March, 2007

Here’s the list of new stuff on Live Maps – from the Live Maps / Virtual Earth blog.  In addition, the first of European cities in 3D are available – Plymouth, Cardiff, Bristol, Gloucester, and Wolverhampton – here’s the collection

New cities with Birds Eye Coverage around …

LiveSide in Chinese! – Announcing LiveSino.net

We have been working with our “LiveSide representative to China”, Picturepan2, and he and his team are pleased to announce our collaboration project, LiveSino.net.

Our friends in China will translate LiveSide stories into Chinese, as well as commenting on Microsoft and Windows …

A quick note posted today on the Live Maps / Virtual Earth blog announcing a major imagery release, including Birds Eye imagery for Chicago, along with “dozens of other cities, including tons of European imagery”. 

The Live Maps guys posted a Collection of landmarks to get us started…

Microsoft yesterday announced the public preview of a technology that the Microsoft Live Labs has been toying with for a new mobile browser that will bring a more desktop-like experience to the user on their mobile phone. The technology, know as Deepfish, aims to preserve “the rich layout …

Eytan Seidman, a lead program manager for Live Search, confirmed on the MSNSearch blog that some of the advanced query syntax in the Live Search engine, such as link:, linkdomain:, and inurl: has been turned off, due to “what appears to be mass automated usage for data mining”.  …

While Ray Ozzie has been keeping details of his Software as a Service platform quiet, some small bits of information are emerging from other members on his team. Two of his direct reports, David Treadwell and Amitabh Srivastava are both listed as working on developing the next generation Live services …

ZDNet News is reporting that MSN Soapbox is being closed to new users for up to 2 months as Microsoft sorts out piracy issues.  ZDNet quotes Adam Sohn, a director in Microsoft’s online-services group, as saying that no new subscribers will be accepted, but anyone who has already signed …

Thanks to Brandon for pointing to the Windows Live Hotmail team’s Spaces blog, announcing the upcoming rollout of M10 (milestone 10) of the Windows Live Hotmail (formerly Windows Live Mail, formerly Kahuna) beta.  According to the blog entry:

You can expect to see the following updates/fixes/changes in

Microsoft today announced the creation of a new group spun out of Windows Live, the Live Search and Ad Platform.  Live Search (formerly Windows Live Search, formerly MSN Search) will join adCenter in a new group that will not report to Steven Sinofsky and Windows Live, but will …

With the release of the Windows Live ID SDK comes the ability to add the trusted security of Windows Live to your application, but how much work is needed to actually get this functionality into your program? Turns out, not a lot. In fact, for just getting a …

Fresh out of Nielson Netratings is their Februay search share analysis – Live Search increasing from 8.9% in January to 9.6% in February. While it may be too early to start celebrating, it’s the 2nd consecutive month of growth in 2007 (0.5% increase between December and January), this is …

According to an article appearing today in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required, free preview here), Comcast Corp. is unhappy with their relationship with Google Inc., and is in negotiations with Microsoft to perhaps switch services:

Comcast Corp. is negotiating to use Microsoft Corp.’s Internet search services

Microsoft is clearly investing in more mobile technologies by announcing Thursday that they will be purchasing Tellme Networks.  Founded in 1999, Tellme is a provider of voice-enabled services, which include their free service +1 800 555 TELL [8355], as well as customer service and ordering for companies …

As you know, most of us at LiveSide are Microsoft MVPs, and attended the MVP Summit last week.  It was an interesting experience, to say the least.

We’re enthusiasts.  We all use Windows Live products. We follow it incessantly, spend most of our free time reading, searching, talking, and …

The Windows Dev blog posted last week about a new project that has appeared on CodePlex called “Live In A Box“. First thing to note about this project is that although it’s been made by people who work at Microsoft, it’s not actually an official offering …

There’s been lots of talk about Windows Live OneCare in the last two weeks, particularly around its poor detection rate in some recent malware tests. On Thursday the OneCare team respond on their team blog, though while it’s good for Microsoft to come out and address these …

We can’t disclose a lot of what we saw [or even if we saw anything at all] at the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Summit [isn’t that a typical Microsoft name?].  However, consistently we heard that Microsoft at all levels are committed to win.  Both Steven [not Steve]

As we noted earlier, and as Joe Wilcox alluded to earlier today, Microsoft and Lenovo announced a deal to include Live.com and Windows Live toolbar on Lenovo PCs worldwide:

“As a part of their continued collaboration, Microsoft Corp. and Lenovo today announced a global agreement to

It looks like Microsoft is now starting to implement its adCenter Labs Video HyperLink Technology with real world clients. The first signs of this come this week as MSN Entertainment shows of Kohl’s department store using the Video HyperLink Technology, which is an interactive video tool which provides more information about objects in a …

In a post that seems to contradict the doomsday scenario that Joe Wilcox seems to be pushing, he reports today that an unidentified OEM will “imminently announce its first PC-bundling deal for Windows Live”.

According to sources cited by Wilcox, the initial bundling would be for the Live homepage …