Windows Live Wave 4. The Home Page.

Our Home page has had lot’s of fantastic new features added in the new Wave 4 updates, and I know that they will all be popular with everyone who uses the Windows Live site. Here are some of my favourite new features in the Home page.

Hotmail Highlights.

Hotmail highlights lets you see as soon as you enter your home page whether you have any emails, any private messages, all your flagged messages, etc. It also has a very useful birthday reminder for you which shows any up and coming birthdays of any of your friends on Windows Live, Facebook or any other service that you have enabled. Not only that, you can send that person a message straight away by clicking on the ‘send a message’ at the side. How handy is that? Now you have no more excuses for forgetting anyone’s birthday!

Private messages kept seperate.

Messenger.

Over on the right hand side of your Home page is a list of your messenger friends and this will show three of your contacts who are online by default,  but you can click on show all and the rest will then appear. Just click on a name, and the Messenger chat window will then open so that you can chat to your friends right there on your home page. Now that’s handy I’m sure you’ll agree! You can move the Messenger chat window around the Home page and place it anywhere you prefer. The Messenger chat window can be made larger by clicking on the ‘pop out’ icon at the top right hand corner of the window.

Using the chat window on the Home page

Messenger Social.

Underneath the Hotmail highlights lies Messenger social, the new name for all of your updates formally known in Wave 3 as What’s new with your Network. However in my opinion, the best new feature in Wave 4 is there is no longer any need to read about what your friends are up to on other sites or on Windows Live and not being able to interact with any of those updates , or have to click on the update and then leave Windows Live. Now you can comment on any of your friends updates made in  other social networking sites such as Facebook that you are connected to without leaving your home page!  The Highlights tab which is the default choice for your updates in Messenger social shows any updates from friends who are favourites for example. The other choices of updates that you can view are as follows, Recent, Me (your own updates) then under the More tab, you have the following updates, Photos, Status Messages, Links, Videos and Blogs.  If you choose the to see all your video updates, you can then watch them  right there in the Messenger Social feed, or you can comment on others blog posts and status updates without moving from your Home page. Not only that, all updates go up to at least 100, so you easily catch up what’s been happening whilst you’ve been offline or asleep.

Watching a video from inside my updates

So in the new Windows Live Wave 4 it’s so much easier to keep tabs on everything your friends are up to wherever they hang out and keep in touch with them but still remain in Windows Live, and you can chat away with any of them right there on your Home page.

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A granny and a geek? You bet! Still trying desperately to keep up with it all.

14 Responses to Windows Live Wave 4. The Home Page.

  1. Sean says:

    Facemessenger

  2. ROCKET says:

    WOO-HOO,my Blogspot page is featured in a TG blog!A strange thing happened a couple of days ago. When I opened Live Writer to write my daily post I got a pop up that said a new version was available and asking if I wanted to install it. When I clicked yes a download box opened and I realized I was downloading a complete Live Essentials package. This led me to think that Wave 4 had finally been released but after 30 minutes of downloading and installing the only difference I noticed was that I once again had messenger, which I never use because my typing skills aren’t up to chatting online. From what I gather here I guess I’ll soon be using it whether I want to or not.

  3. John says:

    Nice, thank you for sharing this, but how and/or when can we test/use some of the Wave 4 updates?Also as far as I know Windows Live Spaces did not even get any Wave 3 updates, but I could be wrong, is Windows Live Spaces going to be canceled in the near future?Keep up the good work.

  4. Cassie says:

    Windows Live just did a whole series of Updates involving most of their programs…the best way to find out if you need them is to go to http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2f7eb29b42641d59!34314.entry and follow the instructions there.

  5. technogran says:

    Works in a similar way Sean, but on every page on here and better, you can move it around and place it anywhere you want. Yes Rocket man there has been an update to all the Live Essentials Suite recently and no, when you get the new updates you aren’t forced to use Messenger if you don’t want to. John, you’ll be able to get your hands on it sometime in June (I think!) Thanks for that info Cassie.

  6. Jen says:

    I just wish they’d ‘urry up! Page loads are sooooo sloooowwww these days…

  7. Mandy says:

    Is this on your home page now TG ?

  8. Jen says:

    Wish I still had the blog commentary update thingie. Mine’s been nicked!

  9. Mandy says:

    Mine’s gone too Jen….. only 2 updates today…………. this is getting really old!

  10. Jen says:

    I can’t even find a section where I can activate (allow) updates for blog commentary anymore. I used to be able to set it. Ahhh – you’re right, Mandy. Nuffin’ really changes. All this is, is just to try and make the web pages look prettier. No disrespect to TG but the Homepage stuff I already have and have had for as long as I can remember. There’s really nothing new about it.

  11. technogran says:

    Mandy, no. It will be when its released to everyone sometime in June. So not long now folks! I think that Alerts are being worked on Jen and Mandy. Thanks everyone for the comments. Profile page next post.

  12. Gerry says:

    Good Info Technogran. But what about Spaces?

  13. technogran says:

    I’ll be building up to that Gerry………keep your eyes peeled.

  14. Sean says:

    building up to spaces? why, just answer the question tg…have they or have they not updated our spaces page?

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