April, 2006

adcenter.gifPresumably timed to coincide with this year's MSN Strategic Account Summit, this May MSN's adCenter will roll out a major update to the public. AdCenter is MSN's easy to use online advertising platform. AdCenter helps advertisers to strategize, plan, and place their ads on the right search pages …

WLSearch new icon.gifAmazon.com has dropped Google Search for Windows Live Search for A9 and Alexa, according to the Google Operating System blog. No official word out about this yet, but it seems to be true, as you can see:

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rss.pngJust to let everyone know, our OPML file of all the sites on our blogroll is completely up to date as of right now. Although, with the ferocity which Microsoft is launching new Windows Live services, that could all change by tomorrow, or even by the time you're …

maildesktop.pngAs the Windows Live Mail Desktop Team inches closer to the next beta stage, they've decided to reveal plans for changing the UI in the new email application.

 

Windows Live Mail Desktop will adopt the same UI coming with the new Messenger Beta Refresh. As Chris pointed

WLMail icon.gifOmar Shahine talks indepth about decisions made in designing Windows Live Mail and how they are making some changes to Windows Live Mail that puts the users inboxes more about email than ads and marketing.

Starting next month we are reducing the number of advertising from two graphical

wLiveShoppingBeta.gifMicrosoft has launched the Windows Live Shopping Service today. Give shopping.live.com a try!

You can also checking out Windows Live Shopping Guides and the Windows Live Shopping Tour! They've done a fantastic job introducing a neat shopping system. Using AJAX technology, you can easily get product information …

WindowsLive.gifSeveral people have been asking about the graphic branding Microsoft plans to use for its Windows Live services. While everything is still in beta and subject to change, we cannot be certain how it will end up, but here's how we understand it at the moment:

 – The …

WindowsLive.gifMSN UK have launched a new site to promote Windows Live over at http://www.insiderclub.co.uk. Its not quite finished yet (I'm stuck waiting at Level 3) but you can win some cool freebies, including Windows Live Messenger Phones. I've ordered my free contact cards already :-)

Check it …

WLIDLogo.pngThe rollout of Windows Live ID continues, this time with the new sign-in UI. From the Live ID blog:

Today we are rolling out a new sign-in experience for Windows Live sites like Live.com, Ideas, Mail, Expo, Favorites and Custom Domains. This is the next step in

WLMessenger icon.gifLiveSide Staff, minus myself, will be up in Redmond next week but I was fortunate enough to have been able to take a short trip up to Microsoft earlier this week. I was invited to meet Nick and Terri from the Hive as well as invited to take …

WLIDLogo.pngTrevin Chow reports from the Windows Live ID blog that the first rollout of Windows Live ID is almost complete. The new centralized login page for Windows Live ID will be login.live.com. Currently, it displays much of what was seen on the Passport page but is slowly …

windowslivelogo.gifMary Jo Foley from Microsoft Watch does an fantastic interview with Windows Live Platform Group leader Blake Irving. Mr. Irving explains what Windows Live is and talks about some of its goals and directions the platform has for its users. Check out the Interview with Blake Irving! If …

WLFavorites icon.gifHaving troubles with Windows Live Favorites and Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 (just released Monday night)? The Live Favorites Team discusses an issue found with the latest release of IE7:

We've gotten a few folks telling us about issue's they're seeing with the latest IE7 release and the

windowslivelogo.gifSome much needed discussion around Live.com, performance, usability, and focus is taking place around the net – started by a post from Rick Strahl he calls "Live.com – I don't get it". Ken Levy, Product Planner for Windows Live, picked up on it, sent it off to Scott …

WLMail new icon.gifFor many users, the change from MSN to Windows Live will be most obvious when they first load their new inbox. The Windows Live user interface is a sharp change from the Hotmail one, a change that actually has been too dramatic for some users, hence the inclusion …

WLSoon icon.gifThis coming week (May 1-5) the LiveSide staff will be making the pilgrimage to Microsoft's stronghold, Redmond, WA. Unfortunately Brandon will not be able to take the trip this week because of work obligations. Matthew and Kip will be attending the MSN Butterfly Tour on Monday and Tuesday, …

xbox360 logo.pngValve Software of Bellevue, Washington has committed to developing for Microsoft's (Redmond, WA) Xbox 360. I decided to post this here because this is a story of particular interest to me. Valve's critically acclaimed Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Half-Life 2 are some of my favorite PC games of all …

WLCusomize new icon.jpgIt is no secret that Microsoft’s “Gadgets” are a central focus of the company, with integration already present in Live.com and Windows Vista. The buzz around CES was that there are plans in the works to bring Microsoft Gadgets to Spaces. Microsoft has invested a …

windows live jewel.pngWhen Google introduced the GMail beta two years ago on April 1, many thought it was a sly and considered trick aimed at making Microsoft scramble. Hotmail had 2mb accounts, and that's the way it was for 200 million users, as the service was seemingly maxed out, unable …

Microsoft announced Friday that Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Ask.com, will replace David Cole as Senior Vice President in charge of MSN and Windows Live. From a Waggener Edstrom email to Microsoft employees on Friday, via Charlene Li:

Microsoft has hired Steve Berkowitz as SVP of the