June, 2006

To clarify, these urls can be used to enable visitors to your website to easily subscribe to your feed on Live.com, or add your site to their Live Favorites. (Right click – Copy Shortcut, then replace our site details with your own site's details) Live.com: http://www.live.com/?add=http://feeds.feedburner.com/liveside/ Live Favorites: …

dev.pngSome interesting bits are beginning to trickle in regarding Windows Live and developers. At trickybusiness, Richard "Tricky" Bassett blogs about creating celebfavorites.com, the demo Virtual Earth mashup that showed you some celebritie's favorite haunts. What's interesting about this entry is that it's not written from a …

WLQnA new icon.jpgWindows Vista beta testers, living in the US (yes, yet another US only beta), got a little present in their inboxes tonight in the form of a Windows Live QnA invitation. Drawing on the Vista tester database is a clear attempt to build up a lot of good, …

WLDomains icon.gifYet another launch for June, this time its Custom Domains, the personalised email service hosted on the Windows Live platform. Nearly all the beta users I've spoken to have been quick to praise Custom Domains, which is in stark contract to the mixed comments I've heard about all …

Spaces icon.gifThanks to Darren Straight who found this post by Satoshi, and a new web site – discoverspaces.live.com. The annotated screenshot provides a few clues about the new version, in addition to a cleaner, Windows Live looking UI. Looks like you can comment and tag photos, initiate a …

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That's right, the AJAX powered Orb Menu that Chris wrote on back in April, had made its first appearence on the newly launched Custom Domains site. It includes links to some other Windows Live services, a link to your Account site, and a Feedback link. The …

Just some bits here and there today. To start, as promised, K*spot posted again on the Kanoodle problem in Spaces, and said that there should be a fix in by the end of the week. Speaking of Spaces, Ed Oswald at BetaNews hears that Windows Live Spaces will

Last week, ComScore released some search numbers that were pretty sobering for MSN and Windows Live. Google continues to not only lead but gain in the market, and while there has been lots of activity on the MSN side, it actually lost significant market share in the last …

WLMessenger new icon.gifI do not normally post about third party addons to Windows Live products, but Messenger Plus! is the exception to the rule. Created by a developer who goes by the name of Patchou, Messenger Plus! has become the most popular addon for MSN Messenger. When word came …

dev.pngCarter Maslan points to the new Virtual Earth Interactive SDK at dev.live.com. This looks like a good way to get a feel for programming Virtual Earth, as you can choose what you want to do (show a map, find a location, draw a line, etc), and then tab …

WLSearch new icon.gifWindows Live Search has finally added cached pages to its results, as well as a nice preview tool to view them. A shame then that overall performance is still lacking. Screenshot (click to enlarge):

Microsoft has just launched a beta version of Windows Live Call for Free (previously known as Free Call) in the US, a service aimed at connecting businesses with users of Windows Live Local. By selecting the Call for Free link from local search results, a call to the …

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The latest from the blog of record for Spaces announces that Windows Live Spaces is coming soon. Included in the new release will be Friends Module, the new social networking tool, and Friends Explorer, a way to create new friendships. Friends Explorer will be integrated with and accessible …

The latest Spaces URL change, from spaces.msn.com/ to .spaces.msn.com, has caused sponsored links to break, as Kanoodle looks for the old URL and not the new one. According to Karen Luk of Spaces, MS is working with Kanoodle to get the problem solved as soon as they can, …

After the slightly early posting of the updated final version of Windows Live Messenger, it is now available from messenger.live.com. Download And if you want to get more details on the Windows Live compatiable hardware (Messenger phones or LifeCams for example) you can find more information here

maildesktop.pngOver the last few days the Mail Desktop team have been sending out beta invites, allowing more testers to try the new client. Lined up as the XP replacement to Outlook Express, and an upgrade to the basic Vista-only Windows Mail, Mail Desktop features support for Live Mail …

WLMessenger new icon.gifWindows Live Messenger just released a small update from build 787 to build 792. It seems as though a few items were missing from regional builds, but this should be the final final build. Maybe. Download

Update: The download page has now been removed. As if Windows Live …

WLIDLogo.pngNate Mook from Betanews posted this interesting tidbit in his Windows Live Messenger final article last night:

Microsoft did, however, have one piece of bad news for users. Muskopf told BetaNews that @live.com and @windowslive.com addresses will not be available for registration starting June 20 as initially planned.

You can be forgiven for missing it, but yesterday Yahoo launched the new beta of Yahoo! Messenger with Voice (v8). While its functionality is very similar to that of Windows Live Messenger 8 and vice versa, one thing that stood out was the inclusion of a Windows Live …

WindowsLive.gifThis morning's Seattle Times had a feature article on Driving the Windows Live initiative in the Business and Technology section. Reporter Ben Romano provides an overview of Windows Live, talks about how the company has "struggled to clearly articulate Windows Live internally and externally", which is apparently by …