PressPass interview with Martin Taylor 0 comments

WindowsLive.gifReleased alongside Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft PressPass has posted an interview with Martin Taylor, Corporate VP of Windows Live and MSN. Here's a little snippit:

Taylor: We're committed to delivering a set of services that puts all users firmly in control of their individual experiences on the Web

By Harrison Hoffman
June 19th, 2006 at 2:24 am

Windows Live Messenger launches tomorrow 0 comments

WLMessenger new icon.gifWindows Live Messenger is virtually here, with an expected launch late on Monday 19th June / early Tuesday 20th June. Messenger final will be available from the new Windows Live products page, soon to be published at, or you can jump straight to the Messenger page …

By Chris
June 18th, 2006 at 2:11 am adds content templates 0 comments icon.gifAs part of a smaller update last night, the team has added a small number of templates (pre-built pages) to the site. This should improve the first run experience for new users, who might find the whole concept of setting up a customised page quite daunting at …

By Chris
June 17th, 2006 at 3:06 pm

No Yahoo interop when Messenger goes final 0 comments

WLMessenger new icon.gifIt seems as though Windows Live Messenger users and Yahoo users will not be able to talk to one another immediately when WL Messenger goes final next week. Unfortunately this feature will still be carrying the "coming soon" branding so familiar with online services and products, despite having …

By Chris
June 17th, 2006 at 11:36 am

New LiveID domains available…sort of 0 comments

WLSoon icon.gifA member over at figured out a way to get your and email earlier than the general public. Alright, I'm not going to keep you waiting any longer. Here are the instructions to grab an address early:

How to get a ID
1. Go

By Harrison Hoffman
June 16th, 2006 at 7:16 pm

Windows Live Favorites V1 Released 0 comments

favorites.gifIt's a busy day for Windows Live. The Windows Live Favorites team just announced, on their team blog, that WL Favorites V1 has been released.

Fresh out of Beta, WL Favorites is available in 37 countries and 11 languages. Built to compete with such bookmarking services as

By Harrison Hoffman
June 15th, 2006 at 6:04 am

New goes live 0 comments icon.gifJust a few minutes ago, the new (now featuring Flair/Vapor!) went live. As Chris mentioned last week, this upgrade mainly focuses on the new UI and first-run experience. Now it is much easier to get rolling with customized content right from the start.

You can now customize …

By Harrison Hoffman
June 15th, 2006 at 5:38 am

Gates to be transitioned out by July 2008 0 comments

microsoft.jpgWell, we do not usually write about executive news at Microsoft, but this story is so big that I couldn't help myself. Microsoft announced today that starting in July 2008, Bill Gates will be stepping out of a day to day role at the corporation. He will still …

By Harrison Hoffman
June 15th, 2006 at 1:03 am

The Windows Live Messenger release saga continues 0 comments

WLMessenger new icon.gifThe release date for Windows Live Messenger has been debated on the internet and across the blogs for the past few weeks. First, it was reported by WinFuture that Live Messenger would be released on Friday, June 16th. Later, they retracted their projected release date and proclaimed …

By Harrison Hoffman
June 14th, 2006 at 9:10 pm

Spaces ready to compete with MySpace 0 comments

Spaces icon.gifThe Spaces url change, switching blogs from to, has just been completed. The update was delayed several times in the past week. (Thanks View Master for the tip).

While I originally voiced the opinion that 3 url changes in 1 year was too much for users …

By Chris
June 13th, 2006 at 2:08 pm