MSN Music to shut down music downloads 0 comments

In more MSN news, which-since-we-can’t-figure-out-if its-Windows Live-or-not-so-we’ll-just-go-ahead-and-report-on-it, MSN Music will stop selling downloads on the site on November 14, and will redirect sales to either the Zune Marketplace web site or to RealNetworks’ Rhapsody site, according to CNET.

“After November 14, the ‘Buy’ buttons that you’re

By Kip Kniskern
November 3rd, 2006 at 1:28 pm

November 7th – “Get ready for a New Dimension in Search” 9 comments

The homepage is today displaying a teaser message, confirming an earlier post that VirtualEarth/Windows Live Local will be experiencing a major update on November 7th. The message reads (emphasis is mine):

"Get ready for a new dimension in search…November 7th"

Start guessing!


By Chris
November 2nd, 2006 at 10:36 pm

Microsoft’s Gadget Gallery features non-Microsoft gadgets 2 comments

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Microsoft’s Gadget Gallery today made their “featured gadgets” section open to third party gadgets. Up to now, this space had been populated by Microsoft authored gadgets.

Bruce Kasrel, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft said “We are really energized  by contributions from the community and wanted to feature a …

By Donavon
November 2nd, 2006 at 4:47 am

Add Windows Live Search to your website 2 comments

Check out the siteowner page for details on how to add either a “Basic” search box that adds a Windows Live Search box to your page with html, and sends search results to the Windows Live Search page,  or an “Advanced” box that creates floating <div> tags to …

By Kip Kniskern
November 1st, 2006 at 1:05 pm

Virtual Earth update next week 3 comments

From the Virtual Earth (Mappoint) blog:

Please be advised that we will release a new version of the Virtual Earth Map Control on Tuesday, November 7th 2006.…Due to an upcoming marketing campaign surrounding this release we cannot elaborate on the exciting new features that will be in

By Chris
October 31st, 2006 at 4:44 pm

Live Search to write new chapters, according to full page ads 1 comment


Things are definitely heating up in Windows Live land, with new releases coming at a regular clip (and more to come, soon), and the marketing effort for the just released services coming on strong, too.  Full page ads are appearing in the US for Live Search, with …

By Kip Kniskern
October 31st, 2006 at 10:44 am

Msgr 8.1 Public Beta available for download 0 comments

Just like we said it would when we  posted last week, Windows Live Messenger 8.1 has gone into public beta, and available for download at  According to the ideas page, the new version offers:

• Redesigned, smarter contact cards give you more data about and easier

By Kip Kniskern
October 31st, 2006 at 8:31 am

Office Live to launch in November, Office Online relaunch coming soon too 0 comments

Microsoft today announced, to a relatively large amount of fanfare, the release of Office Live on November 15th. The press release has all the facts, with Mary-Jo Foley providing some good analysis. The highlights are:

  • A change in the offerings, with a Premium level now being offered alongside Basic
By Chris
October 31st, 2006 at 4:55 am

Windows Live and MSN Reorg 0 comments

News is filtering out that Steve Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering, is orchestrating another reorg at MSN and Windows Live. Focusing on consistency and improving products across the board (over incubation projects), the reorg aims to cut out middle management, and will divide Windows/Windows …

By Kip Kniskern
October 30th, 2006 at 11:15 pm

Soapbox going mobile 2 comments

Over at the Soapbox blog they've posted a few photos of the new mobile Soapbox. With YouTube already having a mobile feature, this is yet more catchup from the Microsoft guys. Do many people actually upload videos from their mobile phones that aren't of people happy slapping? Let us

By Chris
October 30th, 2006 at 1:32 am