September, 2007

I had an opportunity to sit down with Satya Nadella, Corporate Vice President, Search & Advertising Platform Group, right after he presented at Searchification. We talked about the “super-positive” internal buzz within Microsoft about the new search, some strategies for how to increase search share (by going …

With the new Live Search update adding so much, we thought we’d break it down into some smaller posts. First up we are taking a look at two of the four the new vertical search engines that were announced yesterday: Entertainment, Shopping, Health, Local.

Entertainment Search

This is …

At Searchification today, Microsoft publically showed for the first time some aspects of Live Search 2.0, including a “quantum leap” in search relevance, with Nadella saying their research shows them equal to Google and ahead of Yahoo in relevance, big improvements in mobile and local (maps) search, and …

Just spent the day at SVC, the Silicon Valley Campus of Microsoft in Mountain View, California.  Since there is an embargo until 9pm pdt tonite, I can’t give you any details just yet, and will actually be on an airplane, so we’ll be rolling out our Live Search …

Learning something new is great, which is why I thought Steve Clayton’s post today deserved a mention. In it Steve quotes a member of the Microsoft Research team, who explains how the panoramic stitching feature in Windows Live Photo Gallery is similar to PhotoSynth, and more importantly, the …

After the January Effect we spoke about some months back, all has been quiet on the MSN hompeage front for a while now. Today MSN launched a new homepage design for the UK portal. Featuring a new header with a London Eye logo, it is very similar in …

On Wednesday, I’ll be at “Searchification” where Microsoft will be presenting their improvements to Live Search, some of which we’ve already seen.  While even the likes of Mini Msft seemed to be pretty impressed by what they saw at the company meeting, the sobering fact is …

Andrea Jessee, a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft Research Machine Translation Group, has somewhat belatedly but thoroughly posted on the Windows Live Translator beta.

Andrea highlights some of the features of the “Bi-Lingual Viewer” which didn’t get much press when a number of sites stumbled upon the Translator …

A number of changes to MSN Soapbox just occured, most notably that Soapbox is no longer a stand-alone site, but has become a tab at http://next.video.msn.com.

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The old url for Soapbox, Soapbox.msn.com, now resolves to show the “Soapbox User Videos” tab.

In addition, according to Brandon LeBlanc

Users for years have been lamenting the fact that Hotmail was only available as an http protocol, and did not offer POP access.  Well that’s now changed for Hotmail Plus users, and plans are in the works for making POP access available to all Hotmail users for …

On last Wednesday night, Akram Hussein, a Windows Live Platform Program Manager, went home and was surfing the internet when he came across a new version of Live Search.  He checked to make sure he wasn’t on the Microsoft intranet, and then took some screenshots and posted …

Last week I posted about my interview with Angus Logan and Danny Thorpe and included the whole interview in the blog post by using Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live. But just what did I need to do to get that all working? Here I will show you.…

Apparently Microsoft can’t wait to get the new Live Search up and running before next week’s Searchification event, as the new look (and better results) search is beginning to show up in the wild.

Akram Hussein, Program Manager – Windows Live Platform,  who was at the company …

Beta is the new passé, and dogfood is where its at. Calendar and now WebMessenger are now both in dogfoods that are running on external urls (you have to be signed up to the internal dogfoods in order to load the products – ie you need to …

sideguide

Recently Microsoft silently launched MSN Sideguide, a new sidebar that “enhances your browsing experience with useful and relevant information as you surf”. The sidebar can be docked at either side of the screen (multi-monitor users are out of luck – it is always on primary screen – …

Today, for the first time, we broke the 5k barrier on our little Feedburner counter:

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Now this may not seem like a big thing, but hey we’re geeks, and we’ve been watching the numbers!  We’ve been flirting with 5,000 for the past couple of weeks, and we finally …

Microsoft is set to announce the next chapter in their partnership with Sprint tomorrow.  Customers will be able to use Windows Live Search to perform location based searches, utilizing the built in GPS capabilities of Sprint phones.  I can see this as being really useful since I already …

Last week we told you about some changes coming to Live Search, including a new look.  Well as of tonite it’s live (you may have to set the live.com home page to “search only” if you have it personalized)

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Also included on the new look page are …

The weekly domain name posts from ResourceShelf have become a useful source of information for Microsoft and Google bloggers. This week is no exception, with Windows Live Skydrive having almost 20 domains registered or transferred to Microsoft servers in the last 7 days. If Microsoft hadn’t already told us …

So there is a lot of talk going on about the EU anti-competive ruling today that upholds almost the entirity of the previous EU ruling. Here’s my three point summary why this ruling has been good already for Windows Live and its users:

  • Windows Live has to increase market