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

Messenger 8.1 to enter public beta next week? 0 comments

According to attendees of Windows Live Sessions (FR), Windows Live Messenger 8.1 will be entering public beta on early next week, most likely Monday or Tuesday depending on your timezone.

For those who haven't been following the beta, the main changes currently included are:

  • Improved contact cards
  • Display
By Chris
October 28th, 2006 at 12:04 am

Windows Live Barcode launches 2 comments

No this isn't an April Fool's joke. Windows Live Barcode enables users to store their own data in QR codes, which are already present on Spaces for markets like Japan. From the homepage:

What is Windows Live Barcode Windows Live Barcode is a set of services that transfer information

By Chris
October 26th, 2006 at 2:53 am

Office Live nears release 1 comment

“Microsoft Office Live…is going LIVE!”, according to an email newsletter sent to beta testers, with the release expected as early as next week.  The website management offering (not, we repeat, an online version of Microsoft Office) provides domain name and email account personalization, web site traffic stats, online workspace, and a number of …

By Kip Kniskern
October 25th, 2006 at 1:02 pm

Windows Live Webcast Series Canada – Live for You! 0 comments

WLMail new icon.gifAny platform. Any browser. Any language. Windows Live makes it easy for developers to extend and customize applications through open service APIs, straightforward licensing, and permissive terms of use.

The new Live for You webcasts are your opportunity to get trained on Windows Live in advance of the …

By Darren Straight
October 22nd, 2006 at 7:25 am updated 3 comments

Zack points today to the newly revamped Windows Live entry point: – with an easier to navigate main page featuring the "orb", and categorizing the services.

Question is which is more impressive – that Windows Live services are being tied together in a coherent fashion, or that the MS …

By Kip Kniskern
October 22nd, 2006 at 3:09 am