July, 2007

A heads up for those of you who use Windows Live QnA beta – apparently it’s experiencing some difficulties at the moment:

(from the QnA blog)

Hi folks,

The QnA site is currently encountering problems, as many of you have undoubtedly noticed.  Please know that the

Hot off the press is an email sent to some of those who signed up for the Windows Live Folders beta and don’t yet have access.

“Subject: Windows Live Folders — opening soon!

Thanks for signing up for the Windows Live Folders waiting list. We’re sending you email

With the Windows Live Wave 2 rollout expected this autumn/fall, Kevin Johnson describes it as “the must-have free upgrade to the Windows experience.” Is Kevin being optimistic or is there enough available already to warrant this description?

The launch of the updated desktop applications (Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo …

As you may or may not know, Microsoft’s annual Financial Analyst Meeting wrapped up a few days ago.  There were a few important points for Windows Live that were talked about, so let’s jump right into that.

Windows Live SuiteKevin Johnson, President of Microsoft’s Services and Platforms …

I love the blogging policy and speed of the Hotmail team.

“Just wanted to let everyone know we’re aware of the difficulties accessing Hotmail/Live Hotmail right now – you may get “Server is Temporarily Unavailable” when logging in. We’re working hard right now to restore service to all

Microsoft announced Sunday evening a “commitment to call on the industry to develop global privacy principles for data collection, use and protection related to searching and online advertising.”  According to the press release:

“Microsoft and Ask.com are proposing that leading search providers, online advertising companies and privacy advocates

Our new friend Belem, a Chinese Spaces MVP from Beijing, alerted us tonight to a workaround to an annoying little problem for a select few Spaces users, which has appeared after the “M2” update.  Apparently a number of users are reporting that their spaces are unavailable.  According …

Gatineau, Microsoft’s web analytics tool, looks like it is getting close to seeing the light of day.  Apparently after an adChamps briefing in London, an attendee, Dave Naylor, got hold of some Gatineau screenshots and posted them.  Then Ian Thomas, who is “responsible for bringing Microsoft’s …

With all the fuss about a “leaked” powerpoint from the MGX conference (that gives a tentative date for Windows 7 of 2010,) you’d be forgiven for missing the few points made relating to Windows Live. Here’s a couple of blog posts that caught our eye.

  • Ray Ozzie gave a keynote

The big news today is that Microsoft released their Fourth Quarter Earnings Report.  Well, that report brought some interesting news from the Online Services Group.  According to the report, the Online Services Group, which includes Windows Live, lost 732 million dollars this year, way up from the …

The Spaces update has started rolling out now so I thought I would take this time to just go through a few of the new changes, showing what’s new.

New Home Page and the New Windows Live Bar

I made a slight error with the link I gave …

Update: This method does not work now. We’ll keep you posted on when they become available again.

Last week we briefly saw the @live.com registration open for an hour and just as quickly got closed. Unfortunately, at that time, a lot of you didn’t get chance to register …

image Windows Live Spaces just released is releasing tonight a small update to their popular blogging and social networking service. The update includes the following features:

  • Broader availability – jumping from 34 markets to 42
  • Birthday notifications option on your Live contacts
  • Ability to re-order list modules – Like

MSN and Farecast.com, the airfare prediction Web site, have today announced an agreement in which MSN will offer its users free airfare predictions and planning tools on the MSN Travel Channel. The addition of Farecast’s innovative technology and planning tools on MSN Travel will hopefuly empower its …

Last year Microsoft announced its intention to get into the municipal wifi market, which for those non-Americans is free public wifi for entire towns and cities. These networks are currently being built and tested by MetroFi in Portland and Oakland, and today Microsoft announced that it is teaming …

After the wordwide launch of Windows Live Hotmail at the beginning of June, migration of MSN Hotmail users over to the new platform is set to begin this week. Using the Netherlands as the first test market, the remaining MSN Hotmail users will be moved over to the new platform, …

Office Live is increasing the reach of small businesses everywhere with the addition of Ask Sponsored Listings, part of the IAC Advertising Network.  This is a huge deal for Office Live, which has had a bumpy past, and adManager, which is still in beta. Now …

Today, ComScore released their new set of search engine share stats for May through June and things are looking good for Live Search.

This reported 2.9% bump in Microsoft’s search share serves as more support to the Compete.com data that we reported on last week.  As expected, …

With the launch of Windows Live OneCare 2.0 beta this week, we thought it was worth going through the program in some more detail to do it justice. It is more than a simple anti-virus program, providing both backup and home network support as well. Here’s a quick review …

image Just a small tidbit found over at the Live Folders Team Blog, they have announced that the next release of Live Folders will include thumbnails of any pictures that are in your folders.

Currently when you have a folder open that contains pictures you will see the …