September, 2006

Leah

Yes its true, Leah from the Messenger team, and of (almost) filmstar fame is leaving Microsoft today. We can't highlight every employee's departure, but we thought it was appropriate that Leah be given some recognition for the work she has done; with both the first Messenger blog, and …

Windows Live Expo

After its US release a while back, Expo has finally launched in limited beta at http://expo.live.co.uk/ today. Windows Live Expo is Microsoft's online classifieds service, providing users with a free way to advertise items they want to sell, or services they are offering.

Key features include:

  • Keep your

Just got word from Scott Lovegrove that as a result of all the feedback the Windows Live Writer Team receieved after their initial Windows Live Writer release, the Team have created an update to the Windows Live Writer 1.0 (Beta) that includes changes that address issues that were reported frequently or severely impacted your …

Brandon points out that Bink is testing a new service from Windows Live Alerts, one that will let website owners replace the alert bell in the "toast" with a logo.

Indeed, this looks like a cool new feature of Windows Live Alerts, which seem to be running …

After announcing the landmark agreement, and testing the service, Microsoft and Yahoo are going to be formally linked together on Wednesday.  Although users have been able to sign up for a beta to access the new interlink, now that the agreement is formally finalized, all …

At Advertising Week 2006 in New York, Microsoft is set to unveil a new unified global advertising initiative.  Under Digital Advertising Solutions, advertisers will be able to more easily reach customers by packaging Microsoft's products, including Xbox, MSN, Windows Live, Office, Windows Mobile, and Microsoft TV under one …

Windows Live Gallery, the central hosting area for 3rd party development projects relating to Windows Live has just been updated.

New additions to the site include a section on SideShow, with a section on Windows Live Writer expected also today expected in the near future. For the …

Microsoft has joined with China Telecom, with 210 million phone subscribers and 80 million internet clients, to provide Windows Live Search powered services.  A new search engine, called "114" has appeared on China Telecom's partner website http://www.vnet.cn

"The service is still in trial period and formal service will be

The Windows Live  Invasion of the Robots contest has ended, but there’s still time to vote for your favorite RobotInvader.  One of the more interesting ones connects Messenger to your Media Center PC to remotely record programs, all from your mobile device. Casey Chesnut, a Media Center MVP, …

Our guy Nick, Community Server MVP and all around good guy, has just added /mobile/ to our site.  Now when you sign in on a mobile device, you should be automatically redirected to a more mobile friendly version of LiveSide.  Enjoy!…

Windows Live Expo

Although bitter rivals in the past, Microsoft and Nokia are teaming up to bring Live Search to the mobile device.  This will add Microsoft to one of of many search providers for Nokia's Mobile Search platform since it launched in August of 2005. With the recent launch of …

Windows Live ExpoWindows Live Expo has just announced a new update to the service, including integrated payment via PayPal, job listings via CareerBuilder, featured ads by AdMission – initially in the real estate and autos sections, better search, and tighter Messenger integration – showing you "all the things …

First it was Warhol becoming MSN Soapbox. Next up is Search Center, the latest program which surprisingly will be losing the "Live" prefix that is being given to nearly everything else coming out of Redmond this year. For now it is looking to be called Windows Search Preview, a name that is supported by a recent Newgroup

While we're waiting to get a peek at Soapbox (well more than the dancing butterfly, anyway), here's some Windows Live news:

  • Danny Thorpe writes that the Windows Live Contacts Gadget is due for an update soon, one that's going to break existing apps that use the contacts control. 
I got a chance to talk with the Windows Live Mail desktop team earlier this week and ask them a few questions about this week's refresh.  So, I won't hold this up any longer, let's jump right into it! 
 
LiveSide: Black
Windows Live Mail desktop Team: Red

Paula Hane at Information Today writes about a new search technology that may soon be included in Windows Live Search – faceted search.  One of many search projects coming out of Microsoft Research Asia’s Search Technology Center, faceted search tries to identify keywords, and then classify the search …

MSN Soapbox, which we wrote about on Sept. 7, the user uploaded feature now in internal beta as "Warhol" is set to be released into beta tomorrow (Tuesday), according to MS employee and Warhol tester Kurt Shintaku.

 

Testing has not been announced, but by signing …

Yes, the week has only just begun and already we have a new beta build to play with. The latest beta refresh of Mail Desktop (Build 1034) includes:

  • Virus scanning of attachments
  • Photo Emails can be sent via POP accounts
  • RSS syncing – the ability to sync all your RSS feeds

Office Live, the web hosting, custom domain, and website creator, may soon be incorporating another feature: an online version of Microsoft Works, according to Business Week:

The company is working on plans to offer a free version hosted on its Office Live Web site, as well as

A new version of the Virtual Earth SDK is out, that's the very nicely done interactive SDK at dev.live.com.  New features include:

Add Custom Tiles:     Generate map tiles using the MapCruncher from Microsoft Research to add custom overlays, in varying transparencies, to your maps:

"The Virtual Earth API