April, 2006

WLMail new icon.gifBen Poon announced on the Live Mail beta blog yesterday that Windows Live Mail beta is expanding, from 300,000 to 3 million. As an incentive to try it out, Windows Live Mail is giving away a Safari trip to Africa

WLDomains icon.gifReuters has a very interesting article on how the University of Texas-Pan American is adopting the Windows Live @ edu program to take on the college's 17,000 email accounts. Windows Live @ edu uses the Windows Live Custom Domains system …

WLSearch new icon.gifProBlogger just alerted me to a new Google search feature that they are apparently going to start testing in their results page: "Search this site." Unsurprisingly nobody has mentioned that Windows Live Search has already implemented this, and it works …

WLFavorites icon.gifThe Live Favorites Team will soon be releasing updates to Windows Live Favorites. Those updates include:

New Windows Live Messenger Tab: A new tab for Windows Live Messenger allowing you to access your Live Favorites.

New Windows Live Toolbar Add-ins:

WLMobile icon.gifAre you tired of checking your voice mail from home, your office, AND your mobile phone? Do you want to be able to manage all of your voice mail from one central location? Well, believe it or not Windows Live …

LiveID16.gifMicrosoft appears to have begun their rollout of the Windows Live ID branding with Passport this evening.

 

It appears Microsoft has tweaked the original Passport logo so its slightly different signifying the change to the Windows Live ID branding. …

Mary Jo Foley over at Microsoft-Watch reveals Microsoft is developing a virtual harddrive service for Windows Live. Here's a little more from Mary Jo:

"Sources close to Microsoft described that service as one where Microsoft would back up users'

WLLlocal icon.gifWe're hearing that the Microsoft and Vexcel deal is now formally agreed and the acquisition is final, so expect an announcement soon. Vexcel will become part of the Virtual Earth Business Unit and as such no longer take on new …

windowslivelogo.gifKen Levy points to a new site run by Ronny Kohavi, a "general manager in Windows Live division" at http://exp-platform.com/ According to Ken's post:

The Experimentation Platform will enable product groups at Microsoft and developers using Windows Live to innovate

The WSUS Product Team reports a new product catagory has been added for Windows Live Services.

Today you will see a new product category in WSUS for Windows Live. Windows Live online services include web-based products for consumers, such as

office live beta logo.pngMatt at the Office Live Blog has taken some time to address the latest group of customer questions.

I thought this week's posting would be a good time to share all the questions I've gotten so far with the rest

WLMessenger icon.gifAfter Brandon posted a few of the updates we can expect to see in the Messenger refresh, Michael Sun went and posted some screenshots of the currently internal only, April refresh build 683.

Two extra things worth noting:

– Firstly …

windows live jewel.pngAccording to CNN, plans are in the works for the new ".tel" domain names to go into effect sometime in the near future. The concept behind .tel is to store all of your contact information (Phone numbers, addresses, websites, .etc) …

WLSoon icon.gifLast week, Lapytsh.com interviewed Jean-Philippe Courtois, Microsoft's International Director, about (among many other things) Windows Live's role in the Web Services uprising that we have all been witnesses to lately. Although many are proclaiming the end of "software," Courtois simply …

WLIDLogo.pngThe Windows Live Developer Center has a new link to an MSDN Library document, "Windows Live ID Service", an overview of the upcoming replacement to Passport, Live ID. Learn about the high-level architecture, SOAP, RPC, WS Trust, and …

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The Messenger Team is poised to release new features into the imminent Windows Live Messenger April refresh, including:

Windows Live Today: The Windows Live replacement of MSN Messenger's MSN Today pop up box when you sign in to Messenger.

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WLQnA new icon.jpgBusiness Week:

Microsoft plans to unveil a question-and-answer social-search tool in the coming months, says Justin Osmer, senior product manager for MSN. The feature will let users direct questions to a specific universe, such as a group of friends,

Mix 06 Logo.gifKen Levy points to the seven Windows Live PowerPoint decks from last month's Mix 06, all found on the Mix '06 site, along with decks from other sessions. Ken says the on demand videos from the sessions will be …

office live beta logo.pngJust a week after the Office Live team confirmed it had removed the wait list for the currently in beta service, Office Live signups have boomed. Statistics from IPWalk on the number of registered domains shows that more than 14,000 …