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Windows Live Groups for Windows Live Messenger 9.0 (2009)

Windows Live messenger 9.0 (2009) brings to the table a feature dubbed Windows Live Groups, which comes with a set of simple tools to help you communicate and share with the ‘real world’ groups that so many of us belong to: sports teams, school committees, neighborhood associations, scout troops, etc,” a member of Windows Live team revealed.

So let’s take a look at what we can do with Windows Live Groups:

Creating a group: From Windows Live Messenger, just click the Add menu (the little Messenger icon with the + sign at the top of your contact list), and then click Create a group.

…or from the Windows Live website, click More at the top of any page, and then click Groups.  Then, pick a name and a web address (we also use this for the e-mail distribution list address), choose a theme if you’d like, and you’re ready to go.

Group conversations in Messenger: A unique feature of Windows Live Groups is that the groups you create will automatically show up in Messenger. For smaller groups (up to 20 people), you can even have group conversations with whomever happens to be online,” the Windows Live team representative added. “Of course, as the owner of a group, you can turn off the Messenger conversation feature, if that’s what your members prefer, or if the group grows to more than 20 people – just click Options on your group’s website, and then click Edit Settings.

Sharing photos, files, and discussions: Just like with your personal profile on Windows Live, you can just choose Photos or SkyDrive from the navigation links on the left of your group, and post pictures, team rosters, to-do lists, and even shared web links. When you post things, the info shows up in the “What’s new” list on the group’s main webpage, and will show up on the Windows Live Home page for all of the members of the group.

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