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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
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 in News
September 15th, 2006 at 3:15 pm

Getting Your LiveSide Account Setup 2 comments

We have noticed that a lot of you have been having problems with logging into your accounts, so here is what you need to do to get started.

If you did not have an account on the old LiveSide

1. Click the Join link in the top right …

By Harrison Hoffman in News
September 14th, 2006 at 9:51 am

A look at the new line of Windows Live Hardware 4 comments

Yesterday, Chris posted, about about some new Windows Live Hardware that has been announced.  Well, the commenters complained about the lack of photos of the products in the post (I'm looking directly at you TheViewMaster and himmel!), so here are some nice photos of the upcoming products …

By Harrison Hoffman in News
September 14th, 2006 at 2:26 am

New version of Live Local for Outlook available 0 comments

The Road To Know Where points to a new version of Windows Live Local for Outlook, now available for download.
From the download site:
Now you can add maps and directions to your Outlook meeting requests, see meeting locations in bird’s eye view maps*, get

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 13th, 2006 at 1:55 pm