February, 2006

During my interview with Phil Holden, Director of Windows Live, we discussed the upcoming beta of Windows Live Mail Desktop.

This free desktop client integrates fully with existing Live services, allowing you to access your Live Mail accounts without opening your browser. As well as this, the client …

This interview with Phil mainly focuses on Windows Live Mail and the upcoming Windows Live Mail Desktop Client. This is the first of several interviews we will be posting this week.

0.00 Introduction0.17 Windows Live Mail: M5 update5.34 Windows Live Mail: Long term strategy and development6.35 @live.com email …

WLLlocal icon.gifIn yet another Windows Live update coming this week, the Live Local team (formerly VirtualEarth) will release a technical preview at http://preview.local.live.com that demonstrates the new StreetSide feature for two cities: Seattle and San Francisco.

This new feature provides a vivid flythrough experience for the user, especially in …

WLMessenger icon.gifLeah has posted over at the Windows Live Messenger blog some screenshots and a feature list of the semi-public beta build 566. Yes its still not fully public, however signup at ideas.live.com is reportedly taking less than a day to complete.

Unfortunately given the reaction from people on …

WLMail icon.gifSteve Kafka, PM of Hotmail, today blogged about the new features of the "M5" release of Windows Live Mail beta [codename Kahuna], which is expected to be released Thursday. The feature list includes:

 – Hotmail classic theme with new improvements and features for browsers other than Internet …

msn_adcenter.gifToday MSN Advertising sent e-mails to customers announcing the availability of the MSN adCenter pilot in the USA. adCenter [codename Moonshot], which officially launched in France on September 26, 2005 and Singapore on August 31, 2005, is now going mainstream since being demoed at the MSN Strategic Account

WLExpo icon.gifYes along with beta refreshes from the Messenger and Mail teams, this week will also see the opening of Windows Live Expo to a much wider audience. Up until now, the beta has been limited to Microsoft employees and a few other email domains, despite the …

WLMail icon.gifWindows Live Mail (the Kahuna beta) is expected to update to a new milestone, M5, this week, LiveSide has learned. Included in the new version, along with some performance improvements, are a new First-run experience for new users, a Contact picker for sending emails and a Contact "word-wheel", …

As we batten down the hatches in preparation for what is shaping up to be a banner week, we thought we would take the time to publish some guidelines we follow here at LiveSide. Why? Well first of all we wanted to have a manifesto, who wouldn't? Scoble

WLLive.com icon.gifThe Live.com team has thrown up a post on their blog to address the issues that Live.com has been having recently. The problem mainly revolved around various modules not rendering correctly.

The team has released an update which they believe has corrected these errors. However, they ask that …

windowslivelogo.gifWell when there's not much news to report, you dig around in the blogs. While we're waiting for new releases (WLMessenger, Mail, Live.com, etc – Windows Live March Madness?), A Japanese blogger has posted a screenshot and a link to the upcoming Windows Live Search, which is currently …

WLSoon icon.gifAlong with the new Vista CTP many Microsoft testers are expecting today, there are several Windows Live programs that will be undergoing refreshes within the next week or so.

As I posted after the first Windows Live Session at the end of January, the next build of …

WLDomains icon.gifAs of today, all Windows Live Domains, users have recieved 40 invitations to the Windows Live Mail beta to distribute amongst those who they deem worthy. So, if you're one of those who has not had the priviledge of trying out Windows Live Mail, sign up here, …

WLExpo icon.gifNo official announcement on this yet, but it seems as though the expansion of Expo is continuing, this time with Expedia employees getting access to the new Windows Live classifieds service. After the recent removal of Boeing, WaMu and Safeco almost immediately after they had been included in …

Windows Live Family Safety logo.jpgToday, Microsoft rolled out more invitations to test its new product, Windows Live Family Safety Settings. Windows Live Family Safety Settings lets concerned parents filter their children's content. This content is divided up into the following categories:

 – Alcohol – Bomb Making – Drugs – Gambling – Hate Speech – Mature Content – …

David Cole, who has been with Microsoft for nearly 20 years, and the MSN division for the last 6, announced to employees Friday that he will be taking a 1 year sabbatical in April. In the e-mail, Cole says he doesn't know if he will return to …

windowslivelogo.gifInfo World is reporting that the newly re-designed MSN Search home page will be re-branded Windows Live Search before the end of June, according to an MSN product manager. The Microsoft employee, Justin Osmer, said in the article that "We're definitely heading in that direction to get ready …

xbox360 logo.pngAt this year's CES, Microsoft announced a partnership with DirecTV to bring more content into the living room. It seems we are starting to see some of the results of this partnership today. A scan of the March 2006 issue of OXM (Official Xbox Magazine) has found its …

WLFavorites icon.gifToday, Microsoft notified testers of Windows Live Favorites, its "roaming favorites" solution, of the impending release of new features in a coming refresh. An email from the beta team read:

"I'm sure you all have noticed that we did not have a refresh in January, like I

WLSafety icon.gifFinally a new Windows Live service to blog about (the first of several!):

Family Safety Settings is an easy-to-use parental control application that is designed to monitor, control and filter online activity. By creating specific accounts for your children, you can view activitiy reports showing what websites they …