February, 2006

office live beta logo.png…that is, mixed between "nothing but a re-hash", and "no it doesn't mean a web version of Microsoft Office".

In the "nothing but a rehash" camp, David Hunter points out the similiarities between the bCentral press release of 1999 and …

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Microsoft Corp. today announced the beta availability of Microsoft Office Live (http://www.OfficeLive.com), offering small-business customers a cost-free opportunity to experience the company's new Internet-based software services firsthand. A milestone for the online services previewed last fall, Microsoft Office

office live beta logo.pngYes, Office Live invites are finally being sent out. Dare posted his thoughts on the beta, you can read more here (Screenshots included).

As Dare notes, you need to provide credit card details upon signup, a method to dissuade spammers …

WLMessenger icon.gifApologies for this news being rather slow, we're all actually under NDA for this beta so couldn't post it. Yes we do respect all our contractual obligations, despite the content of certain posts we make.

Build 562 screenshots on MessengerSays

office live beta logo.pngAfter we hinted at the upcoming beta launch yesterday, Mary Jo Foley has gone right out and given the expected time and date: Wednesday 15th February, 6am PST (2pm GMT).

Beta testers will require a product key in order to …

windowslivelogo.gifHere's a collection of little Live tidbits, in no particular order…

There's a beta(2) of Windows Defender available today (2/13), here. Defender is the Anti-Spyware offering built from the MS purchase of Giant in late 2004, which will be …

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Today, Microsoft announced that they had acquired the mobile search company, MotionBridge. Christopher Payne, Corporate Vice President of MSN Search, had this to say,

"The emerging field of mobile search is strategically important and crucial to delivering on our vision


MSN Offers $1 Million in Prizes and Charitable Donations With Search and Win

REDMOND, Wash. – Feb. 13, 2006 – Want a new flat-screen high-definition TV? Craving a new pair of Atomic skis? Wish you could bestow a $50,000 donation to your

office live beta logo.pngLiveSide is proud to announce the details of the new Microsoft Office Live beta. As we have already explained, Office Live will have three different packages [make sure to watch the demos by clicking on the product title]: …

Our email server was being tempermental and rejecting all incoming emails. Its fixed now, so if you had anything rejected please mail it again!

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WLDomains icon.gifOn Thursday the public beta of Custom Domains was upgraded. Some good news for those who have been asking for Windows Live Mail inboxes instead of Hotmail inboxes, 40 Mail Beta invites will be given to domain owners next week …

WLExpo icon.gifYesterday, Windows Live Expo was released…if you happen to work for Boeing, Washington Mutual, Safeco, if you attend University of Washington, or you are a current or former Microsoft employee (available to MS employees prior to yesterday).

Although it is …

windowslivelogo.gifIt appears that the ongoing confusion is now finally over. C|Net News.com released an article detailing the interview of John Nicols, who was formerly the head of MSNBC, MSN TV, MSN IA [Internet Access, a/k/a dial-up], among other things …

WLLlocal icon.gif Live Local (or Virtual Earth) hasn't appeared much here at LiveSide, so here's another catch-up post, of sorts. One of the most interesting features of Windows Live is the ability to modify the services, whether it's Gadgets on Live.com, …

Since our post earlier in the week concerning Microsoft's plans for its MSN portal, many bloggers have been discussing the brand confusion that Microsoft's new online plans are causing. It seems as though Microsoft's PR department has taken note, …

Following my recent post on MSN become the MSN Media Network, several bloggers have commented about the brand confusion Microsoft is subjecting consumers too. I'd encourage you to read some of the posts and their comments as all of …

WOCL Logo.gifMicrosoft announced that Windows OneCare Live codename "A1", which has been in public beta testing since November 2005, is going to launch in early June of this year. The service, which offers an "all-in-one, automatic and self-updating PC care service" …

crystal quest liveside image.pngThe Mac classic, Crystal Quest, is now up on Xbox Live Arcade. I haven't really had any experience with the game, so download it and let us know what you think!

Thanks Major Nelson

Several sources have indicated to us that MSN plans to relaunch itself as the MSN Media Network, whilst at the same time expanding its range of interactive and content rich services. As well as continuing to deliver content through MSN.com …

windowslivelogo.gifTrevin, who works on the Passport team, posts a nice overview of an annoying problem with Passport, Why does Passport sign-in Suck?. In the post, Trevin seems to hint at some changes coming that might make Passport suck somewhat …