November, 2006

Are you into the Holiday/Christmas spirit already? If so why not check out this Windows Live.com Happy Holidays Christmas Template, all you have to do to add it as your Live.com Template is click here.

The Windows Live Expo team just rolled out an update earlier today.  Here are the details, via the Team Blog:

  • Public availability in the UK and China!  Welcome to social classifieds, guys!
  • Upgrades to the “Communities” feature (formerly known as Email groups)
  • Streamlined account sign-up
  • Upgrade to

An interesting discussion is shaping up across a number of blogs, all relating to Danny Sullivan’s Search Engine Watch posting a number of graphs showing MSN (Live) Search to be losing market share to Google.  Sullivan posts this graph showing the drop in market share over the last …

Straight from the Google blog is the new that Google Answers is closing down, with the acceptance of new questions stop later this week. The surprising admission that they only had about 800 users replying to questions in 4 years of operation does not make this any less of a blow to the …

Today I submitted another gadget to Microsoft’s gadget gallery that works on both Sidebar AND Live.com/Spaces. Its a sample digital clock gadget to accompany an upcoming article that I’m writing titled “Gadgets: Write Once, Run Everywhere“; an article that shows you how to develop a web gadget that will run …

As promised, Office Live is beginning to move into markets other than the US, with betas in France, Japan, Germany, and the UK.  In the UK, the first 10,000 beta testers to sign up will get a free co.uk domain name.

To learn more about Office Live, …

In this article, I will show you how to develop a web gadget (i.e. a gadget designed to run on Live.com or Windows Live Spaces) that will run on Windows Vista Sidebar without modification to the JavaScipt or CSS! This is something that Microsoft has hinted at ever since Sidebar …

We’ve just started up an opinion blog to run alongside the blogs we have running already. Why? Because we feel that there are subjects we’d like to discuss in more detail and depth than we can do in our usual posts. We won’t be posting here as regularly, …

When Microsoft introduced Windows Live a little more than a year ago, a couple of questions immediately popped up; what is Windows Live, exactly? and why is it different than MSN?  A year later, those questions haven’t been answered.  Yes, there has been progress. A steady stream of new services has emerged, …

As Nick has shown over on Windows Vista Blog, not only can you add the Windows Vista Countdown gadget (talked about here on LiveSide.net) to your Live.com/Spaces web page and Windows Vista Sidebar, you can also add it to any website. Here is what Nick writes:

Why …

Virtual Earth? Local.live.com? Maps.live.com?  It’s all so confusing.  We’ve suggested just changing the name to Maps and be done with it, and recently there have been signs that the change has occured.

First, http://maps.live.com works, and doesn’t resolve to http://local.live.com as it used to.

Then on the Live …

Windows Vista Countdown GadgetThis is a re-print of a post that I did on my blog. I thought I’d post it here in case you missed it. Look for my companion article in the next few days about how to write one gadget that runs on Sidebar and Live.com. – Donavon…

One of the common things that seems to be happening with the major Windows Live services and products is for a development SDK to be released for the product to allow 3rd party developers to build upon the application and add extra functionality to the service. We’ve seen it …

Today saw the first major Windows Live advertising here in the UK, with a 4 page front-cover for the “Metro”, a free London paper aimed at commuters. Much like the previous ads in American newspapers, they focused on Windows Live Search, including both Image Search and VirtualEarth.

Pictures (Click to …

Today sees the publication of a new Nielson NetRatings report (PDF) on the US search share rankings. There are few surprises concerning when it comes to the top 2 performers – Google 49.6%, 23% growth and Yahoo 23.9%, 30% growth. What is surprising is the bad performance of …

In an email sent out earlier this week, MSN Money users learnt they will now have two financial information sites to choose from. The first, MSN Money, underwent an update earlier this week, providing new features that include:

  • Improved stockcharts
  • New quote pages
  • Quote watchlist
  • My News

WLMobile icon.gifJust a few days after announcing a major partnership between Windows Live Mobile and Sprint, the Windows Live Mobile team have launched a new SMS search service that provides Cingular, Verizon, Sprint Nextel and Alltel subscribers SMS access to Windows Live Search results. (US only curently)

  1. Send a SMS

Much to our surprise, MSN released version 9.5 of MSN Explorer/MSN Internet Access to subscribers as an update on Friday.  The release appears to fix a number of issues surrounding upgrades to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Live Messenger.  The release also introduces Digital Image Suite

Another MSN service becomes content with the closure of MSN Music. With Microsoft launching Zune Tuesday, MSN Music will not become Windows Live Music, but become a delivery method of content. MSN Music will no longer be selling music, but point customers to Zune, Real Rhapsody, …

Build 1172 of Windows Live Mail desktop just went live on Ideas.Live.com.  This is the first publically available update for WLMd in about a month and a half, so needless to say there have been a lot of improvements since the last build.  Alright, let’s just jump …