June, 2006

WLMessenger new icon.gifIn just minutes, Windows Live Messenger will be released and publicly available on this site. It is expected that the release will be announced at a beta tester chat scheduled to start shortly. Microsoft has officially issued its press …

WindowsLive.gifReleased alongside Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft PressPass has posted an interview with Martin Taylor, Corporate VP of Windows Live and MSN. Here's a little snippit:

Taylor: We're committed to delivering a set of services that puts all users firmly in

WLMessenger new icon.gifWindows Live Messenger is virtually here, with an expected launch late on Monday 19th June / early Tuesday 20th June. Messenger final will be available from the new Windows Live products page, soon to be published at get.live.com, or …

WLLive.com icon.gifAs part of a smaller update last night, the Live.com team has added a small number of templates (pre-built pages) to the site. This should improve the first run experience for new users, who might find the whole concept of …

WLMessenger new icon.gifIt seems as though Windows Live Messenger users and Yahoo users will not be able to talk to one another immediately when WL Messenger goes final next week. Unfortunately this feature will still be carrying the "coming soon" branding so …

WLSoon icon.gifA member over at Neowin.net figured out a way to get your @live.com and @windowslive.com email earlier than the general public. Alright, I'm not going to keep you waiting any longer. Here are the instructions to grab an address early: …

favorites.gifIt's a busy day for Windows Live. The Windows Live Favorites team just announced, on their team blog, that WL Favorites V1 has been released.

Fresh out of Beta, WL Favorites is available in 37 countries and 11 languages. Built …

WLLive.com icon.gifJust a few minutes ago, the new Live.com (now featuring Flair/Vapor!) went live. As Chris mentioned last week, this upgrade mainly focuses on the new UI and first-run experience. Now it is much easier to get rolling with customized content …

microsoft.jpgWell, we do not usually write about executive news at Microsoft, but this story is so big that I couldn't help myself. Microsoft announced today that starting in July 2008, Bill Gates will be stepping out of a day to …

WLMessenger new icon.gifThe release date for Windows Live Messenger has been debated on the internet and across the blogs for the past few weeks. First, it was reported by WinFuture that Live Messenger would be released on Friday, June 16th. Later, …

Spaces icon.gifThe Spaces url change, switching blogs from spaces.msn.com/myblog to myblog.spaces.msn.com, has just been completed. The update was delayed several times in the past week. (Thanks View Master for the tip).

While I originally voiced the opinion that 3 url changes …

Trevin Chow from the Live ID team highlights the issues that we believe could result in a very slow uptake of Windows Live services; unawareness and confusion:

After talking to about 25 customers, it was abundantly clear that customers

Looks like the land grab is about to get underway. According to the Mail Support blog, anyone will be able to get a new email account with an @live.com or an @windowslive.com address beginning next Tuesday, June 20.

Coming

lifecam.gifToday, Microsoft announced the availability of its new High Definition webcams knows as LifeCams in August of this year. We told you aboutt the impending release of this new generation of webcams back in early May. The specifications have not …

Tonight Ray Ozzie presented a very enlightening keynote on why software as a service is important (a disruption, to use his term), that it will fundamentally change the way we use computers, and where Microsoft's implementation of services, Windows Live, …

WLMessenger new icon.gifThe word on the street today was that the Windows Live Messenger launch has been delayed. Or at least that's what one website said after having stated last week that the launch was this Friday. When the actual launch is …

Windows Live at Tech-Ed

Tech Ed is about to begin, with a Ray Ozzie keynote tonite (Sunday June 11) at 7pm EDT (gmt -5). We're expecting some Windows Live announcements during the week, including the official announcement of dev.live.com, some …

dev.png…on the eve of the official announcement of dev.live.com. First off, a new SDK (software development kit) has surfaced at dev.live.com and MSDN, the
Messenger Add-In SDK – beta
. Unfortunately, the two available sdk's for Messenger are listed …

Niall Kennedy, in a rare post actually about Windows Live on his blog ;), brings us MSReadr:

Many people like to keep up with new product announcements and launches across Microsoft but wish they had an aggregated way

WLSoon icon.gifNext week is Tech-Ed 2006 and what we're hearing is likely to be the "relaunch" of Windows Live. We've already mentioned that the Windows Live Developer Community (dev.live.com) is expected to launch, of which we posted a preview earlier in …