Round Table Discussion with Live Search

thumb Interviews Last week LiveSide sat down with some people from Live Search to talk about a wide range of topics, including the switch from MSN Search to Live Search, the Windows Live name and brand, migrating MSN Search users and acquiring new ones, Live Local, QnA, Google and Page …

By Kip Kniskern in Interviews
October 12th, 2006 at 12:21 am

Writing Plugins For Windows Live Writer – Adding An Icon

Sillyhat_thumb1 Developer Ok, so now that we have the basis for our Live Writer plugin, we need to start adding things to it to make it look and feel better. The best way is to add an image to the plugin that will appear in the Insert section of Writer. …
By ScottIsAFool in Developer
October 11th, 2006 at 12:03 pm

Windows Live Mail desktop Refresh: Better late than never

The MoreThanMail team blog jumped the gun a little bit last night and announced the availability of their newest public build of Windows Live Mail desktop just a little bit before it was ready to go live.  Thankfully, the technical issues have been resolved and build 1083 is …

By Harrison Hoffman in News
October 10th, 2006 at 6:16 am

Gadget Development Tip: Lint your JavaScript

If you've written web or Sidebar gadgets, then you know that you write a lot of JavaScript. JavaScript programming can be tricky as it in an interpretive language (i.e. not pre-compiled like other languages such as C). One thing you can and should do to help eliminate JavaScript …

By Donavon in Developer
October 9th, 2006 at 12:14 pm

Windows Live Contacts gadget v0.2

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As reported by Danny Thorpe, Microsoft has released it's next version of the Windows Live Contacts Control beta version 0.2. It has significant improvements over it's predecessor, most notably speed. The new version loads contacts using a completely new method making it load light years faster than …

By Donavon in Developer
October 9th, 2006 at 6:01 am

Windows Live OneCare 1.5 enters beta

Today the OneCare 1.5 beta program has started, with Microsoft's pc protection suite due for updates previously submitted during tester feedback. Key changes include:

  • Vista support (build 5500 or greater)
  • International versions (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK,
By Chris in News
October 9th, 2006 at 4:25 am

Local and Safety Scanner come out of beta

Just in from , although no official announcement as yet, but Live Local and Safety Scanner have dropped the beta tag and graduated to full blown Windows Live Services.  This brings the list of released products to 10, according to

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By Kip Kniskern in News
October 8th, 2006 at 2:05 am

Live Mail gets update to M8

Today's Live Mail update features numerous UI and userability enhancements, but currently is only available to users on selected server bays. The update also includes:

  • “Send Email As” feature that allows users to send mail from other email addresses.
  • More contact viewing options
  • A contacts importer

Some of you …

By Chris in News
October 5th, 2006 at 5:51 am

Writing Plugins For Windows Live Writer – Getting Started

Sillyhat_thumb1 Developer Hi, I’m Scøtt, or ScottIsAFool as a lot of you know me as smile_regular Developer . Over the next series of blog entries, I will guide you through the process of making a plugin for Windows Live Writer.
In this article, I am going to show how to create a …
By ScottIsAFool in Developer
October 3rd, 2006 at 10:29 pm

Live Spaces: The challenges facing gadget developers

My name is Donavon West, a and Sidebar gadget developer at and a Microsoft MVP for Windows Live Development. This is my first blog article here at LiveSide. Many of you have written gadgets for (what Microsoft is now referring to as "web gadgets").  The introduction …

By Donavon in Developer
October 3rd, 2006 at 11:00 am