March, 2006

WLMobile icon.gifAccording to an announcement on PressPass, Blake Irving will be outlining the Windows Live Voice and Video strategy this afternoon at the Spring 2006 VON Conference & Expo.

"The company has seen a sharp uptick in customer use of voice and video services over the past six months,

WLMail icon.gifIf you love the Kahuna (Windows Live Mail) User Interface, Imran Qureshi is the guy to thank. Today, on his blog, Imran announced that the focus of his job has been changed to oversee the creation of a developer platform for Windows Live Mail. The team plans to …

windowslivelogo.gifAnother link to an MS press release, this one announcing the development of the Web's "Largest Advertising Network". 20 top brands, including Coca-Cola Brazil, JC Penney, and Monster Worldwide, will begin testing multiple ad formats on Windows Live Mail in various markets across the world, on MSN Spaces …

WLMail icon.gifI just wanted to say congratulations to the Windows Live Mail team on getting one million users on the beta! This is a big milestone for the project and they are only going up from here. Great job guys! That is all. :)

MailCall

WLIDLogo.pngOur favorite Windows Live ID guy, Trevin, posts on federation, a procedure where one set of credentials (read: username/password) on a "forest" is trusted by another "forest", without having to create a second set of credentials. What this means to you and me is less of a …

WLSoon icon.gifWe've decided to make it easy on all of you and create an OPML file of all the sites that we are tracking currently. It will be updated along with the list on the left side of the site. Just pop this into your favorite RSS reader and …

WLSafety icon.gifThe name may be a tongue twister, but it appears that Windows Live Family Safety Settings is here to stay. Yesterday, Microsoft issued a press release stating that they will be providing, "Free, Web-based Family Safety Settings that move beyond traditional parental controls."

REDMOND, Wash. – March 13, 2006 –

office live beta logo.pngWell it only took them a month since the public launch and here it is, the Office Live blog. Point #8 on our manifesto now fulfilled. Some good news if you haven't received an Office Live product key yet, they say that they are still sending them …

WLIDLogo.pngFor everyone out there that tries to juggle mutiple passports for Microsoft's services, Live ID finally has the solution. In their release of Windows Live ID, Microsoft will include a utility, named Windows Live Sign-in Assistant, which will allow the user to manage their various Live ID's across …

WLSoon icon.gifYes this is yet another unannounced upcoming service: Windows Live Video. As the name suggests, it provides a place for users to share their own video content with the world and will compete with existing services such as Google Video and YouTube.

Along with Windows Live Answers

windowslivelogo.gifSharp eyed Spaces users (like Chris, below ;)) may have noticed a couple of new modules that appeared briefly, only to disappear (for now), "Questions Asked", and "Questions Answered". (They have disappeared as well from the Australian version of Spaces, which is currently rolling out an expansion into …

WLSoon icon.gifBusiness Week has acquired a memo from David Cole (Microsoft Senior VP) stating that, "Over the next 3-6 months, we'll ship more innovative technology into the marketplace than during our entire 10 year history." This type of statement should not be a surprise to LiveSide readers, since it …

Spaces icon.gifLast night saw an update to MSN Spaces that included some noticeable changes.

– Social networking module now available for Australian users– Windows Live Expo module now available– RSS feed import module– The ability to remove ads from your Space if you are a Premium customer– Simple List …

WLMail icon.gifBecause we're enjoying Windows Live Mail M5 so much, we're giving some of you the chance to experience it for yourself. The first 150 people who enter their email address here will receive an invite to the service. A few rules: – You must enter the email address …

WLLive.com icon.gifIt all went down last night, with Windows Live Search Beta being announced along with live.com seeing a large refresh. And as I promised, a new toolbar beta that has seen Microsoft announcing its purchase of OnFolio.

From the press release:

Live.com, the fast, customizable home

WLToolbar icon.gifAfter the update earlier of Windows Live Favorites, it was clear that Windows Live Toolbar was going to launch imminently, so here's a quick sneak peek before it goes live at toolbar.live.com.

 – Standard MSN Toolbar features including Form Filler, Tabbed Browsing, Pop-up Blocker, Highlight tool. – Feed …

WLToolbar icon.gifAlthough toolbar.live.com isn't live yet, I bring good news, the direct download link for the new Windows Live Toolbar beta. Get it now.

As I mentioned yesterday, it includes OnFolio as well as the following features:

 – Standard MSN Toolbar features including Form Filler, Tabbed Browsing, …

Spaces icon.gifI interviewed Moz Hussain, a Product Planner for Spaces, last week, talking about how Windows Live will change Spaces, how it is changing the way the Spaces team works, and what to expect from Spaces in the coming months. We talked about some of the differences between Spaces …

WLFavorites icon.gifAn update to Live Favorites has just been released. sporting a modified UI and a few new features.

 – The ability to mark your favorites as "Top Favorites" which are denoted by the gold star next to them. (Screenshots 1 and 2)

 – A preview pane for …

At the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference today, Ray Ozzie announced the latest Windows Live service: Windows Live Clipboard. Put simply it is a clipboard for the web, allowing the copying and pasting of structured data to and from websites. In Ray's words it provides a "simple and …