May, 2006

WOCL Logo.gifAccording to the Windows Live OneCare Blog, starting this evening – Windows Live OneCare is now available for purchase and download!

Beginning today, May 31st, Windows Live OneCare is available in over a dozen of the top retail stores nationwide in the U.S. and as a direct download

Microsoft's entry into the anti-virus software market, Windows Live OneCare, is slated for general release on Thursday, June 1, according to PC World. OneCare, recently certified by ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs "as an effective solution to combat viruses and other forms of malicious code as …

WLSafety new icon.jpgWindows Live Safety Center has gone global and is now available in 43 markets. If you are like me and are frequently asked to help friends and family out when they contract the latest virus or spyware, then this service is for you: safety.live.com is your new best …

xboxlogosmall.pngWe probably don't spend near enough time here at LiveSide on Xbox and Xbox Live, but there's a bunch of Xbox sites, and of course they're all abuzz this week with news of the upcoming major update to Xbox Live, expected sometime next week. Jennifer (Miss C) lists …

WLLive.com icon.gifAnother Windows Live SDK has been released, this time for Windows Live Gadgets, and you can "start using this SDK right now to build Gadgets that run on Live.com" according to James Lau on the Gadgets blog. The Live Gadget SDK version 0.5 (Beta), available on MicrosoftGadgets.com

WLLive.com icon.gifThe live.com team just released another small update, as well as the Windows Live Gadgets SDK. Changes include: – Performance improvements – Drag and drop gadgets to a specific page – Ability to create folders within "My Stuff" – Ability to rename feeds and gadgets – Read

WOCL Logo.gifThe Windows Live OneCare team can breathe a little easier today. OneCare has been officially certified by ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs. This means that two of the world's most trusted security firms have deemed that WL OneCare is now an effective way to protect your computer …

Well it's nice to know that someone's listening, at least. The Spacecraft points to Gregg Phipps blog entry, a PM for Spaces, where he explains the necessity for the URL change, the steps they are taking to mitigate the page ranking issues, and the fact that, yes, …

WLLlocal icon.gifThe Outlook add-in for Live Local, which adds a location tab and some toolbar buttons to your Outlook calendar, is available for download at outlook.local.live.com. With it, you can plot locations and driving directions on a Live Local map, include them in your calendar item, and share …

Spaces icon.gifMoz Hussain, a product planner for Spaces, talks more about the numbers and how they relate to Spaces in a blog entry at Moz at Work. One interesting point is that Spaces is the most worldly of perhaps any of the new Live services, or any of …

Spaces icon.gifStats from comScore today to be published later today show that with over 100 million unique visitors, MSN Spaces is the most widely used blogging service worldwide. The report shows that "total number of unique visitors to MSN Spaces has more than doubled in the past 12 months, …

WLLlocal icon.gifOoooh look some new toys just appeared on Local.Live.com. A new way to collect, save, and share pushpins and other info called Collections, including the ability to save Collections to Live Favorites, and a new Traffic map. Hey look even at 10:30 pm on a Tuesday night traffic …

Spaces icon.gifA post on the MSN Spaces team blog warns users that Spaces urls will be changing yet again; from "spaces.msn.com/blogname" to "blogname.spaces.msn.com".

On and after June 1st, all viewers and users going to the "old" URL will be automatically redirected to the new URL. In addition, your MSN

WLSoon icon.gifFrom the Microsoft press release (emphasis is mine):

During his keynote today at the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2006, Gates announced that more partners are coming. Microsoft announced that Motorola is the newest hardware partner for Windows Live services and will ship dual-mode cordless phones later

More details are emerging on the latest Windows Live offering, the unfortunately named Windows Live Search (for the desktop). As this search product will be built around Windows Vista and Office Sharepoint Server 2007, products not yet released to market, there's probably plenty of time to come up …

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Earlier today, Microsoft put a little teaser site up on dev.live.com, indicating the impending launch of a developer site for the Windows Live Platform. Chris and I talked about this with Ken Levy in our interview. If you haven't checked it out, I'd reccomend giving it …

WLDomains icon.gifGus Pinto, the creator of the Windows Live Custom Domains Manager tool just sent me an email about an update to the product. For those unsure about what Custom Domains is, this service lets you use all the Windows Live services but with an email address at your …

WLMail new icon.gifEarlier today (or late last night depending on your timezone) Windows Live Mail was rolled back to its previous build, undoing the M6 upgrade users experienced at the beginning of the week. As the post on the Mail team blog notes, this was due to availability issues experienced …

WLLive.com icon.gifJust appearing is a new Windows Live Gadget blog, by James Lau. In typical "one name for many different things" Microsoft naming style, there are three different kinds of gadgets: Windows Live gadgets, that work on Live.com, Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets, and Windows Vista Sideshow gadgets, that work …

WLSearch new icon.gifThe Windows Live Search (client) demo that was given a few days ago is now available in the on-demand webcast. Skip through to 27.03 and you'll be able to see some of what the product can do. Remember, this isn't the web search, its the search client. …