June, 2007

The Windows Live Folders beta opened up yesterday, and contrary to what we understood, was simply open to the first 5,000 users to get there, with a slight caveat of changing your locale to en-us.  That explains why many of you were able to get in, with or …

Windows Live Folders and Windows Live Photo Gallery are set to begin limited managed betas, according to an announcement by Microsoft today.  Windows Live Folders, which we showed you when it briefly popped up back in May, is the first attempt at a “storage in the cloud” …

Well we just got the email, and Windows Live Folders and Windows Live Photo Gallery are now available if you have been invited.  You should have received an invitation to “Windows Live Beta” a few weeks ago, and if you completed that, you’re in!  Make sure to sign …

Brandon LeBlanc over at the Windows Vista Blog has been playing with Windows Live Photo Gallery, and has a nice post up on it. He describes some of the new features, extensions to the Photo Gallery in Vista:

“Windows Live Photo Gallery includes all of the features

The latest comScore numbers, showing Live Search holding steady, but not gaining, at 10.3% of the market share, seems to indicate that Live Search isn’t succeeding.  Yet as was pointed out a couple of weeks ago, a 10% share of search is a pretty healthy business, …

The latest ComScore US internet search results are out, and Microsoft sites still come in a distant third to Google and Yahoo.  Although US searches on the internet grew by 4% in May from April, the Microsoft share of those searches remained steady at 10.3%, while Google gained …

Jacky Mok, another Product Manager for Windows Live in Toronto, has posted some information on the upcoming @live addresses, which he says will be available “in the fall”, along with “a rich family of products” around the same time.

According to the blog entry on livechronicles.spaces.live.com, …

Beta testers running the 8.5 beta version of Messenger were alerted to an update today – for the first time via Windows Update.  While the update doesn’t actually make any changes to Messenger, seems like we should expect some changes coming down the line soon.

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This article will be the first in a short series on incorporating Windows Live ID authentication services into your web site.

Windows Live ID authentication services enables you to incorporate Passport authentication into your own Web sites. It also enables web sites to store personalized data and settings …

From Farhan Thawar, the Live Search Program Manager from Toronto, comes this little gem, currently running “in theatres” (in Canada?).

donovansilver Windows Live Gallery recently awarded Silver Tier medals to some top developers, looking to recognize them for their frequent contributions, and to begin to develop a system of reputation that will make it easier to choose gadgets on Gallery.  Gadgets from these developers now have a Silver medal next to their name.  When …

Microsoft and Intermap Technologies have today announced the launch of Microsoft’s enhanced Virtual Earth 3-D viewing platform based on Intermap Technologies’ highly accurate and up-to-date elevation data for all of Great Britain. Intermap is also creating similar maps for all of Western Europe and the continental United States. The …

The MSN Mobile Team at Microsoft launched a redesigned MSN portal optimized for mobile phones on Sunday, stepping up its offering at a time when more powerful devices increase the demand for richer content on handsets. However mobile Internet use still represents only a fraction of computer-based Web …

ch9guy Catherine Heller, Windows Live Technical Evangelist, interviews Group Program Manager Koji Kato and Architect Danny Thorpe of the Windows Live Platform team on Channel 9.  They discuss internet software, Windows Live “components”, customization plans, support for multiple browsers, the Windows Live Contacts Control, and the Spaces Photo Control, …

Yahoo!’s Chariman and Chief Executive, Terry Semel, is leaving Yahoo! as CEO after joining the company in May 2001.  He is being replacing by co-founder Jerry Yang after investors pressured the company to make changes.  Yahoo’s stock (YHOO) went up 3.5% in extended trading after hearing the news, …

The “Flair” user interface (seen above) has become a familiar sight for the users of Windows Live products and services.  It has become the standard look for any of Windows Live’s websites or applications.  Flair has been widely adopted throughout the Windows Live network since around last summer

The last year and a half of working on LiveSide have been absolutely incredible.  I have met a lot of great people, seen a lot of cool things, and have had a blast doing it.  My experience with LiveSide has also opened up a few other opportunities for …

projectshutter From our friend Picturepan2 comes news of a Windows Live photography contest in Asia, Project Shutter.  Windows Live users in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Mainland China above the age of 21 are eligible to enter.  Prizes include HP Pavilion laptops and HP printers, and the contest involves …

As of September 27, 2004, all new Windows Live Hotmail accounts, including Office Live and Custom Domains don’t have HTTP [WebDAV] support through Outlook and Outlook Express.  In fact, for those users who haven’t upgraded to Windows Vista, the new version of Outlook Express [Windows Mail] doesn’t even …

Although Yahoo! and Google have already released an “optimized” version of Windows Internet Explorer for their services, MSN has followed suit by releasing a version with it’s line of products and services.  They include:

  • Quick access to your MSN Content and Features
  • Customized MSN links, feeds and favorites
  • MSN.com as