featuring these plug-ins.” [GD:Post leached in full]

    Windows Live Plug-ins (


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    I have to thank Microsoft, and the team behind this, for not forcing all plugin authors to resubmit our plugins… THANK YOU! :)

    Also thank you for keeping the plugin download statics. For example, on my Text Template WLW Plugin , found here Text Template, you can see the 9K downloads from when it was on the

    I do like the clean UI and presentation. It does feel simpler, cleaner and easier than the old gallery implementation. I still like the Visual Studio Gallery and VS2010 Extension Manager better, but this is a good step forward.

    Thoughts (in random order):

    • Search?
    • Plugin Author Submission editing (i.e. I’d like to edit the description for my plugin)
    • Online submission form (instead of the email)
    • RSS Feed
    • More Team Transparency (I’d really like to hear more from the Windows Live/WLW team. What they are working on, plans, etc, etc… something maybe like the CodePlex team?)

    In any case, this is MUCH better than I originally feared. Thank you again MSFT/team for listening :)


    Related Past Post XRef:
    Goodbye Windows Live Writer - To its Gallery as the first step…but next?

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Goodbye Windows Live Writer - To its Gallery as the first step…but next?

    <rant alert> This post is a rant. I’m going to bitch, moan, groan and whine about something that upsets me. It’s not meant to start any flame wars, battles or anything like that. I just feel the need to vent and since this is my blog… ;)  </rant alert>

    Windows Live Writer (WLW) has a huge following as one of the best blog writing tools around. But recent versions has had people, including myself, wondering at its future. The Wave 4 (aka Windows Live Essentials 2011 version) feature set is anemic, at best. We get the ribbon and a change in the shortcut keys. That feels like about it. And from my seat, worse there’s nothing for developers.

    Now the Writer Gallery is being killed.

    The WLW plug-ins are one of the main draws, one of the major reasons WLW is so darn good. As the iPhone has taught us, it’s the app’s, stupid. In WLW’s case, it’s the plug ins, stupid! Now the Gallery as we knew it is being replaced with the below process;

    Dear Windows Live Writer plug-in authors,

    On behalf of the Windows Live Writer team and all of our customers, thank you for the valuable contributions your plug-ins have made to the Writer experience.

    We’re writing to let you know that Writer’s plug-in hosting and submission processes are changing.  Note: Existing plug-ins currently hosted on Windows Live Gallery will need to be resubmitted using the new process outlined below.  In the future, should you wish to provide additional plug-ins for Writer, we request that you also submit your plug-ins using this process.

    We hope that you find the new plug-in submission process and hosting solution simple and lightweight.

    New plug-in submission process:

    1.       Author uploads plug-in MSI installer to Windows Live SkyDrive using his/her Windows Live ID (email address).

    2.       Author emails (Windows Live Essentials Plug-ins) including the following information:

    ·         Author name

    ·         Author Windows Live ID (that will host the plug-in MSI)

    ·         Author contact email address

    ·         Plug-in name

    ·         Plug-in description

    ·         Plug-in category (pick only one):

    ·   Formatting/clipboard

    ·   Post publishing

    ·   Pictures

    ·   Buttons

    ·   Other content

    ·   Miscellaneous

    ·         URL to plug-in MSI on SkyDrive

    3.       Writer team verifies that the plug-in works as described.

    4.       Writer team updates public list of Writer plug-ins that will include information on the plug-in and a link to the installer that is hosted on the author’s SkyDrive.

    5.       Writer team notifies plug-in author that plug-in has been listed.

    We value your efforts and want to ensure that your plug-ins will continue to be accessible for the many people interested in them.  In order to do this, we need you to resubmit any existing plug-ins on Windows Live Gallery using this new process by September 10, 2010. You will be able to add more plug-ins after this date, but we need you to move existing plug-ins by then.

    Please email us with any questions or concerns about the new plug-in submission process at Other support requests should be directed to the Windows Live Solution Center.


    The Windows Live Writer Team

    Are you kidding me? We have to self-host our plug ins (gee, talk about future link management, breaking, “department of what could go wrong” etc, issues)? The submission process is email based? The Gallery, with it’s review, stats, searching, etc, is being replaced with some kind of “public list”? Wow, welcome to the 90’s

    Come on, I hate to say this, but this is lame. If this were from a single person or small company, then sure, this might be okay. But from Microsoft I really expect much more. The funny thing is the Gallery killed a number of WLW Plug-in listing sites. Now this move takes us back a half decade…

    As a developer of a top 20 WLW plugin, Text Template, (okay, so it only has 8k downloads, but still it’s in the top 20! :) I do not see this as any kind of improvement. At this point I don’t see any benefits to WLW users or developers. Am I going to resubmit my free plugin? I really doubt it.

    VS2010’s Extension Manager and VSIX is the model to beat. THAT would help everyone. That would seriously rock. This? meh…


    Given the lack of real love being given to WLW and now this move… I truly wonder at the long term life span for WLW. Unless I hear good news soon, I believe it’s time to add WLW to the Death Watch List.  And that really makes me kind of sad…

    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    Windows Live Essentials 2011 (aka Wave 4) Direct Download Links - Windows Live Wave 4: Direct Download Links

    Wave 4 is here (!!) and we’re all about saving time here at Liveside, so we’ve compiled a list of all the available languages for the the Wave 4 beta and their associated downloads, both web and full.


    The crew at Liveside.Net, doing their normal outstanding work, have provided us the direct download links for today’s release of Windows Live Essentials 2010 (aka Wave 4 or WLE11)…

    (BTW, this is my first post with WLE11’s Live Writer… interesting. Going to take a bit to get used to it….)