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11 Freely available Ebooks for Microsoft Office 2003
Here are 11 freely available ebooks on Microsoft Office 2003. Access is the database application for the Microsoft Office application suite. These MS Office ebooks provide many details and instructions on how to use the features and functions of the applications in this office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, and FrontPage.
Microsoft Office 2003 in 10 Simple Steps or Less (zip)
Teach Yourself Office 2003 in 24 Hours
Microsoft Office 2003 Super Bible
Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2003
How to Do Everything with Microsoft Office 2003
(pdf, 11499 kb)
Office 2003 Timesaving Techniques for Dummies
(pdf, 18152 kb)
Office 2003 Application Development All-in-One Desk Reference
(pdf, 10400 kb)
Using Microsoft Office 2003 Student Teacher Edition
(chm, 25024 kb)
Degunking Microsoft Office
(pdf, 73740 kb)
Illustrated Office 2003
(pdf, 338673 kb)
Office 2003 XML
(chm, 6360 kb)
Animated Visual How-To Tutorials for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
The University of Wisconsin-Stout provides the following excellent Microsoft tutorials covering Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Outlook Webmail. These tutorials will teach you many of the features you need to know to effectively use these Office applications. The tutorials consist of animated videos of the user working with and demonstrating the actual application, using the mouse and keyboard.
Animated Microsoft Word XP TutorialsAnimated Microsoft PowerPoint XP Tutorials
Working with Word
Margins, Tabs and Columns
- Using Help Menu
- Word Toolbar
- Spell Checker / Grammar Checker
- Paragraph Formatting Options
- Page Formatting Options
- Creating Headers and Footers
- Table Basics
- Splitting and Merging
- Navigating and Selecting within a Table
- Resizing Table Elements
- Formatting Tables
- Adding Borders and Shading
- Using the Sort Feature
- Calculating with Tables
Animated Microsoft Excel XP Tutorials
Printing and Saving
Working with Cells
- Saving a Spreadsheet
- Saving as a Webpage
- Excel Printing Basics
- Selecting the Print Area
- Print Preview
- Selecting Multiple Cells
- Cell Alignment
- Border Selections
- Deleting Cells
- Clearing Cell Formatting
- Fill Options
- Find and Replace Cells
- Naming Cells
- Inserting Columns and Rows
- Resizing Columns
- Resizing Rows
Animated Microsoft Outlook XP Tutorials
Microsoft Outlook Webmail TutorialsWebMail Basics
- Accessing Webmail
- Checking Inbox
- Using the Preview Screen
- Opening a Message
- Saving an Attachment
- Deleting a Message
- Deleted Message Folder
- Logging Off
Working with PowerPoint
- Beginning a New Presentation
- Saving Your Document
- Inserting Slides
- Deleting Slides
- Changing the Background
- Selecting a Design Template
Animation and Transitions
- Inserting a Text Box
- Inserting ClipArt
- Inserting a Picture From a File
- Inserting Movies and Sounds
- Inserting Action Buttons
- Creating a Chart
32 Tips for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word
Here are a total of 32 tips and tricks for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. These will help you better utilize the features of these Microsoft Office applications.
Microsoft Excel Examples and Tips
John Lacher, MBA has more than 10 years of experience as a developer of Microsoft Office based computer applications. His Excel Examples and Tips offer a wealth of free knowledge on how to effectively use many of Excel's intermediate and advanced features. For each example he provides an instruction page and an Excel spreadsheet containing the feature being demonstrated. Topics covered include forecasting, pivot tables, business related formulas, advanced formulas, charts and graphs, VBA coding, and dates and times. If you are having trouble downloading the spreadsheets or files, here are some downloading tips.
Excel Tutorials and Access VBA Functions
Meadinkent.co.uk provides the following well documented help and tutorials for Microsoft Excel and Access. This site will help you to learn and use many features of Excel and shows you how to code visual basic functions for Access, keeping you productive with these two office applications. A detailed Excel help index is also available.
Excel Help and Tutorials
Access Visual Basic Modules
The following are examples of various visual basic functions and procedures that can be used in Access databases. Some of these are linked to particular event properties on forms and reports. Most can be copied and pasted into modules and then called as needed. Be sure to always thoroughly test all of the code in your databases.
- Reports manager
- Using the Open Dialog box
- Creating web pages
- Various bits of code
- Status bar messages
- Complex criteria in queries
- Report template
- Various items in report properties
- Email distribution
- Program variables
- Generate XML files
Outlook User Guide
Here is a nicely written and illustrated User Guide for Outlook 2000. It covers many of this email and scheduling application's features and functions. Many of these topics are also applicable to Outlook 2003.
- Composing Messages
- Reading Messages
- Working with Items and Folders
- Outlook Folders
- Using Personal Folders
- Using Contacts and the Personal Address Book
- Using the Rules Wizard and Out of Office Assistant
- Using the Calendar
- Sharing Folders
- Getting Help
Free Microsoft Access Video Training
Here are excellent new Video Training Modules that teach you how to use Microsoft Access, from learningelectric.com. These are totally Free and will teach you all of the most commonly used features of Access. These free Access training videos are in Apple's QuickTime format, so you'll need to download QuickTime for free if you don't already have it installed.
3 Free Microsoft Project Ebooks
Here are 3 freely available ebooks on Microsoft Project 2003 and 2002 (XP). Project is the task and resource scheduling application in the Microsoft Office application suite. These Project ebooks provide many details and instructions on how to use the features and functions of this resource allocation application.
Dynamic Scheduling With Microsoft Project 2002
(pdf, 8472 kb)
Show Me Microsoft Office Project 2003
(chm, 19203 kb)
Project 2003 Personal Trainer
(chm, 10063 kb)
3) The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other Adobe and Macromedia Applications
23 Free Ebooks for Flash 5, Flash MX, and Flash 8
Here are 23 freely available ebooks for Flash 5, Flash MX, and Flash 8. These will help you learn advanced techniques and features of using Flash, including coding Actionscript.
- ActionScript for Flash MX (chm)
- Flash Remoting (chm)
- Flash 5 Bible (pdf)
- Flash MX Actionscript eBook (pdf)
- Flash MX for Windows (pdf)
- Flash 5 (pdf)
- Flash MX Manual (pdf)
- Using Flash MX (pdf)
- Flash 5 Bible (pdf)
- Flash and XML Developers Guide (chm)
- Flash MX (pdf)
- Using Flash MX (pdf)
- Flash MX Advanced (pdf)
- Flash MX ActionScript (chm)
- Server-Side Communication Actionscript Dictionary (pdf)
- ActionScript for Flash MX, 2nd Edition (chm)
- Flash MX Action Script (chm)
- Flash 8 Actionscript (rar)
- Flash Motion Graphics (rar)
- Developing Flashlite Apps (rar)
- Flash 8 Projects for Animation and Interactivity
- Flash 8 Bible Flash MX Techniques (pdf)
142 Flash MX Tutorials
Developingwebs.net hosts the following excellent 142 Flash MX Tutorials. These cover of the most important features of Flash that you will need to know to use this tool effectively. From this site you will learn the following Flash functionality: movie properties, timeline, and symbols, drawing, text, shape tween animations, motion tween animations, sound, guides, scripting variables, scripting properties of symbols, conditional statements, scripting movements about the timeline, scripting event handler actions, and math.
.21 Flash MX 2004 Tutorials
These Flash MX 2004 tutorials, from entheosweb.com, cover the basics of Flash MX 2004, and also teach you how to do some beautiful Flash effects, animations and Flash programming. These Flash tutorials include a live demo .swf file and .fla files to download. They are easy to understand as the tasks are described in simple language along with step-by-step instructions. Entheosweb's tutorial section is updated regularly. (I provided links to the main pages on this site in Aug. 2005, this post links to all of the Flash tutorials directly, including the new ones.)
This tutorial helps you to understand Motion Tween using Timeline. This tutorial follows step by step procedure along with our demonstration.
This tutorial helps you to understand Shape Tween using Timeline. This tutorial follows step by step procedure along with our demonstration and an example which will help you understand Shape tween better.
Working on Layers
This tutorial will teach you on how to work with Layers and add new layers in timeline window.
This tutorial will teach you on how to create motion guide.
This tutorial will teach you on how to mask a picture.
This tutorial will teach you how to customize your curser.
This tutorial will teach you how to create bouncing effect on a symbol using Motion Tween, Shape Tween and some final tweaking which would give a smooth finish.
Fade In & Fade Out Effect
This tutorial will teach you how to create a simple fade-in and fade-out effect.
Zoom In & Zoom Out Effect
This tutorial will teach you how to create a simple zoom-in and zoom-out effect.
Learn how to create a blur effect using Flash 8.0 filters.
Straight Ripple Effect
This tutorial will teach you how to create a simple ripple effect along with useful tips.
Circular Ripple Effect
This tutorial will teach you how to create a simple circular ripple effect along with useful tips.
Sparkling Glass Effect or Twinkling Star Effect
Learn how to create a sparkling glass effect in this tutorial.
Learn how to create random movement in Flash using movie clips and simple actionscript.
This tutorial explains how to create a very simple, basic preloader along with the creation of movie clip for preloader effect.
Simple Timeline Preloader
This tutorial explains how to create a very simple, timeline preloader.
This tutorial will teach you to create Digital clock using actionscript in Flash MX 2004.
This tutorial explains how to create Analog clock using actionscript.
ON\OFF Sound Button
This tutorial explains how to create ON/OFF button for your Music loop.
We have designed and developed Flash games that you can try out!
Free Flash Photo Gallery - Flash & XML Photo Album
Download free Flash photo galleries! Easy to update using Notepad! Add unlimited number of photos!
38 Photoshop CS Tutorials
Here are 38 Photoshop CS tutorials, from entheosweb.com, that teach you how to create many stunning Photoshop image effects. They are easy to understand as the tasks are described in simple language along with step-by-step instructions. Have fun trying out and learning these effects and images. Also, here are some free Photoshop templates offered by this site. (I provided links to the main pages on this site in Aug. 2005, this post links to all of the Flash tutorials directly, including the new ones.)
Website Banner with Logo
Learn how to create a simple website banner and a logo using Photoshop.
Magazine Image Effect
Learn how to change a photo to a front page magazine image.
Design a Unique Header
Part 1 of a 4 part tutorial on creating a website.
Slicing your Layout
Learn how to slice your website layout and save images for the web.
Shiny Starburst Effect
Follow this easy method of creating a starburst effect.
Free Photoshop Website Templates Download absolutely free Photoshop templates!
Simple Logo Design Ideas
Create logo designs using custom shapes in Photoshop.
Retouch an Image
Transform your photo with the Healing Brush and Stamp Tool.
Cool Photoshop Effects
Check out these simple photoshop effects using filters.
Learn how to give a halo effect to an image.
Reflection with ripple
Create a reflection with ripple and lighting effects.
Change facial expressions in photographs using the liquify tool.
Superimpose a Picture in Text
Learn how to give your text a background of any image.
Glass Block effect, Frosted glass effect, Tiny Lens effect.
Convert a photo to an icy image.
Brick Wall Texture
Create a Brick wall in just 2 steps.
Simple Photo Effects
Cross Stitch design, Pyramid texture, solarize an image.
Create a simple colorful twirl in just a few steps.
Check out this method of creating a rain effect.
Creating A Collage
Learn how to blend photos and create a collage.
Create Bubbles in photoshop in very few steps.
Designing your Layout
Design a website layout with an eye-catching header.
Develop a Website
Create your website by htmlizing your layout in dreamweaver
Learn to create a 3d ball in a few simple steps.
Create a rainbow and place it wherever you like on your image.
Cool Background Ideas
Make beautiful backgrounds using brushes and styles in Photoshop.
Torn Paper Edge Effect
Create a torn edge effect for your postcard or photo in Photoshop.
Great Looking Textures
Make your images look artistic by using the photoshop textures.
Crystal Ball Effect
Wish to give a through-the-crystal-ball effect! Try this. The effect looks great!
Add great looking lighting effects to photographs!
Pop Art Effect
Create a cool pop art effect like the popular Marilyn Monroe artwork!
Create colorful smarties.
Create smoke in Photoshop.
Wood Texture Effect
Create wood texture design using filters with photoshop.
Simple Photoshop Tips
Learn new easy, useful and interesting tips using Photoshop.
Shape your Text
Give a creative look to your text by shaping your text using the warp tool.
Follow this simple tutorial to create a glowing twirl.
Learn how to change a photograph to an embossed image.
27 Dreamweaver MX 2004 Tutorials
Here are a total of 27 cool Dreamweaver MX 2004 tutorials, tips, and behaviors from entheosweb.com, that teach you how to use Dreamweaver to create compelling website components. These Dreamweaver tutorials cover tables, forms, CSS Styles, behaviors, layers, sound, images, templates, and more. They are easy to understand as the tasks are described in simple language along with step-by-step instructions. (I provided links to the main pages on this site in Aug. 2005, this post links to all of the Flash tutorials directly, including the new ones.)
- Dreamweaver Behaviors
- Create Style sheets in Dreamweaver
- CSS Text Rollovers
- How to customize form objects and validate forms
- Table Tips and Tricks
- Dreamweaver templates
- Server Side Includes
Tips on tables, forms, CSS Styles, behaviors more.
Use the Dreamweaver behaviors panel to add interactivity to your site.
Use jump menus to create a drop-down menu with links.
What are layers? Learn how to create them.
Dreamweaver Web Photo Album
Learn how to create a picture gallery in Dreamweaver.
Using Templates in Dreamweaver
Learn how to create a template in Dreamweaver.
Making your site Live!
Learn how to upload your files to a remote server and make your site live.
Flash Text Rollover
How to insert flash text rollover in Dreamweaver?
CSS Text Rollovers
Learn how to create CSS text rollovers.
Anchors and Mailto
What are anchors? How to create mailto links? Click here.
Define a Site in Dreamweaver
How to create a site in Dreamweaver
Learn how to create small pop-up windows for ads or news!
Play sound, music on Rollover, on Click or on Page Load.
Show Hide Layers
Learn how to hide and view layers.
Dreamweaver Image Maps
Learn how to link to different pages from the same image.
Server Side Includes
Learn about server side includes and how do you use them.
Dreamweaver Form Tips
Tips on customizing input boxes, list menus, submit buttons.
CSS Styles Tutorial
Learn about CSS Styles and cool tips on tricks!
Links without the Underline
Learn how to create links without an underline using CSS styles.
Great Tutorials for Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Dreamweaver MX
The University of Wisconsin hosts the following comprehensive tutorials for Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Dreamweaver MX. These Dreamweaver tutorials cover virtually all of the features and functionality of these versions of Dreamweaver.Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 Tutorials
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX Tutorials
29 Fireworks Tutorials
Here are a total of 29 cool Free Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 Tutorials, from entheosweb.com. Here you will learn some cool Fireworks effects to create attractive web images and designs. By learning these useful Fireworks tips & tricks you'll have a more compelling website and create more appealling graphics. These are easy to understand as the tasks are described in simple language along with step-by-step instructions. Also included are their Free Dreamweaver Templates and Fireworks Layouts. (In a blog post in Aug. 2005, I provided links to the main pages on this site, this post links to all of the Photoshop tutorials directly, including the new ones.)
Cool tips and tricks on Macromedia Fireworks.
Learn just how easy it is to create swap images in Fireworks.
Learn How To Create Simple Animated Gifs.
Motion Trail Effect
This tutorial helps you to create a Motion Trail effect to an image.
Follow these easy steps to give a chocolate look to a text.
Cool Photo Frames
Try out these classy edge effects on your photos. It gives a cool look!
Follow these simple steps to give a pattern to a text.
Wish to change a graphic into a child's crayon work? Click here.
3D Zoom Effect
This tutorial will teach you how to give a 3D Zoom effect.
Learn to give a photo-negative effect to an image.
Follow these steps to give a night-vision effect to your image
Fade an Image
Give different fading effects to an image.
Learn how to create pictures in the shape of objects you create.
Creating website screenshots & thumbnails in Fireworks.
Patterns in Fireworks
Learn how to apply patterns and add custom patterns in fireworks.
Fireworks Web Design
Learn how to design a website in Fireworks.
Creating Vertical and Horizontal Drop Down Menus in Fireworks MX 2004.
Learn how to create rollover buttons in Dreamweaver and Fireworks
Change Image Color
Learn how to change the color of a particular area of an image.
Learn how to create beautiful borders/frames for pages or images.
Horizontal Line Effect
This tutorial guides you to create a horizontal line effect to an image.
You can create a transparent text and place it on any image. Try this.
Twist & Fade Effect
Liven up your graphics with this wonderful effect!
Learn to give a texture to your text.
Color to Grayscale
Convert your color images to grayscale.
Wish to convert your image to an old photograph? Click here.
Image to Pencil Drawing
Learn how to convert an image to a pencil drawing!
Image Editing using Feathering in Fireworks
Free Web page Backgrounds!
Check out these attractive, free backgrounds for your webpages!
Free Books for Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, and Premier
Here are 4 freely available ebooks, two covering Adobe Acrobat, and one each for Illustrator and Premier. These Acrobat, Illustrator and Premier ebooks will give you many details and instructions on how to use the features and functions of these Adobe applications.
Adobe Acrobat 6 Bible (pdf) 54mb
Adobe Acrobat 6 0 Getting Professional Results from Your PDFs chm, 14327 kb
Adobe Illustrator CS for Dummies (chm) 16mb
Teach Yourself Adobe Premiere 6 5 in 24 hours (chm) 2mb
4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites
Free Course on AJAX Programming
Check out my post on intelligentedu.com's free training blog for this excellent free, instructor-led online course for AJAX programming. This AJAX course is offered as a free online course on regular basis 2 or 3 times a year and you can register for it any time, and also take it as many times as you want in the future. Of course, if you'd like you can study the AJAX lessons, slides, and materials on your own at any time, without registering.
Free Web Development and Infrastructure Ebooks
Here are 22 free ebooks and online books covering web development and web infrastructure building. These are somewhat dated, but many are still valuable resources to learn from.
- Complete Idiot's Guide to HTML.zip
- DHTML Black book.zip
- HTML The Definitive Guide 2nd Edition.zip
- HTML by example.zip
- JacaScript Bible 4th edition.zip
- Perl Quick Reference
- Perl Web Programming
- CGI Programming On The World Wide Web.zip
- CGI programming unleashed.zip
- Using CGI Special Edition.zip
- Using Linux As A Router.pdf
- Apache Server HowTo
- Apache Server Surviver
Teach Yourself Books:
Free HTML Video Training
Here are excellent new Video Training Modules that teach you some of the basics of coding in HTML, from learningelectric.com. These are totally Free and will teach you all of the many of the commonly used HTML tags. These free Access training videos are in Apple's QuickTime format, so you'll need to download QuickTime for free if you don't already have it installed.
5) The Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware and General Computer Training Sites
Windows XP Quick Start Guide - Advanced Topics
- Adding a User to Administrators Group
- Changing Administrator Password
- Changing Drive Letters
- Changing Computer Name
Windows Tips and Tricks:
- Windows NT (Windows 2000, XP Professional)
- Using the Windows Task Manager
- Fast Menus
- Launch Faster
- Messing with Partitions
- Performance Monitor
- Sharing Resources Secretly
- NT Protocol Analyser
- Alerter and Messenger
- Adding a Command Prompt to any Folder
- Saving Recent Desktop Settings
- Permanently delete files
- System Configuration
- A Clean Registry
- Preview Images
- Optimizing the Windows 98 Registry
- Preview Media Files
- Optimizing the Swap File
- Dummy entries in Add/Remove Programs list
- Restart only Windows
- Improve Removable Disk Drive Performance
- MS Office memory hoggers
- Stop Automatic Dialing
- Automatic maintenance
- Clean Desktop
- Associations in a jiffy
6) Software, Office and Computer Sites and Downloads Worth Mentioning
5 Free Adware / Spyware / Rootkit Removers
Ad-Aware Personal provides advanced protection from known data-mining, aggressive advertising, Trojans, dialers, malware, browser hijackers, and tracking components.
Spybot Search and Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware and also allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports. Has both an easy mode and an advanced mode.
Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner detects a multitude of spyware, adware, trojan, keylogger, foistware and trackware components.
SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software. Unlike others, it does not have to remain running in the background.
SpywareGuard is an anti-spyware program that scans files before you open them and prevents execution. Provides both download protection and browser hjacking protection.
Free Multimedia Players
BS.Player is used by more than 60 million computer users throughout the world, their free version displays ads.
Media Player Classic
Media Player Classic is the perfect substitute for Windows Media Player. Estetically is identical to version 6.4 and has the same lightness in terms of ram occupation, but it has much more useful functions. Licensed under the GPL, no ads.
An advanced audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
XMPlay is an audio player, supporting the OGG / MP3 / MP2 / MP1 / WMA / WAV / CDA / MO3 / IT / XM / S3M / MTM / MOD / UMX audio formats, and PLS / M3U / ASX / WAX playlists.
Organize and play everything on your Mac or PC. Then sync it to your iPod and bring it along.
Winamp is a multimedia player that is skinnable, multi-format freeware and shareware. It also plays streamed video content, both live and recorded.
Free CD/DVD Burning Apps
Burn any data on CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW. Burning video-DVDs is limited. Burn on the fly, rip Audio-CDs to harddrive, create ISO-files.
Burn data (CD and DVD) and audio from different files types (WAV, FLAC, WavPack, WMA, M3U, MP3, MP2, MP1 OGG and CDA.
Burrrn is a tool for creating audio CDs with CD-Text from various audio files, supported formats are: wav, mp3, mpc, ogg, aac, mp4, ape, flac, ofr, wv, tta, m3u, pls and fpl playlists and cue sheets.
Records audio or data CD-Rs in disk-at-once (DAO) mode based on a textual description of the CD contents. Full control over length and contents of pre-gaps (pause areas between tracks) and sub-channel data.
Burn any data CDs/DVDs, audio CDs, build ISO images, and supports bootable CD/DVD. Free version does not burn video DVDs.
ImgBurn can write most types of CD and DVD images, it supports all the latest writers, and You can even use ImgBurn to erase and format your rewritable media.
7) Question of the Month about Software Training:
Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and software training.
September 2006 Question of the Month:
What is Microsoft's new Live.com website and how can it help me?
Microsoft announced on September 12, 2006 that its new Live.com website was no longer in beta status. This new site will be the company's new search site, along with giving users the ability to customize it to their liking, and to store their own images and data. The following are three descriptive news articles about Live.com that will give you a good understanding of what it offers.
- Answer:Microsoft to launch "Windows Live" search engine
Microsoft said it aims to improve the search experience by allowing for refined queries and presenting results on a new user-friendly interface.
A main component of the Internet revamp is Windows Live Search with a new look and features such as easier browsing of searched images, suggestions of related links and a scratch pad to allow users to store pictures and information.
Microsoft also said it will launch ... a Web page that users can customize with news from various sources, weather and links to e-mail.
The Redmond, Washington-based company also said it will offer Windows Live Local Search, a mapping service, in the United States and Britain.
A Look Inside Windows Live Search
In previous months, it was personalization that had been touted by Microsoft developers as the feature that will cast Live Search in an entirely new category, separate from Google's homepage. Last June, developers at the company's TechEd 2006 conference in Boston demonstrated rapidly generated Web services, called mashups, which admins could conceivably assemble with minimum effort, based on information services published through an XML-based model developed by Microsoft.
But for right now, the personalization feature is a little quieter, and harder to find than in earlier betas. On the surface, it enables users to choose which of four sub-pages -- "Basics," "News," "Sports," or "Entertainment" -- to attach to her Live.com startup page. Once one of these sub-pages is created, its name appears in the tab bar, which re-emerges after having been wiped clean from the startup page's current incarnation.
By clicking on "New Page," the user creates a blank tab. From there, "Add Stuff" brings up a directory of RSS news feeds and Live.com-associated news services. Some of these items that qualify under the class of "stuff" are "gadgets," and it's here -- at long last -- where users may at some future date find the mashups which were once considered the thing that made Live.com "live."
Live.com goes live
The company (Microsoft) revealed that Live Search would be replacing the older MSN Search portal on MSN.com and all of Microsoft's web-based search products, including the MSN Search option on the toolbar in Internet Explorer 7.
(Live.com) has quickly grown to become a major focus of development at the Redmond-based company. Astute Microsoft observers will have noticed that many products that were formerly marketed under the MSN brand name have been slowly absorbed into the Live collective, such as Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Spaces.
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