Microsoft Censors Links in Windows Live Messenger

As reported by TorrentFreak.com

The Pirate Bay is not only the most visited BitTorrent site on the Internet, but arguably the most censored too. Many ISPs have been ordered to block their customers’ access to the website, and recently Microsoft joined in on the action by stopping people sharing its location with others. Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger (MSN) now refuses to pass on links to The Pirate Bay website, claiming they are unsafe.

Imagine that you found this great new band sharing their music on BitTorrent for free.

You’re actually so excited about this find you want to share the experience with friends, so you paste them a link to the official torrent file via Windows Live Messenger.

Although this might sound like a good idea to some, Microsoft appears to disagree. Those who try to paste a Pirate Bay link to their friends through Windows Live Messenger will notice that it never reaches its destination.

Instead, Microsoft alerts the sender that The Pirate Bay is unsafe. Apparently, the company is actively monitoring people’s communications to prevent them from linking to sites they deem to be a threat.

Windows Live – More Ways to Connect? or annoy?

Windows Live now supports importing and sending alerts to your FaceBook and LinkedIn buddies and contacts

More Ways to Connect - Windows Live

I feel they have tried to get in the social networking business by creating this. It is not too attractive has BUGs, especially related to security because its for everyone (no opt-outs) and other contacts can see and connect to your contacts (if you dont have the proper privacy options enabled which are turned off by default). It sucks!!

Microsoft Vista – Resource Hog

Most of you already know that Microsoft Vista is a resource hog in terms of disk-space-consuption and memory (RAM) but this is ridiculous.

Today I got an alert in Microsoft Vista that my 20G partition is running out of space and has nearly 300MB left in it. I have all my programs installed in a seperate partition AND all my documents / desktop is also in another partition. It was really surprizing for me. I ran Disk Cleanup and it revealed there 2GB can be freed from primary partition where Vista is installed. Here are the screen-shots.

Microsoft Vista resource hog - disk cleanup

Microsoft Vista resource hog - disk cleanup 2

It really is a resource hog, but even then I love working in Vista 🙂

Is Windows Live really stable?

I just came up with this question today morning when I am not able to even check or see old mails in my Windows Live mail account.

I had previously blogged about Windows Live policies on the number of email per hour and you know what? I cannot even get ANY email pass through that server to my hotmail live account even though my domain (and all its IPs) are not blacklisted.

Check the screenshot that I have been redirected to since morning

Windows Live Stable

Microsoft TaskMarket, another job market?

Microsoft has introduced a new service called Microsoft Task Market which connects small businesses with skilled freelancers for help such as web development, graphic design, marketing, copy writing, document translation, and virtually anything.

Simply put, Task Market allows you to post a job in order to find someone who can do it for you. If you are a freelancer, it helps you to search for jobs for which you can get paid in return.

This service is similar to other famous freelance places like ODesk, RentACoder, GetaCoder, GetaFreelancer etc but with Microsoft on its backend, Task Market looks quite promising.

The interface is very easy and simple and you can login using a Windows Live account. Users have their own profile where they get rated on the amount of jobs they have posted/solved. All payments are done using Paypal. Hopefully Task Market will also start working with Payoneer, WireTransfers and Mail Checks etc just like its competitors.

World’s Cheapest Windows Laptop

Microsoft and India’s HCL Infosystems said they would work together to develop a Windows-based laptop PC that will be the cheapest available in any market worldwide.

The system, called the MiLeap H Series, will run Windows XP Home and will sell for 17,000 Indian rupees, or about $425 (U.S.). The MiLeap H features a 30-GB hard drive and is “broadband ready,” the companies said in a statement Friday.

Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner, at a launch event in Mumbai, said the offering is meant to “empower Indian consumers and businesses with the latest and best that technology has to offer.”

Microsoft, along with a number of other vendors, is eyeing the low-cost PC market as a major growth opportunity — particularly in emerging markets where average incomes pale compared with the West. The company recently announced that it would extend the life of its Windows XP operating system, but only for deployment on low-cost systems.

Low-cost PCs that run on Linux, from Asus, Everex, and other vendors, also are becoming increasingly popular as some computer users conclude that mainstream systems running the Windows or Macintosh operating systems are overpowered for their needs.

Also on Friday, Microsoft and HCL said they would jointly establish a new Center of Excellence in India, staffed with 500 programmers trained to develop Microsoft-based solutions for various industries in the country.

India is becoming increasingly important to Microsoft — and not just as a source of low-cost programming talent. Domestic spending in India for IT services will grow by about 43% in 2008, according to Indian IT trade group Nasscom.

Source: InformationWeek

JoinRed, Microsoft and Dell

JoinRed.com Today i got to know about JoinRed.com and the new Red series computers by Dell featuring a customized version of Windows Vista. It is a cause to end AIDS in Africa.

Here is what the website has to say

Bono, co-founder of (RED); Bill Gates, founder and Chairman of Microsoft; and Michael Dell, founder and Chairman of Dell; together at the World Economic Forum announce that Dell and Microsoft are joining (RED) to help fight AIDS in Africa, with the introduction of a series of Dell (PRODUCT) RED personal computers powered by Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED.

Just take a look at the homepage here.

I wonder when i would be able to see any (Red) products in my country.