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Windows Live Services Beta + Microsoft Update = Easy Updates

If you tried beta versions of these Windows Live services: Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Toolbar, and Family Safety from Windows Live OneCare, and you use Microsoft Update, the all-Microsoft-applications sibling of Windows Update, you will receive updates to the final versions of these tools through Microsoft Update. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 944990 .

Outlook Connector Gets a Update

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, which enables Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007 to access and manage Windows Live Hotmail or Office Live Mail accounts, has been updated to version 4 . With free accounts, it supports use of email messages and contacts. If you have a paid subscription to MSN Hotmail, Windows Live Hotmail or Office Live, you can also access and manage calendars, tasks, and notes in Outlook by using Outlook Connector.

Windows XP x64 Users Finally Get an IE ActiveX Security Update

The x64 version of Windows XP Professional often gets overlooked when it comes time to roll out security or other fixes. But sometimes, good things come to those who wait - and wait - and wait. Finally, Microsoft has rolled out a security fix for Windows XP Professional x64's ActiveX control handling , after patching the 32-bit version of Windows XP back in February of 2006! For details, see Knowledge Base article 912495 .

Putting JScript Pages on a Fast Track

Although Windows XP beats Windows Vista in most performance measurements, one place where Vista outshines XP is in how quickly it browses Web pages containing JScript. Vista has a newer script language than XP (Windows Script 5.7 versus Windows Script 5.6) that includes better handling of JScript variables. Now, you can improve how JScript processes Web pages in Windows XP (and Windows Server 2003) by loading the update available from Microsoft Knowledge Base article 942840 .

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