2007

Didn’t get the digital camera you wanted for Christmas? Then maybe you should consider buying yourself one of these, an UltraCamX Large Format Digital Aerial Camera. Producing images with a 216 megapixel resolution, these cameras are used to take the high-resolution imagery used within VirtualEarth/Live Maps. A word …

Long has picked up on Microsoft’s latest advertising strategy, YouTube. Several videos promoting the benefits of using Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Windows Live have been uploaded in the past week, unfortunately it seems as though nearly all of the points being marketed don’t actually relate to Vista. …

Its at this time of year that people post their yearly recaps and scorecards, whilst looking ahead to the following year. While I’ve seen a generic Microsoft 2007 scorecard and a reminder of the branding mess that Microsoft created for itself in 2006, I haven’t seen much else relating to Microsoft’s online services (tip us

Things at LiveSide have been a little quiet lately, as we enjoy the holiday season, and frankly enjoy a little break as Windows Live news has slowed until the new year.  News, and our snooping around it, will pick up soon, but for now we’re enjoying the little …

Received a nice email today from Steven Lees, a member of the CSA Concept Development Team at Microsoft, announcing that Microsoft has placed FeedSync under the Open Specifications Promise.  According to Lees from his email:

"As I think I mentioned at Mix n Mash, we’re very interested

I came home from work today to find multiple notifications from readers that LiveSide (and other sites) had been setting off Anti-Virus detectors, and a link to an article on ZDNet: Antivirus firm: Google text ad Trojan detected.  According to the article:

The Trojan redirects queries meant

We use a number of Windows Live services at LiveSide, and now our Community Server guru, Nick Brown, has started a CodePlex project, “Community Server Windows Live Addons”, at www.codeplex.com/CSLive. He’s starting out with two controls:

Currently there are two controls in the package, the windows

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Just in from our friends at Windows Live Chronicles, traffic info has been added for 3 Canadian cities: Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal – so now Phunky can detour around that black line near downtown.…

If you head over to Codeplex you will find a number of Contoso Quick Applications posted there. Each one demonstrating various aspects of the Windows Live platform and showing you a “real world” style application that makes use of them, along with the source code so that you …

Earlier today Microsoft made available the source code for tafiti.com as part of the Windows Live Quickapps series. For those of you interested in the quickapps you should definitely subscribe to the Windows Live Alerts for instant notification of any updates.

For those developers amongst you, Colin …

mlivecom Live Search and Live Search Maps continue to improve their offerings, with the latest being an update to m.live.com, for mobile search.  After downloading a small installer, maps on your mobile browser are made interactive, with easy zooming and panning.  I just tried it out on my …

So yeah it’s kind of a slow news week, not much happens just before the holidays, when things will really shut down.  But there’s been quite a conversation going on among the blogs about Enterprise v. Consumer/Microsoft v. Google/Old Way v. Web 2.0, which kind of started when …

Our service provider, 1and1.com, has notified us that we will be down for a few hours this coming Sunday evening/Monday morning:

In preparation for moving your server to the new, state-of-the-art 1&1 Data Center, we will need to briefly shut down your server while technicians perform an

Well it took a few days, and I actually got an email saying it would be a few more, and hey watch this video while you’re waiting, but then an invite was waiting for me in another account this evening.  I had already installed the Office Live Workspaces …

Live Search Maps announced via their blog today that a new Chinese version is now available, at www.ditu.live.com (ditu (地图) means maps in Chinese, according to our friend PicturePan2, who was of course already all over this news and has posted on LiveSino.net).  From the Virtual Earth/Live …

Some interesting information from Vincent Tao, Senior Director of Virtual Earth and Live Local Search at Microsoft, from an interview by Brady Forrest at O’Reilly Radar.  While maps.live.com is fully available in China, the ditu.live.com version does not presently include any imagery, nor does it contain readily …

Microsoft today announced that it had acquired MultiMap, “one of the United Kingdom’s top 100 technology companies and one of the leading online mapping services in the world.”

The acquisition gives Microsoft a powerful new location and mapping technology to complement existing offerings such as Virtual Earth,

My friend Luke Smith and I for the last month have been working on a new .Net wrapper for Windows Live, which we have called LiveNet. You might be thinking “what’s the difference between that and Windows Live Tools“, and the answer is simple, a fair bit. …

Phil Holden points out that a new version of Windows Live Messenger is available for almost all  phones, by accessing MSN Mobile, for both WAP 1.x and WAP 2.x phones.  If you’ve use MSN Mobile on your phone you should be good to go, if not, go to http://mobile.msn.com

Microsoft is today announcing the launch of mobile advertising on its range of MSN Mobile services in US, with mobile advertising already existing on MSN sites for users in Japan and some European countries. Advertisers will be able to extend their ad campaigns onto the mobile sites using technology gained …