19 November 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: The latest generation of Windows Live was introduced today by Microsoft Corp. spotting numerous feature-rich enhancements including local language support in Bahasa Malaysia, 25Gb online storage and lots more. The Windows Live's integrated set of online services will make it easier and more fun for consumers to communicate, discover and share.

{reg}by garytay, online editor

Long gone are the days when Instant messaging is merely about chatting with friends online. Users today are creating online content and sharing it in many places across the Web. To make it simpler for the 460 million Windows Live users to keep up to date with their friends, the latest generation of Windows Live brings closer collaboration with leading companies like Flickr, LinkedIn, Pandora Media, Photobucket, Twitter and Yelp to integrate activities on third-party sites.

Some of the key highlights of the updated experiences for photo sharing, e-mail, instant messaging include;

  • 25GB of storage online on Windows Live SkyDrive
  • More personalization on Windows Live Messenger, plus a "What's New" feed with updates across the web.
  • Drag and drop photo sharing in the conversation window.
  • A new favourites list has been added in for your most important contacts.
  • Group IM allows 20 simultaneous chat
  • Windows Live Hotmail include the ability to bring multiple e-mail accounts together plus the option to put multiple e-mail addresses onto almost any device.
  • A revamped Calendar that makes it easier to share calendars and closer integration with Outlook.
  • But most importantly, Windows Live is now local. Full local language capabilities in Bahasa Malaysia, plus 48 other languages including Bahasa Indonesia, Thai and Vietnamese.

If you have not tried the new Windows Live you can download it at http://download.live.com


(Standing from L-R): Presenting the highlights of Windows Live's new slew of products are Barrie Ooi, Head of Windows Live, South East Asia, Microsoft and Craig Law-Smith, Marketing Director, Microsoft Online Service Group, South East Asia.

"It is estimated that Asia currently accounts for 40% of all online users; as of June 2007, there were 14.9 million registered internet users in Malaysia alone. As these numbers continue to grow and more people get online, it is imperative that they have the best online experience so that they can share and communicate easily." said Craig Law-Smith, Marketing Director of Microsoft Online Service Group Southeast Asia.

According to Barrie Ooi, Head of Windows Live Southeast Asia, Microsoft, "There are currently 2 million Malaysians who log on to Windows Live Messenger on a daily basis. They send over 50 million messages daily."{/reg}

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