Has “Live” gone out of fashion? 4 comments

First it was Warhol becoming MSN Soapbox. Next up is Search Center, the latest program which surprisingly will be losing the "Live" prefix that is being given to nearly everything else coming out of Redmond this year. For now it is looking to be called Windows Search Preview, a name that is supported by a recent Newgroup

By Chris
September 21st, 2006 at 8:10 am

Windows Live News on a Tuesday night 2 comments

While we're waiting to get a peek at Soapbox (well more than the dancing butterfly, anyway), here's some Windows Live news:

  • Danny Thorpe writes that the Windows Live Contacts Gadget is due for an update soon, one that's going to break existing apps that use the contacts control. 
By Kip Kniskern
September 20th, 2006 at 2:54 pm

Interview with the Windows Live Mail desktop team 6 comments

I got a chance to talk with the Windows Live Mail desktop team earlier this week and ask them a few questions about this week's refresh.  So, I won't hold this up any longer, let's jump right into it! 
LiveSide: Black
Windows Live Mail desktop Team: Red…
By Harrison Hoffman
September 20th, 2006 at 11:03 am

Faceted Search – Text mining for Windows Live Search? 1 comment

Paula Hane at Information Today writes about a new search technology that may soon be included in Windows Live Search – faceted search.  One of many search projects coming out of Microsoft Research Asia’s Search Technology Center, faceted search tries to identify keywords, and then classify the search …

By Kip Kniskern
September 20th, 2006 at 12:44 am

MSN Soapbox Video Upload beta to begin on Tuesday 2 comments

MSN Soapbox, which we wrote about on Sept. 7, the user uploaded feature now in internal beta as "Warhol" is set to be released into beta tomorrow (Tuesday), according to MS employee and Warhol tester Kurt Shintaku.


Testing has not been announced, but by signing …

By Kip Kniskern
September 19th, 2006 at 11:39 am

Windows Live Mail Desktop refresh available! 15 comments

Yes, the week has only just begun and already we have a new beta build to play with. The latest beta refresh of Mail Desktop (Build 1034) includes:

  • Virus scanning of attachments
  • Photo Emails can be sent via POP accounts
  • RSS syncing – the ability to sync all your RSS feeds
By Chris
September 18th, 2006 at 3:51 am

Office Live: Will it include Works? 0 comments

Office Live, the web hosting, custom domain, and website creator, may soon be incorporating another feature: an online version of Microsoft Works, according to Business Week:

The company is working on plans to offer a free version hosted on its Office Live Web site, as well as

By Kip Kniskern
September 17th, 2006 at 1:13 pm

Virtual Earth updates SDK: Version 3.1 includes new map contols 1 comment

A new version of the Virtual Earth SDK is out, that's the very nicely done interactive SDK at dev.live.com.  New features include:

Add Custom Tiles:     Generate map tiles using the MapCruncher from Microsoft Research to add custom overlays, in varying transparencies, to your maps:

"The Virtual Earth API

By Kip Kniskern
September 17th, 2006 at 3:44 am

Site feedback 1 comment

One of our additions to the new site is "The List" – our way of trying to collect together in one place all the information we publish about the Windows Live services. Currently, if you click through any of the product names (eg Windows Live Spaces) you'll see a summary …

By Chris
September 16th, 2006 at 6:53 pm

A Windows Live Coffeemaker, really? 2 comments

And you thought Microsoft was going out on a limb creating webcams?  Ha!

Actually, Melitta, which produces a number of coffee products, is going to introduce the first coffeemaker that tells us the most important thing in the morning: the weather.  Not only does it keep the …

By Matthew
September 15th, 2006 at 3:15 pm