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

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.

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

MSN/Windows Live Search drops 8% in the year

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

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

wlmobile%20icon News Just 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

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

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

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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

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

Sprint teams up with Windows Live for Mobile Search

sprintheartwlcopy_thumb13 News Tonight marks an important milestone for Windows Live Search.  Microsoft just announced that they have inked their first mobile search deal, with wireless carrier Sprint.  From here forward, Sprint will be offering Windows Live Search capabilities on their mobile devices. 

The Live Search for Sprint phones …

By Harrison Hoffman in News
November 16th, 2006 at 2:01 pm

@Live addresses are safe (whew)

In case you missed it in the comments, Kevin Briody from Windows Live took the time to assure our readers that @live accounts, no matter how they were obtained, will not be deleted after all:

Hi all-

We just wanted to update LiveSide’s readers – We will

By Nick in News
November 16th, 2006 at 11:26 am