Many moons ago when we were planning the set of social features we would build into the next version of Windows Live, we were very mindful of the fact that our customers are inundated with lots of social networking sites and what people need are tools to manage their relationships across many services not yet another social networking site. As some of those features have now rolled out to the general public in the form of betas, I’ve been keeping an eye on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to see what regular people and techies think about what we’ve shipped.

What the Techies are Saying

Yesterday, Omar wrote a post on the Engineering Windows Live blog titled All Your Contacts in One Place where he talked about the work we’ve done in creating a single place where users can view and communicate with not only their Windows Live friends but also their contacts across multiple services including Facebook, MySpace and soon LinkedIn. Chris Messina posted the following in response to the story

I’ve talked about the work we’ve done around bringing customer value with the news feed that is integrated into the new Hotmail experience including how we’ve blended email into the news feed experience in recent posts. So I was pleased to see the following tweet from Jesse Stay

Thanks Jesse

Facebook Users on Windows Live

I regularly perform Facebook searches to see what people who are using the Windows Live Essentials beta think about the investments we’ve made in bringing social networking to the desktop in a big way. Here’s a sampling of some of the feedback I’ve found

You get the idea. Smile

Twitter Users on Windows Live

I performed the same sorts of searches on Twitter and found similar feedback. Here are a few of my favorites

It’s really exciting to see so many people validating the design choices we made and enjoying the product that we’ve spent the last couple of months building. The outpouring of positive feedback has been really humbling and has me jazzed up to build even more things that make people happier as they connect with the people they care about using our products.

Thank you to everyone who has tried out the various betas.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010 12:02:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I love all the new social stuff - it's fantastic. I've set as my homepage now and love how it pulls in content from all my social networks. I just home, come the fall release of Messenger, that you guys can do a good job of getting the message out there about your products as they're seriously overlooked at the moment.

Two things for the future - I'd love to be able to rearrange my photo albums (in the same way that I can rearrange my photos). I've got a stack of old photos I'd like to upload and share but I still want my latest photos at the top (I'm picky about organising my digital life, I guess! Haha).

Secondly, if I post a status update to Windows Live and Facebook from, say Messenger or, only the comments from Windows Live get synced back to my profile (if I *just* post to Facebook, I get my Facebook comments back). It would be nice if the comments from Facebook would sync back too in one place... Is that possible?

Great job though on all of the Wave 4 stuff.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:57:05 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Thanks for brief
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