Windows Vista Countdown gadget 4 comments

Windows Vista Countdown GadgetThis is a re-print of a post that I did on my blog. I thought I’d post it here in case you missed it. Look for my companion article in the next few days about how to write one gadget that runs on Sidebar and – Donavon…

By Donavon in Developer
November 22nd, 2006 at 9:52 am

Windows Live – The *Real* Future? 3 comments

One of the common things that seems to be happening with the major Windows Live services and products is for a development SDK to be released for the product to allow 3rd party developers to build upon the application and add extra functionality to the service. We’ve seen it …

By ScottIsAFool in Developer
November 22nd, 2006 at 7:07 am

Windows Live advertising starts in the UK – Search marketing sucks? 4 comments

Today saw the first major Windows Live advertising here in the UK, with a 4 page front-cover for the “Metro”, a free London paper aimed at commuters. Much like the previous ads in American newspapers, they focused on Windows Live Search, including both Image Search and VirtualEarth.

Pictures (Click to …

By Chris in News
November 22nd, 2006 at 4:26 am

MSN/Windows Live Search drops 8% in the year 3 comments

Today sees the publication of a new Nielson NetRatings report (PDF) on the US search share rankings. There are few surprises concerning when it comes to the top 2 performers – Google 49.6%, 23% growth and Yahoo 23.9%, 30% growth. What is surprising is the bad performance of …

By Chris in News
November 21st, 2006 at 5:58 am

MSN Money gets update; to launch soon 0 comments

In an email sent out earlier this week, MSN Money users learnt they will now have two financial information sites to choose from. The first, MSN Money, underwent an update earlier this week, providing new features that include:

  • Improved stockcharts
  • New quote pages
  • Quote watchlist
  • My News
By Chris in News
November 21st, 2006 at 5:32 am

Windows Live Mobile launches SMS Search Beta 2 comments

WLMobile icon.gifJust a few days after announcing a major partnership between Windows Live Mobile and Sprint, the Windows Live Mobile team have launched a new SMS search service that provides Cingular, Verizon, Sprint Nextel and Alltel subscribers SMS access to Windows Live Search results. (US only curently)

  1. Send a SMS
By Chris in News
November 20th, 2006 at 1:32 pm

MSN Premium releases 9.5 version, not dead yet 3 comments

Much to our surprise, MSN released version 9.5 of MSN Explorer/MSN Internet Access to subscribers as an update on Friday.  The release appears to fix a number of issues surrounding upgrades to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Live Messenger.  The release also introduces Digital Image Suite

By Matthew in News
November 19th, 2006 at 5:40 am

MSN Music retires, Zune launches 4 comments

Another MSN service becomes content with the closure of MSN Music. With Microsoft launching Zune Tuesday, MSN Music will not become Windows Live Music, but become a delivery method of content. MSN Music will no longer be selling music, but point customers to Zune, Real Rhapsody, …

By Matthew in News
November 17th, 2006 at 4:17 pm

Windows Live Mail desktop Updated 7 comments

Build 1172 of Windows Live Mail desktop just went live on  This is the first publically available update for WLMd in about a month and a half, so needless to say there have been a lot of improvements since the last build.  Alright, let’s just jump …

By Harrison Hoffman in News
November 17th, 2006 at 12:42 pm

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support SiteMaps 3 comments

Ken Moss, General Manager of Live Search, announced today that Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! will all support the SiteMaps protocol, a simple, xml based way for web site owners to share information with search engines without having to rely on crawl algorithms. Ken describes the work Microsoft is …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 16th, 2006 at 4:02 pm