December, 2006

Here’s the list of winners of our recent Windows Live OneCare competition. If you could email me, I’ll sort you out with your subscription.

Life Invasion
Looking around 24/7
Jordan M’s Blog
Jon T
@Live

Again thanks to the …

Well, it’s that time of the year again.  It’s the time where everyone does their predictions for the new year and recap of the events of the year that is on its wayRay Ozzie at the Windows Live Announcement out.  Kip is going to be covering …

Hitwise Research Director Leann Prescott has posted the first real stats we’ve seen on question and answer site market share, and although Windows Live QnA is in third place, Yahoo! Answers is far ahead in the race with 96.1% US …

As more Windows Live services launch out of beta in the next few months, one of the unanswered questions still remains around premium subscribers. Some good news for Hotmail Plus users comes in the form of Windows Live Mail Plus, …

Over the last week a new Windows Live Help Community site has rolled out, aiming to provide support for Windows Live services and products. Users can ask and answer questions, as well as sharing their experiences and feedback on the …

It seems as though the headlines for the monthly search engine reports are getting worse and worse for Windows Live. Last week had the Guardian technology blog proclaim Windows Live Search could be renamed Dead Search . While nobody would say that …

Developers often find the need to popup some kind of informational message to the user. We’ve all been on web sites and received the “Invalid input, please try again” alert, or the “Delete record. Are you sure?” confirmation dialog. But …

The Map Room is reporting that 3D imagery for five new cities has been added to Virtual Earth.  The new cities include the following: Sacramento in 3D

– Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN
– Tacoma, WA
– Sacramento, CA
– Various L.A. …

The folks over at Windows Live have recently released an update for the Contact Cards API to v0.2 (see dev.live.com for details).

What is a contact card? 
A contact card (or perhaps cards) is really the list of all …

Robert McLaws is guessing that Windows Live Drive may be announced at CES in Las Vegas in January.  Basing his assumption on an ad in the CES 2007 guide, “Announcing a new way to share, protect, and store what …

Update: This competition is closed. We’ll have another one when Windows Live OneCare 1.5 launches in January 2007. 

As its Christmas, we’re giving out 5×1 year subscriptions for Windows Live OneCare 1.1, good for use on upto 3 PCs and upgradeable …

Today the MSN Soapbox Team have launched a new activity feature that will alow you to watch Soapbox videos on Windows Live Messenger in real-time with your friends. Which is much nicer than just sending them a link!
 
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Winds of up to 70 mph knocked out power for nearly 533,000 homes and business in Western Washington after the worst storm in more than a decade.  Our very own Kip Kniskern was out of power and heat from Thursday night …

19/12 Update: This has stopped working now.

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Looks like Christmas has come early for those Windows Live users who haven’t got an @live.com email address yet. PicturePan2, the “unofficial LiveSide correspondent for China” has just posted a new …

The Windows Live Gallery got a minor update yesterday, and at the same time a new MSN Soapbox gadget was uploaded.

Make your statement on Soapbox on MSN Video – whether it’s silly, crazy or serious, it’s yours. Upload your

Hey Berkowitz try selling this stuff instead of bashing it, it rocks.

The Windows Live Local blog announced a new minor point release that packs in lots of new features.  First, the Birds Eye navigation control has been replaced, the thumbnail …

Although there doesn’t seem to be any official announcement as of yet, a new build of WLMd is available.  Sign up at ideas.live.com if you haven’t tried out the public beta, or if you’re signed up you can download it

As Harrison hinted a few days ago, a new build of Windows Live Messenger 8.1 has been released to testers (built 8.1.0168 if you’re into those kind of things).

The update seems to be primarily bug fixes, which will …

OK I have to keep my Brandons straight here – Brandon LeBlanc points to a post by Brandon Paddock, announcing that code name Casino has reverted from being a Windows Live product and is now Windows.

 In B. Paddock’s

Things have been pretty quiet on the Messenger front lately.  We have not seen a new build released since the end of October when it went into public beta.  That means that it’s time for some shiny new Messenger …