Move To Make Windows Live Writer Open Source

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Everyone knows about the Windows Live products from Microsoft. The cluster includes Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Mail, and Windows Live Writer. The last is a blog-publishing application, with features that allow you to create and optimize content for publishing a webpage on WordPress and Blogger sites.

Windows Live Writer program assists with sharing photos and videos on blogs. It allows you to preview each item that you add, so you will know the precise way the visual and textual elements will come together on the final page you publish. This lets you arrange customized layouts easily and fast.

There is even the option to make photo albums, where you only have to choose a style from those offered, and sit back and let the application do the rest. It is packed with handy features anyway, but for people who like to poke around for added functionality, there are add-ons aplenty as well. Still, experts say that it lacks substantial Windows Live support.

Live Writer is widely used for publishing pages on WordPress, and easing up the process. However, as its use has seen a noticeable drop over some time now, many users would be happy to know of internal talks towards taking it open-source. With this, the application stands a greater chance to improve with the help of user feedback and participation. What is lacking though is the possibility to update Windows Live Writer, let alone get it out there as a Modern app for the Windows OS versions. Sadly, the current version is incompatible with Surface and Surface 2.

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Microsoft is asking people to re-tweet a twitter post from Scott Hanselman, an executive of the Microsoft Web Platform Team. Apparently, this is to gauge how popular is Windows Live Writer as an open-source app, which is actually quite a lot, considering the 1K re-tweets this post has managed. However, they are looking for 20 times that, which is excessive proof that people like the program.

Despite the absence of appreciable Windows Live support for it, many still love the simplicity and usefulness of this application. In addition, there are little touches of brilliant feature incorporation, like when you click the Hyperlink button; it copies the URL that is on your clipboard. Also the overall fact of being able to manage all your blogs from a single place, and create and edit posts offline make it all the more famous. Still, WordPress Editor, a competitor product, is fast replacing Windows Live Writer as the popular choice for blog-publishing.

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Making Your Windows Computer A Wi-Fi Hotspot

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You may have heard of making use of laptops and computers as Wi-Fi hotspots. With the help of the Virtual Wi-Fi Router App, the users will be able to turn their Windows computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot, in addition to using the PC to accomplish their daily tasks. Virtual Wi-Fi router is free and open source software based router for computers that are running on Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2008 R2. The user will be able to connect and share any Internet connection with any Wi-Fi device like laptop, iPad etc. These devices connect to a virtual router like any other access point.

This provides a safe and secure sharing environment making use of WPA2 encryption (this is the most secure wireless encryption). The Windows help tips that are shared below will show you how to set up your Windows computer as a Wi-Fi hotspot.


  • Make sure that your Windows computer has at least one Wi-Fi adapter card installed in it. After that, put the virtual router software DVD in the CD drive of your computer and run the setup file.
  • Wait for the installation to complete and after it has finished successfully, you may run the application and do the settings that are given below.
  1. Fill in the network’s name (SSID) – You can give any name with which you wish to share your Internet connection.
  2. Select a password- By default the program will given as some random password, as like any other physical device meant for security, but the users will be able to change the password as per their convenience.

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  3. Choose the connection that you wish to change from the drop-down menu.
  4. After finishing all these setting steps, you can click on the Start button.
  • Try connecting any Wi-Fi enabled device to check your connection. If you are able to connect but unable to use Internet, then it could be your Firewall acting up. Go to your Firewall settings and allow the application to use the network.

These are the simple steps to use your Windows computer as a Wi-Fi hotspot. If you have any doubts or confusions in any of the steps that are explained above, you can contact the Windows help and support team. They will be able to help you finish the steps without encountering any errors.

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Setting Up Junk Email Filter In Outlook

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     Email Setup

Microsoft Outlook is the email manager program that most of the people use for managing their emails. Even though most of us know about the program as an email manager, it is actually a personal manager program that allows the users to schedule meetings, manage contacts and take notes. One of the important features of Outlook client is that it allows the users to configure custom junk email filters. Here we discuss how you can configure junk email filter settings using the Outlook email setup process.


  • Open the Outlook email manager program and then click on the Home tab found at the top left corner of the application window. Select the option labeled as Junk E-mail found in the Junk tab.
  • When the Junk E-mail Options window appears on the screen, select one of the four different levels of junk mail filter options displayed on the screen according to your discretion and then click on the OK button for saving the changes.
  • Now you will be shown five different junk email filter lists, you can select any one of the lists for managing your emails in the Junk E-mail Options window. Below we describe them briefly.
    • Safe Senders List: The email addresses and domain names in this list are never treated as junk emails.
    • Safe Recipients List: If you add email addresses or domain names from mailing lists or distribution lists to this list, they will never be treated as spam.
    • Blocked Senders List: Every message you receive from a contact or domain in this list will be directly moved to your Junk Email Folder.

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               Setup Junk List In Outlook

    • Blocked Top-Level Domains List: This list is used to add country or region codes to the filter list so that you can filter all messages coming from a specific country to the junk email folder.
    • Blocked Encodings List: if you wish to filter out emails that contain special characters or encoding in their content, you can add those encodings to this list and do so.
  • If you wish to eliminate a specific email from the filters set, add it to the Safe Senders list found in the Junk E-mail Options window.
  • Click on the OK button for saving the changes.

If you follow the simple Outlook email setup instructions given above, you would be able to configure the junk email filter with the Outlook program.

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Adding Shared Contacts Folder As The Address Book List

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        Outlook Address List

It is possible to share contacts among people when you are using Microsoft Outlook with a Microsoft Exchange account. Adding a contact folder to your address book list from another mailbox is not possible. You can either consider listing these contacts in SharePoint or in a public folder or you can search for the contacts directly in the shared contact list. You will have to add the contacts to the public folders favorite before you add a contact folder from Public folders to Outlook address book. All this is possible only with Microsoft Exchange Server.

If you wish to send a message to the contact, you just need to select the contact or contacts and then right click on them. From the menu, click on the option that says Create and then select E-mail to compose. Write the subject and the body of the message and hit the Send button.

Syncing Add-Ins For Shared Folders

Synchronizing the contacts is another way to access the contacts. With the help of an add-in called Code Two Folders Sync, you can synchronize the shared folder by creating an additional folder in your own mailbox. On the other hand, you might use a more advanced Copy Folder to do the same. You can change the setting of the visibility of the Address List in the address box, since the contact list remains in your mailbox.

Microsoft Exchange Server

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The Code Two Folders Sync is free and very easy to set up in your mailbox. Start by creating a Contacts Folder in your mailbox and then go to the Add-In Settings in order to set up a folder pair. Click on the Synchronize button that appears on the ribbons if it is Outlook 2013 or 2010 and in the toolbar if it is Outlook 2007 or any previous versions to synchronize contacts.

Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 And Multi Exchange Account Support

If you are not being listed as the delegate or if you do not have full access permission to the mailbox, then it is possible to add your mailbox as an additional Exchange account. This method of setting up the account as an additional Exchange Account might lead to issues while processing meeting requests and permissions in case you are listed as the delegate for the shared mailbox, therefore this feature is unsupported with the Microsoft Exchange Server.

This is how you add a shared contact to the address book list. Contact our tech support center for any further assistance on Outlook features or the Outlook address book.

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Privacy Issues With Outlook App For Android

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Microsoft has recently introduced an Android app for their email service. The application was well received by users of in Android market. However, some technicians found that there is a considerable amount of risk involved in using the application due to some privacy issues with the application. Through their research, they found that the app is exposing user data to third party applications. The main reason for the presence of the privacy issue is the fact that the app stores all its files in the file system area of Android. Files stored in this section are easily accessible for other third party applications installed in the smartphone.

The security company that found flaws in the security of the app stated in their blog post that the application was not developed by Microsoft, but was outsourced. In their blog post, they stated, “This app is described as being created by Seven Networks in conjunction or in association with Microsoft (i.e. it looks as if it was outsourced).” The researchers in their Outlook help desk website posted that the application does not provide any sort of security for the data stored in the memory of the device.

The team also stated that since the emails are stored directly in the storage, the pin for the Outlook program would not be able to protect the emails. It only has the ability to protect the graphical user interface of the program. This means that even though there is a PIN code for accessing the app, it is no good for protecting the emails stored in the phone’s memory. The security firm also quoted in their Outlook help desk website that “We feel users should be aware of cases like this as they often expect their phone’s emails are “protected” when using mobile messaging applications.”

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However, the Redmond based software giant Microsoft denied all the above statements and released a note that says, “We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Additionally, customers who wish to encrypt their email can go through their phone settings and encrypt the SD card data.”

The security firm found that the security issue is mainly found in Android devices that run in an operating system version that is released prior to Android 4.4 KitKat. This means that most of the smartphone users are affected by the security issue.

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