March, 2006

WLLlocal icon.gifEarlier today, it was announced on Michael Smuga's blog that a new feature for Local Search went live. This new feature, dubbed "Send to Mobile" allows you to send the results of your Local Search right to your mobile device as a text message, complete with address and …

WLSearch icon.gifYes Microsoft really is pushing hard to get into every search scenario possible. The latest up is Academic Search, offering additional features for search results depending on the type of search and the website hosting the information. Academic Search was one of the topics brought up at Search …

Yes I'm posting yet another screenshot, this time of the expected Windows Live Messenger final UI.

 – Yes the UI looks must better, no bleaching! – Note the new status icons, a cross between old and new. – The two new icons at the top of the contact list refer …

WLMail icon.gifYes it has finally started, albeit in a very small way. According to the team blog, only 100 testers will be able to use the beta initially, though it will expand to about 5000 within the coming weeks. After that it will be much more widely available …

WLIDLogo.pngWhen will people learn: InfoCard is not replacing Microsoft Passport. To quote Trevin:

Today, Passport supports email address with either passwords or mobile PINs as credential types. Infocard will simply be another credential that will be supported by Passport. In other words, Infocard will not replace Passport,

windows live jewel.pngYes its been a slow few days around here, so I thought I'd break the lull with some details on the new Windows Live Account site.

Account Services is an existing Passport site but as Kip mentioned in his post on Windows Live Answers, we're expecting to …

WLSearch icon.gifBrandon Paddock from the Desktop Search team posted about a minor update to Windows Live Search. Of note is that now Search Macros can now be created from the drop down menu that is present above search results.

  BrandonOnLive – Updated Live.com Search

WLSoon icon.gifMicrosoft issued an official statement today about the restructuring of the "Platforms and Services Division." In an effort to transform MSN and Windows Live into a more efficient organization, changes in leadership are being to meet their three goals.

Goals:

 – Advance Microsoft's software plus services and Live …

Spaces icon.gifFrom the MSN Spaces homepage:

Windows Live Spaces – the future of MSN Spaces In the summer of 2006, we will unveil a more powerful version of MSN Spaces which will be called Windows Live Spaces! Stay tuned!

Nothing new to learn here if you listened to …

It was recently announced over at ValleyWag that David Cole, head of MSN Global, was forced out of Microsoft. According to sources close to the company, it seems that Michael Rawding, Head of MSN Global Sales & Marketing worldwide has also decided to take gardening leave because …

WLIDLogo.pngWhat with BillG at Mix and the Office DevCon, and the Vista stain on the carpet, somewhat overlooked as announcements go was the first official introduction of Windows Live ID, presented at Mix by Brian Arbogast and Ken Levy. The replacement for Passport, with multiple credentials and tie-ins …

windowslivelogo.gifAs part of his presentation today at Mix '06, as expected, Brian Arbogast announced the Windows Live Developer Center. You can find it at http://msdn.com/live. We'll have more soon, as details from Mix filter out.

windowslivelogo.gifMix '06 kicks off today (Monday March 20), and Windows Live looks to be very much "in the mix". Sanaz will be presenting on gadgets, and Scott Isaacs on AJAX, of course. Brad Adams will be presenting using Live Local to show off the Atlas Framework.

But …

Mix 06 Logo.gifAs Kip mentioned earlier, we're expecting a major Windows Live platform announcement to be made at Mix '06 later today. As Steve Ballmer said back in September 2005, Microsoft wants to "Win the web" and to do this they are looking to provide new ways …

WLMessenger icon.gifLast week saw several websites proclaiming that the Windows Live Messenger was public because of this website on MSN UK, however it still required an invite to sign in to the program. The Messenger team has now dropped the "invite-only" status of the beta, allowing all users …

WLMessenger icon.gifContrary to what we posted earlier, the access that was granted to non-invited users over the weekend was merely caused by a server glitch that has now been fixed. That's the bad news for all of you out there who have not managed to get on the …

WLSafety icon.gifLast week, Windows Live Safety Center was updated, and the web-based virus scanning tool now is able to scan for registry changes, detect and remove spyware, scan someone elses computer from Windows Live Messenger and help them with their computer problems, and report what you’ve found to …

Spaces icon.gifWe haven't really mentioned any of the mobile services here much yet, so I thought I'd give a mention to the latest update for Mobile Spaces (mobile.spaces.msn.com). Changes include:

– You can view photo albums– You can view and add comments to photos– You can view …

wl_shopping_beta_logo.gifMicrosoft Program Manager Ian McAllister started the discsussion about this service, after posting some of the details on his Space a short while ago.

There's not much to see over at http://shopping.live.com/ at the moment, except for this recruitment page that states the following:

"The social shopping space

Today I interviewed Leah, a Program Manager on Windows Live Messenger and one of the bloggers on the team blog: MessengerSays. As a result of the blog, Leah is in the process of switching to a more user-oriented role within the team, which hopefully will see user …