2006

Still no sign of Ray Ozzie, but Online Services Group Senior Vice President Steve Berkowitz has been popping up all over the place lately, and the bottom line seems to be a return to supporting MSN at the expense …

An update to the Windows Live OneCare Family Safety website (fss.live.com) has taken place this weekend, with the layout changing to the familiar Orb + Flair seen on the many other Windows Live sites. According to an email sent to …

A new version of the Custom Domains SDK is up at Microsoft.com downloads, version 1.2.  Here’s the overview:

The Windows Live Custom Domains SDK is intended for customers and partners who want to programmatically accomplish many of the administration tasks

Donavon wrote a gadget for Live.com, Spaces, and the Vista sidebar that counts down to when Vista officially ships to the general public. So I thought I would continue this using the Messenger Add-In APIs and write the same thing …

Windows Live Custom Domains has just been updated, adding in several new features. From the team blog:

  • All top level domains (TLDs) are now supported
  • You can now register subdomains along with domains, or domains and subdomains on their own, however you

a) Make results more relevant
b) Make it faster
c) Get a pornstar to advertise it in a flash movie
d) All of the above

Windows Live Search went for d with Ms Dewey. Another successful day at the office for …

While no formal announcement was made, Microsoft quietly slipped out a new version 0.7 of the Web Gadget SDK last week. In fact the “It’s time to Build” page on the recently crippled MicrosoftGadgets.com still shows version 0.5 (beta).…

NewTeeVee, a new site for GigaOM run by Om Malik, posts a review of MSN Soapbox that offers some insights into where the beta service is heading.

First, according to the piece, Soapbox is slated to come out of …

Today sees the launch of Windows Live Book Search, a service we first posted about back in May along with the launch of its sister site Windows Live Publishing Portal. Designed to provide access to books indexed by …

Blue Remixed Xbox 360Last year I won the Remix Mix’06 contest. My winning design was a retro 1986 version featuring a DOS monochrome monitor and dreamy picture of a young Bill Gates. It was titled Mix’86 and was a lot of fun to design.

Introducing an exciting new site called enabling you to become a local … anywhere. You can use this new site as a place for all the collections you’ve created on Windows Live Search Maps – collected together in a single …

MSN has ramped up its online ad activity for Windows Live Messenger, ahead of Live.com’s launch in the New Year, with a Christmas campaign site that’s aimed at promoting its video-call service.

MSN’s Hello Christmas site, which has now …

At the beginning of year one of the most interesting gadgets talked about was that of the “What’s on TV” gadget for Live.com. Providing local TV listings and links to show and episode information, this gadget allows Media Center PC …

Thanks to Brandon for pointing out the Live.com Product Tour, a marketing effort that includes some simple how to’s on setting up Live.com and some truly awful videos.

Live.com Product Search

Not big news, to be sure.  Expect something with a little …

Don Campbell, an Office 2007 Evangelist, points to three new screencasts up on Channel 9, showing how Office Live and Sharepoint Designer 2007 can work together to create custom Office Live web sites.

 

The screencasts:

Office Live with Sharepoint Designer

Mike Miles of the WiFi Team announces on the Un-Wired blog that the latest beta release of WiFi Center, the WiFi connection and security manager, is up on Connect.

Improvements to the beta include (from the blog entry):

  • Support for

This sure is a busy night for mobile news, thank god we have Windows Live employees that blog to keep us on our toes.  Mike Smuga, Program Manager for Windows Live Mobile announced, on his blog, the availability of Windows …

Earlier today, Microsoft released its new Mobile Search application on WLS.live.com.  I had a few minutes to play around with the Windows Mobile 5 version of the program on my Cingular 2125 and I must say that it is …

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