May, 2007

If you are having problems installing Writer, Messenger 8.5 or Mail, in particular if the the Windows Live installer disappearing halfway through (after a Windows Vista UAC prompt if enabled), this may help.

  1. Close all Windows Live applications
  2. Navigate to C:Program FilesWindows Live and delete the

Today saw the much anticipated release of the next version of Windows Live Writer having seen no new builds since November. This new release comes as part of three Windows Live updates, which are Messenger, Mail and Writer, which means not only the new Windows Live UI that we saw …

Along with Windows Live Mail and Writer, Windows Live Messenger 8.5 has also entered beta today. Featuring the new Windows Live UI that we showed a few days ago complete with Aero support, Messenger 8.5 beta also includes improved compatibility for Windows Vista. Its also worth noting that a …

After a long wait since the last build of Windows Live Mail desktop beta, the new free email client from Microsoft Windows Live Mail has launched into beta. Designed to succeed Outlook Express on Windows XP and Windows Mail on Windows Vista, it replaces Windows Live Mail desktop …

Up until today, the most notable absence from Virtual Earth’s catalog of 3D imagery was, without a doubt, New York City.  Fortunately, Microsoft just pushed their brand new imagery for NYC live to local.live.com.

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In addition to the new NYC imagery, eight other cities have …

For those of you who haven’t seen it at mess.be, the leaked Messenger 8.5 build contained some hidden but basic Windows Live Folders integration/promotion. While the infobar isn’t earth-shattering, remember this isn’t a beta build so it’ll be interesting to see if this changes come the official …

Looks like there is a ray of hope for those FolderShare users who’ve been out in the cold since Microsoft’s acquisiton of ByteTaxi back at the end of the 2005. Apart from a partial rebrand to Windows Live, there hasn’t been much to get exicted about, but that may be about …

All has been quiet over at Windows Live Favorites since they released into v1. A recent update however has seen them add some hidden mobile functionality.…

A new beta program for “Messenger, Mail, and Writer” was just added to Microsoft Connect suggesting that these three programs will be releasing into beta soon. While some information is already available, those who want to contribute something to the development of Windows Live products are encouraged to …

The guys over at Messenger Adictos have made available the Spanish version of the next version of Windows Live Messenger, 8.5. The installer itself has been wrapped by them and sticks the actual installer in a folder in Program Files, where you can then install Live Messenger. So, …

Some sites are reporting that Windows Live OneCare 1.6 is now available for download. Unfortunately if you go to onecare.live.com you’ll see that this is not the case, and the installer is still OneCare 1.5. That’s not to say an update isn’t coming soon…

While we’re talking about OneCare, …

More buzz around the net about another pretty cool looking Web 2.0 product – and like Silverlight, yes it’s from Microsoft.  Currently in an invitation only beta (and yes we’re hoping to get in, you can sign up for the waiting list here) Popfly creates mashups – …

Microsoft just announced they are to buy aQuantive, gaining “interactive agency Avenue A | Razorfish, digital marketing technology provider Atlas, as well as DRIVEpm, a performance media company. ” The price is a hefty $6 billion, the largest acquisition in Microsoft’s history, and double the price of the …

After having to pull the gadget because of some security issues, the Live.com blog has just announced that it’s back.  The gadget adds a view of your Windows Live Hotmail account to a Live.com page.  You must be using Windows Live Hotmail to use the gadget, it won’t work …

Are you Canadian? Do you have a cool idea for a gadget, whether it be a sidebar gadget or web (live.com/spaces) gadget? Does it involve a Windows Live service? Would you like to own a nice new 40″ Widescreen LCD TV, and XBOX 360 or a 24″ Dell …

A new Live Search site was brought to our attention recently (thanks Jamie), http://search.imagine-live.com/. What’s obviously different is the sparse homepage, notably the lack of vertical search options, which directs the users focus to the search box and nothing else.

Diving in further, search results are

Windows Live Expo, the free “social classified” ads offering, has just added some new features, including the ability to send an alert to selected members of your Messenger buddies list when you post something for sale on Expo.

In addition, the site has been optimized to show …

One of the most amazing things about working on LiveSide is the realization of how international we are.  We’ve been watching the numbers and the interest in our Folders posts, among others, and the hits coming in from China, from Italy, from the Netherlands, and places all over …

Here’s a new site where you can win prizes for playing (pretty easy) games; Live Search Club.

 

 

In a funny coincidence, I saw this on Venkat Narayanan’s blog.  Venkat was one of the (three) original members of the Start.com team, along with Steve Rider and Sanaz …

Well this is kind of sad.  Sanaz Ahari announced on the Start.com blog today that in one week (May 22, 2007), start.com will redirect to live.com, ending a most unique and fun project.

“This is a bittersweet moment as I reflect on what start.com accomplished from it’s inception