January, 2006

office live beta logo.pngEarlier today, emails were sent to those who signed up on the Office Live Beta site:

Microsoft Office Live is just around the corner. Whether you asked to be part of our beta late last year, or just last week, we want to thank you for your patience.

xbox360 logo.pngEarlier today, Microsoft pushed an update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard through its Live service. The update takes, in total, about a minute. The version number of the Dashboard has been updated to 2.0.2255.0.

 Some speculated that this update would include the ability to download content from Xbox …

This is a short interview I did with Phil talking about Windows Live and where it is heading in the next year. Summary:

0.00 Introduction0.56 Windows Live announcement and progress through 20062.49 Windows Live Sessions aims4.50 Windows Live vs MSN6.12 Microsoft's new approach to Windows Live, especially in …

I sat down with Mike Torres, Lead Program Manager for MSN Spaces to talk about the recent Spaces 10.5 release. Here's some key points in the interview:

0:00 Introduction1:21 History of Spaces3:15 Why the delay?6:50 What's your favorite new feature?8:07 User Submitted Features9:18 Live Contacts12:00 Spaces Meets …

WL Messenger Logo.gifWe posted this great FAQ that Scott Lovegrove has put together earlier, but I had to post it again. Scott has revamped the site to look like a Messenger Contact List and Conversation Window. Very cool concept and great content, so go check it out! 

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WLMessenger icon.gifA few days back I posted about Live Contacts, the new service that was released in beta form alongside Spaces 10.5. One thing I didn't mention though was its integration with existing Windows Live services.

To recap, Live Contacts allows you to publish personal and business information to …

WLSession icon.jpgLast night saw the first Windows Live Session in the UK, hosted at MSN London. Phil Holden gave some good demos of Windows Live beta products as well as outlining the history and intentions behind them. Several MSN UK staff were present too, some of whom had actually …

WLSoon icon.gifIn a press announcement yesterday, Microsoft revealed the formation of Live Labs, a partnership between Microsoft Research and MSN "that focuses on applied research for Internet products and services at Microsoft."

What is of great interest to users and the Live community are some of its areas of

xbox360 logo.pngThe Full Auto demo is up and ready to be played, so go grab it!

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Spaces icon.gifAfter jumping on this story yesterday, a few small updates came to light. First was the possibility of multiple partners, including Amazon.com. Second was the removal of the Adult Content topic that allowed Spaces users to target the ads on their Space.

Now we just wait for the …

windowslivelogo.gifMichael Arrington posts what he can from Search Champs, news about three not so new but still cool Windows Live features. Apparantly Sanaz (it's Ahari, Michael!) showed off some of the MCE Remote features in Live.com that BillG played with at the CES keynote, there was more on …

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Looking for a little more info on Spaces 10.5? A good place to start is with Karen Luk , a Spaces program manager who has posted three complementary entries, one on theming and the new themes available in 10.5, one on enhancing your very own revenue stream via …

Spaces icon.gifWe told you it was coming, and here it is. This evening marks the launch of MSN Spaces 10.5, the first major Spaces upgrade since its original launch in December of 2004. Here's what's new:

Live Contacts Aa great way to make sure your family, friends, and business …

WLSoon icon.gifI posted yesterday about some of the things we can expect in the next update of Spaces, one of which was Live Contacts. This new service has two aspects to it.

Firstly, it allows a user to publish different information to different groups of people. Personal information can …

Spaces icon.gifIn its imminent update, MSN Spaces is to partner with Kanoodle, in order to bring pay-per-click advertising opportunities to its users. Spaces that contain BrightAds integration can choose to display ads from a variety of areas, which notably includes Adult Content. Spaces that wish to display sponsored listings …

This morning, several testers are reporting that Messenger auto-update has upgraded their version of the Messenger Beta client to build 369. Although we are unable to obtain the upgrade via this method, it appears as though the new build is mainly bug fixes.

You can find the seemingly …

WLFavorites icon.gifBink.nu posted some of the text of an email to Windows Live Favorites beta testers, setting the next update of the beta bits in the fourth week in January. WL Favorites (initially code-named Roaming Favorites), allows users to store their favorites folders online, giving them access to sometimes …

Spaces icon.gifThis week MSN Spaces moves closer to the portfolio of Windows Live services with the launch of its 10.5 release. This long overdue upgrade touts many user-requested features as well as introducing several major additions, including a social networking module, a revamped Profiles service and the introduction of …

office live beta logo.pngOffice Live, a three-tiered set of internet services aimed at small and very small businesses, will offer not only simple website and email services, but an impressive set of more sophisticated business applications, collaboration services, and management tools. To review quickly, the first of the three tiers is …

WLSession icon.jpgThis week the new initiative launched by MSN, Windows Live Sessions, hits Europe, with Paris, Munich and London playing host to marketing gurus, digital consultants, members of various Windows Live communities and individuals from well known tech news sites. The events are being organised by Heaven.fr, who …