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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
October 25th, 2006 at 1:02 pm