April, 2006

WLMessenger icon.gifAs Ken Levy mentioned earlier this week, the next beta build of Windows Live Messenger will see yet more extensiblity features being made available to 3rd party developers. Windows Live Messenger Add-Ins can be added to increase Messenger's functionality …

In Niall Kennedy's post, linked below, he describes Live.com as the new default home page for Windows Vista and IE7. MSN.com currently receives a huge amount of traffic as the default home page in Windows, and a shift away from …

WLAlerts new icon.gifNiall Kennedy formerly of Technorati, announced that he is joining Windows Live to "create a new product team around syndication technologies such as RSS and Atom." Here's how you'll see this implemented as an end user:

I'll be working closely

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Ken Levy, Product Planner for the Windows Live Platform, posted on Monday a link to a new document on the Windows Live Developer Center, Business Opportunity for Building Applications with Windows Live and MSN Messenger . He talks about the …

maildesktop.pngI will be the first one to admit it, I was having some serious doubts about the future of Windows Live Mail Desktop, that is until the latest build was released to the public. Prior to the recent build, …

WLIDLogo.pngTrevin Chow and his team launch their official Windows Live ID blog on MSN Spaces today. He describes what Windows Live ID and how it will affect current Passport users:

Windows Live ID is the upgrade/replacement for the Microsoft Passport

WLSearch new icon.gifAll the signs are pointing to a launch on Tuesday of Windows Live Academic Search. Dean Giustini who met with the team last week says " it's official worldwide launch is Tuesday April 11th, 2006." Given that the domain academic.live.com

WLSearch new icon.gifDean Giustini, a medical librarian at the University of British Columbia gives his thoughts on Windows Live Academic Search:

(W)hat did I think of Microsoft Academic Search? Was I impressed? In short, I wasn't bowled over, but I wasn't

Spaces icon.gifDare Obasanjo talks about a new Social Networking tool to come to Windows Live Messenger called "Friends List". It allows you to add friends to a social network of your very own. Here's how Dare describes it:

Australian users of

Yellowpages.com, one of the internets biggest yellow pages list website, has chosen to use Windows Live Local / Virtual Earth as their online mapping platform for their website.

Here's what the Windows Live Local Blog says about Yellowpages.com using Virtual …

WLMail new icon.gifMost Hotmail users who don't pay for the premium service have been hit by the 30 day expiration limit at least once, or know someone who has. Frustrating, yes. Outdated, definitely. Luckily this is changing with Live Mail, as Omar

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The Windows Live Expo Team has gotten a ton of feedback since launch and would like to take an opportunity to discuss how they are addressing the top issues brought to their attention. Worth checking out if you want insights …

WLSearch icon.gifAfter posting about Windows Live Academic Search last week, yet another new search product has entered our radar. This time it's Windows Live Product Search, and like its cousins Image Search and Feed Search, it too will be integrated into …

WLSearch icon.gifYes some good news finally for those of us living on the wrong side of the Atlantic. Today Microsoft made Windows Live Image Search available to those in the UK, exactly a month after it was first announced. Still …

We've just added a few details to the LiveSide rss feed. The username of the staff member who posted the article is now shown, and their email address is included as well. So for those of you lucky enough …

Yesterday Brandon from MSTechToday and Longhorn Blogs joined the LiveSide staff. Describing himself as a "Technology Enthusiast for Windows Live Services and Windows Vista" we're happy to have another great addition to the team :-) Brandon's profile is here and …

PC World has rated Windows Live Local the best online mapping service – with a PCW rating of 90 (being "superior"). They describe Windows Live Local as being "Handsome design" with "unique features earned it top marks despite data glitches". …

WLMail icon.gifThe Live Mail team has just rolled out a minor update to the recent M5 release, that as well as including several bug fixes, sees the addition of Contact Controls.

Familiar to Spaces users, the Contact Control allows a user …

office live beta logo.pngIf you're a U.S. Resident, you are now free to signup and give Office Live a shot. The Office Live Team has temporarily removed the waitlist for U.S. Residents. Here's what Matt Rolak says on the Office Live Blog:

We

windowslivelogo.gifOne nice thing about LiveSide is that we don't have to chase down every Origami fold that wanders across the web. It's Windows Live here, and that's it. But Ray Ozzie's got me in a dilemma – is Live Clipboard …