Happy Holidays from LiveSide.net: Our Holiday Letter

2043.happyholidays_thumb_754208f1 News Hard to believe that we’re wrapping up our 4th year of LiveSide.net (January 3rd, 2010 will mark the beginning of year 5), but just wanted to wish everyone the happiest of holidays, let you know we’re still here and plan to be for a long time to come, and reflect back on the year and look forward to the new one.

First, we apologize for a being a bit quiet lately, let’s just say it’s a phase we’re going through.  To be honest, real life has demanded a bit too much time for our liking lately, and we’ve been facing up to a few challenges in cyberspace as well.  As you may have noticed, our ranks have dwindled a bit this year, and we’ve been dealing with how to best move forward, but everything is working out for the best.  In addition, our (continuing) bout with spammers, and some issues about whether or not to stay on our blogging platform, has caused us to take a look at how much work it’s going to take to continue.  We’ve got that pretty much straightened out, too, or will have soon.

We also thought we were over the lull in Windows Live news when Wave 3 came out earlier in the year, but since then it’s been Bing, Bing, Bing (Windows Live Movie Maker), and more Bing.  So much so that someone picked up www.BingSide.net  and redirected it here! (We love Bing, though, really!)

But the new year is going to be an exciting one for Windows Live.  We’ve been waiting for Wave 4, but finally it’s right around the corner, and from what we’re seeing, it’s going to be best Wave yet! 

So where are we headed in our soon to be fifth year?  It seems like we’ve been trying to define “what is Windows Live” for 4 years running, but that’s part of the fun.  We’ll be concentrating on Windows Live and Bing, of course, but we’re also excited about Windows Phone and Zune, as the lines start to blur between them all.  We like to think of it as “all the fun stuff”.  We’ll be looking at all of Microsoft’s online services, too, of course: from Azure and Silverlight to MSN and beyond.  We’re also working hard to make LiveSide a better place, we’ll have more about that in the next few weeks.

Until then, enjoy the holidays, don’t be concerned if we’re off enjoying them them too.  Our posts may be a little sparse in the next week or so, but as soon as Microsoft gets back from vacation, we’ll be right here ready to ring in the new year, can’t wait!