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.

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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 in News
October 22nd, 2006 at 3:09 am

Live Mail M8 available to all

wlmail%20new%20icon News Ben Poon just posted over on the Windows Live Mail blog that the latest build (M8) is now available to all. It was originally released 2 weeks ago as part of a gradual roll out to the service's 9million users, presumably in an effort to avoid some of …

By Chris in News
October 21st, 2006 at 7:29 am

Windows Live Expo gets charitable

We just got word that the Windows Live Expo team is working on a new charity project along with MercyCorps and the rock band, Presidents of the USA to raise money for global communities trying to recover from war.  The band is showing their world premiere video as …

By Harrison Hoffman in News
October 19th, 2006 at 9:38 pm

Orange, Messenger Sign in, and Ms. Dewey

News from around the Windows Live web:

orangemsgr_thumb News Orange, the France-Telecom brand for its mobile and broadband commercial offerings, announced that they have joined forces with Microsoft and Windows Live to offer an instant messaging service that can be accessed from both PC and mobile devices, to be called …

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 19th, 2006 at 2:28 pm

Amazon launches QnA rival

askville News If you were in any doubt as to which way most of the big internet portals think search is going, Amazon has made it crystal clear; Askville, Amazon's new social search service, has launched into beta in competition with the likes of Yahoo Answers and Windows Live QnA. Since …

By Chris in News
October 19th, 2006 at 5:29 am

Writing Plugins For Windows Live Writer – Working With Forms

Most plugins for Live Writer will have a form appear when you click on the Insert link within Live Writer, this form will perform the functionality of the plugin and return the code or text that will be put in the blog entry. Within this form, you can …

By ScottIsAFool in Developer
October 19th, 2006 at 1:27 am

Microsoft Signs New Book Search Deals

BetaNews is today reporting that Cornell University and Kirtas Technologies, a maker of scanners and digitization software have said that Tuesday they signed deals with Microsoft to support its Windows Live Book Search Project. Microsofts answer to Google Book Search, announced in late 2004.

“We believe that searching and finding

By Darren Straight in News
October 18th, 2006 at 3:44 am

Create Your Own Search Engine

A few years ago, if you wanted your own search engine, you would have had to work very hard in a garage creating algorithms and all sorts of crazy stuff. Now, thanks to Live Search you can create your own search engine with ease, without having to know …

By ScottIsAFool in Developer
October 18th, 2006 at 1:10 am

Soapbox: Video interview and invites

soapbox%20camera%20icon News On10 has a video interview with Rob Bennett from the MSN Soapbox Team, as well as 10,000 invites to the closed beta run from So if you haven't signed up yet, this is probably the easiest way to see what the site is about.

(Note, the …

By Chris in News
October 16th, 2006 at 3:36 am

Scoble on Windows Live Search: Better than before

Robert Scoble says that Windows Live Search is a lot better than it used to be.  He’s generating some good discussion in the comments, too.  The points being made about Live Search; that it’s getting better, that getting Google users to switch means more than just getting …

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 13th, 2006 at 3:58 pm