January, 2007

For those of you living under a rock, Windows Vista has been officially released as of today, January 30th.  Bill Gates announced the launch of Vista at an event in New York City today, with the help of the band Angels and Airwaves.  We’re still waiting …

Yes the beta has drawn to a close and Windows Live Messenger 8.1 is now available. Nice work by Dwergs in getting the English download link, no doubt he’ll be posting the other language builds shortly.

Download Windows Live Messenger 8.1

Updates from 8.0 include:

  • Yahoo interoperability –

Spaces launched a new build last week, notably with the ability to embed videos.  But there’s quite a bit new under the hood, too.  Jason Antonelli of the Spaces team posted on his blog about some of the new improvements.

Of course the embedded video is the …

With the announcement of Windows Live in November 2005, and the transition of most existing services to the new brand in the first half of last year, the future of MSN appeared somewhat bleak. Since he was hired away from Ask.com last April, Steve Berkowitz has looked to change …

In an article following the release of Microsoft’s First Quarter Earnings Report, CNET News.com reports that “Microsoft’s Live branding has been tremendously confusing and has hurt the company”.  According to the article:

“While Microsoft doesn’t break out the financial figures for its new Live services from its established

Over the last year, we’ve had all sorts of different SDKs released for Windows Live products and services, but yesterday saw the announcement of not another seperate SDK, but the collective Windows Live SDKs. I think this has been a given all along, but we have the “official” …

The Windows Live Dev site has just posted that the Windows Live Search SDK is now available on MSDN (link). So what’s new in this release? According to the blog post it includes:

  • Lots more sample code!
  • Weather and Movie Time queries
  • Support for keyword/placename queries

Last night the Windows Live Spaces team blog announced that they had released a new version of Spaces (link). According to the post there are a few backend changes, but the main change is something that people have been waiting for for a long: Embedding Videos. …

Just in time for Valentine’s day; after all, what kind of presents do geeks give?  Windows Live OneCare is closing the beta, but for a limited time you can get a 3 PC 1-year subscription for only $19.95.  You don’t even have to be a beta participant, just …

Well since Steve Kafka reads LiveSide, we wanted to let him know we read him, too!  In addition to the features listed on the Mail Call blog, Steve points out that the new Live Mail M9 includes better contacts import, and now also contains contacts export, to …

Contrary to the belief that OneCare 1.5 will be available from 30th January, it is now available on the OneCare website for download. Choose to download the 90 day free trial, and its all yours. If you are running Windows Vista, this is probably a must-have.

 http://onecare.live.com

If you are a current OneCare subscriber (or have an active free trial), expect to be upgraded to version 1.5 in the next few days, according to the OneCare blog.  Windows Live OneCare will be officially released on January 30, to coincide with the Vista launch, as …

Just after we received a tip that Windows Live Mail was at M9, Ben Poon posted on the Mail Call that indeed the next version of the beta is being deployed.

What’s new with the new build?  Well first and foremost, it’s fast.  For those of us that …

Thanks to quikboy for reminding us to post about a new effort by Windows Live Search to promote ninemillion.org, a UN program to help refugee children.  For every Live Search made at Click4theCause from Jan 17 til March 31, Live Search will donate to ninemillion.org.

 

Ninemillion.org is a

Windows Live Maps has updated some of its imagery, adding Miami to the list of cities you can explore in 3D, as well as updating to high-res imagery for numerous other locations.

To show the difference between high-res and the standard imaging, I zoomed in to maximum detail …

The latest incremental version WL Messenger is set to be released as soon as January 25th, according to a post on Windows X’s Shrine.  Whether or not it meets that actual date, the new version should be out to the public very soon.  Picturepan2 lists the features …

I got a chance to meet up with the Vista Bus earlier this morning as it rolled through our nation’s capital. In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft took a sweet “rock star” bus, loaded with Vista laptops and set out on an 8 day trek along the east coast of the …

Microsoft’s Danny Thorpe talks about the new version of the Windows Live Contacts control that adds a new tile view that displays online presence (i.e. online, busy, etc) and initiate a messenger session. The hosting Web site can also pre-define a message to populate the Messenger window. I’ve tried …

With Steve Berkowitz firing on all cylinders to keep the MSN brand rolling, the start of 2007 should see MSN taking back some of the spotlight from Windows Live.

First up is MSN to go, the new MSN Mobile service. Similar to its Windows Live counterpart, MSN to …

The San Jose Mercury News on Sunday posted two interesting articles written by Elise Ackerman, one – Hooked on Google, replays some depressing numbers for Windows Live Search, offers up Google as the new Microsoft, as Microsoft was the new IBM, and offers some frank assessments of the …