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

Tech-Ed attendees don’t get Windows Live 0 comments

Trevin Chow from the Live ID team highlights the issues that we believe could result in a very slow uptake of Windows Live services; unawareness and confusion:

After talking to about 25 customers, it was abundantly clear that customers have no idea at all what Windows Live

By Chris
June 13th, 2006 at 1:08 pm

New account names available June 20: and 0 comments

Looks like the land grab is about to get underway. According to the Mail Support blog, anyone will be able to get a new email account with an or an address beginning next Tuesday, June 20.

Coming Soon: and domains On June 20th,

By Kip Kniskern
June 13th, 2006 at 4:36 am

Microsoft debuts Windows Live LifeCams 0 comments

lifecam.gifToday, Microsoft announced the availability of its new High Definition webcams knows as LifeCams in August of this year. We told you aboutt the impending release of this new generation of webcams back in early May. The specifications have not changed much since then.

Here is the specification …

By Harrison Hoffman
June 13th, 2006 at 2:03 am

Client Server Service Synergy – the Ray Ozzie Keynote at Tech Ed 0 comments

Tonight Ray Ozzie presented a very enlightening keynote on why software as a service is important (a disruption, to use his term), that it will fundamentally change the way we use computers, and where Microsoft's implementation of services, Windows Live, is heading. To Ozzie, services are a new …

By Kip Kniskern
June 12th, 2006 at 10:51 am