August, 2006

WLSafety new icon.jpgFollowing the recent Windows Live OneCare Family Safety Invites being sent out to Windows Live Butterflies and the appearing of Windows Live OneCare Family Safety on Connect we thought that this Beta would be resticted to only those who had been approved to use it.

However the Windows

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"Microsoft Office Live will launch an Early Adopter phase for US Partners later this year giving participants access to the upcoming version of Office Live. This new version is based Windows SharePoint Services (version 3) offering increased functionality to customers and partners. We are currently taking applications for

Thomas J. points to a number of new Gadgets for Spaces, including Hangman and Pong, a Mortgage rates watch, a Technorati Search Gadget, and a Gas Prices Gadget, among others.

And recently Dare pointed out problem with memory leaks in the Gadgets he's been writing. Some interesting …

WLQnA new icon.jpgWindows Live Qna is now in a public beta, available at qna.live.com. Betsy Aoki has the details over at the QnA team blog.

Disclaimer: USA only…

Hot off the Microsoft PR wagon is news that Verizon will be providing its high-speed internet subscribers with co-branded Windows Live services:

Verizon customers will have access to co-branded information and communications services, including a co-branded Live.com home page with easy access to Verizon and Windows Live services,

WLAlerts new icon.gifThe MSN Alerts service has now been migrated over to Windows Live, and is available from http://alerts.live.com.

"Get headlines from your home town, scores and updates for your teams, stock quotes, traffic for your commute-just about anything that is happening right now. You pick it, so it's

WLLive.com icon.gifAs promised, there is an update to Live.com with a new look, easier on-the-fly customization, add multiple pages and so much more. Also, Live.com can constantly update search queries for the web, news, images and feeds on the main page. You can also change the view of …

A few weeks ago, Mary-Jo Foley at Microsoft watch first mentioned Agora during a roundup of the Windows Live services. It appears that Agora is the codename for the replacement for Windows Marketplace, unoriginally expected to be Windows Live Marketplace. What is surprising is that the existing …

WLMobile icon.gifMotorola have now released details on their upcoming T31 series of cordless phones, designed to work with Windows Live Messenger. The T3153 and T3101 both support upto 6 handsets, with the only difference being a separate base

unit for the T3151.

You can also ask to be notified …

The Windows Live Wifi Suite blog is now public at http://nowires.spaces.live.com/, where already they have announced the Hotspot Locator website http://hotspot.live.com/. Also, if you would like to be on the client beta, you can email your Windows Live ID to [email protected] and hope for the best. Surprisingly for …

Windows Live Essentials is an upcoming product that will be the Windows Live equivalent of the Google Pack; allowing for one-click installations as well as providing update notifications for the individual products. With a central control panel (Windows Live Dashboard) providing information on the various Windows Live application, …

From around the web, today – first Brandon at MSTechToday points out the link to the new video search capabilities of Windows Live Search. You can try out these beta features at beta.search.live.com/video/

There's also news about Live Drive coming from Tech-Ed in Auckland. Expect Live Drive to …

Richard MacManus posts an interview (today, 8/23) with George Moore, GM for Windows Live Developer Platform, who recently called Windows Live Spaces the largest blogging service on the planet, getting Robert Scoble all in a tizzy. Robert later came to his senses. Moore talks about gadgets, …

WLMessenger new icon.gifA sign up link for the Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Beta has just appeared on Microsoft Connect. To sign up, go to Connect, click on Available Connections, then find Windows Live Messenger 8.1 and click Apply. To go straight to the survey, just click this link. …

WLMobile icon.gifBoth Microsoft-Watch and BetaNews are reporting that the Windows Live Wifi Suite beta is starting, with invitation emails being sent out in the last few days to testers.

From our original post in May outlining the main feature of this product: "Windows Live Connection Center: enables and manages …

After a couple of perhaps unintentional sneak previews, the newly designed Windows Live Ideas, or ideas.live.com, is up and running. The portal to Windows Live beta projects sports the orb and the vapor of course, and what is becoming an obligatory picture of Leah (not that we're …

Danny Thorpe of the Windows Live Platform team announced on his blog Momentary Gouts of Reason what he calls "a new kind of web component" the Windows Live Contacts Gadget.

What's it for? The contacts gadget is client-side JavaScript that enables end users to use their Windows

WindowsLive.gifJust noticed that Windows Live Ideas (http://ideas.live.com/) is now updating it's UI and though the page contains some errors right now, it's clear that all the Windows Live Services are starting to get the flair header along with the Windows Live Orb making the consistency between …

Mary Jo Foley reveals that direct download links for Messenger, OneCare, Live Toolbar, and Desktop Mail are included in the welcome screen of Vista build 5506, rumored to be released to beta testers soon. Bink has a screenshot.

While we've been telling you what Live Drive is

Very quietly, some of the Windows Live services are being updated to include the new Windows Live UI. Yesterday, as JCXP noticed, Windows Live Favorites updated their UI and made some improvements, although as yet no word from the team. And LiveSide reader Emexci points out that …