Live. hole patched, according to Bink 2 comments has the news that the land grab for Live addresses is apparently over for a time:

“Microsoft have patched a loophole in the Windows Live Signup program that allowed users to register any iteration of live.<countrytld>, e.g., etc. Now only is allowed as this

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 13th, 2006 at 1:17 am

Ode to Long Zheng 16 comments

A while ago, we were berated by some kid from Australia smile_tongue about our site design, and though it stung we knew it to be true.  This weekend, our resident Community Server guru Nick Brown got to work – upgrading Community Server to version 2.1 and making the site changes …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 12th, 2006 at 2:41 am Update: Perf, Gadgets Improvements 1 comment

Sanaz and the team posted last night on “a small update” to, featuring continued performance improvements (and yes it’s sooo much better than the old days). promises even more perf improvements coming soon, according to the blog entry.  

Other improvements include new features to the …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 11th, 2006 at 1:39 am

Windows Live Spaces gets evolutionary update 9 comments

Today sees a small but valuable Windows Live Spaces update that tweaks and fixes the existing version to improve both performance and usability. Key changes include:

  • Improved customisations menu, providing access to a built-in color changer (previously TweakUI powertoy), and the ability to customise the font and tagline of
By Chris in News
November 9th, 2006 at 11:08 am

Windows Live email addresses start to become available [Updated] 28 comments

Note (1st December 2006): Since this was originally posted, email addresses are no longer available. Currently only addresses are now available. Please read the following posts for more information.

13/11/2006 hack fixed 15/11/2006 Live Mail to delete new @live addresses?16/11/2006 @live addresses are safe

Of course when …

By Chris in News
November 9th, 2006 at 5:24 am

My vision of the future for Windows Vista Sidebar Gadgets 0 comments

From time to time I receive emails with questions about my gadgets and gadget development. For example, "How do I create a fly-out in a Sidebar gadget?" or, my favorite, "How do I remove your iTunes gadget from my Live Space?" I recently received an email from someone who, …

By Donavon in Developer
November 9th, 2006 at 12:52 am

QnA adds and improves; Local turns Japanese; a note on VE 3d 0 comments

Word is out from Betsy about some new features over at Windows Live QnA, including a new browse page for tags, a new question page interface, the initiation of a content rating system, an email a question to a friend feature, and some improvements to the interface with …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 8th, 2006 at 1:44 pm

Windows Live OneCare 1.5 to launch with Windows Vista 0 comments

Hot off the OneCare blog is news that Windows Live OneCare 1.5 will be available to the public on January 30th 2007, the same day as Windows Vista launches to the masses. New features currently include:

  • Windows Vista support
  • International versions (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland,
  • By Chris in News
    November 8th, 2006 at 5:20 am

    Microsoft to offer Windows Live Services to Hutch 0 comments

    Hutchison Essar and Microsoft Corp. have announced a broad scale mobile services alliance in India. The two companies have agreed in principle to work together to provide mobile search and other key Windows Live services to Hutch's subscriber base of over 21 million.

    Under the agreement, Hutch customers …

    By Darren Straight in News
    November 8th, 2006 at 3:27 am

    Working with the Virtual Earth Map Control 1 comment

    The Virtual Earth map control is the power behind Windows Live Local. Using the Virtual Earth 3.1 map control (VE) APIs, you too can create some amazing location based applications of your own. I've worked with VE on a few projects now and have a new tips …

    By Donavon in Developer
    November 7th, 2006 at 10:16 am