October, 2007

Update: Windows Live Calendar beta has now launched. Check it out at http://calendar.live.com or read our first review.

We haven’t talked about Windows Live Calendar for a while now, in fact our last post was about the start of the internal dogfood. Now we’re bringing good news – the …

image Back when I wrote about adding a Silverlight Streaming app to your blog, I showed you how to add the Silverlight app to your SLS account at http://silverlight.live.com/. Well, now there is an addon for Expression Encoder (thanks Angus) that will allow you to upload …

Been a lot going on with Windows Live in the past few weeks, with Events, and new Live Search and Maps features, Linked IDs, and Gallery.  Unfortunately when we’re scrambling to keep up with the big stories (not that we’re complaining, bring it on!), some other interesting stuff …

In a presentation to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s IEEE Student Branch yesterday, Microsoft employee and Georgia Tech (edit: graduate former student – Jenks went to work for MS before graduating) Andrew Jenks had some surprises in store. “It wasn’t originally planned to be announced yesterday, but when …

If you’re in the UK and interested in developing using the Windows Live Platform, then Microsoft are going to be hosting a developer event next Tuesday (6th November) at their Reading HQ.

From the event page:

Overview:

Windows Live defines a set of services and components

We’ve received some tips and comments about the Live Search Traffic gadget for Vista being removed from Windows Live Gallery when it updated last week, and indeed it is gone, along with the Live Search gadget.  In an email to Donavon West, who wrote both gadgets and also posts here …

While not strictly a Windows Live product, website analysis is an important tool that has been missing from Microsoft’s toolkit.  That changed today, as Microsoft’s new addition to its adCenter suite of advertiser and website owner tools, code named Gatineau, was released into beta.  Ian Thomas has a

Hmm I seem to have created a bit of a stir over at MSN Groups.  When I posted this week on the Spaces worldwide numbers, I mentioned Windows Live Groups, and it was picked up at Managers Helping Managers, an MSN Group for Group managers.  They’re concerned …

Live Search Maps Program Manager Steve Lombardi posted yesterday on 10 cool new features of the new “Gemini” release – we’ve covered some of them here at LiveSide in varying degrees, but there are at least a couple of new ones worth noting.

From KML support, to a …

Today sees the update of Windows Live Gallery, the online site where users can personalise their Windows Live experience. From a user’s perspective the update adds the new Wave 2 UI, as well as a new area showcasing gadgets for Windows Live Events, not surprising given that …

Microsoft SharedView, while not technically a Windows Live program, is available on www.get.live.com under “more betas”, and it seems to be falling in the cracks between Office and Windows Live.

SharedView allows you to collaborate on documents etc with up to 15 people in real time, while communicating …

Hot on the heels of today’s Microsoft buys a share of Facebook announcement comes some speculation from Search Engine Land, that Live Search may soon make an appearance inside of Facebook.  The speculation, from Greg Sterling:

During this afternoon’s Microsoft-Facebook conference call the question was asked whether

Wrox is about to release a book by Jon Arking titled “Professional Windows Live Programming”. As a Microsoft MVP, I was fortunate to get a pre-release copy.

The book does a good job highlighting the many services that makeup Windows Live, including:

One thing the LiveSide Stickers Around the World project really brought home, for someone who lives and breaths a US-centric life, was how much goes on in the world that is not neccesarily happening in the US.  I watched Robert Scoble whiteboard the Techmeme phenomenon recently, and noted …

We got our first glimpse of Virtual Earth 3D Tours at Searchification, but it wasn’t much more that a glimpse, and when it went public we were scrambling a bit to get it figured out and get a post up all at the same time. Well since then …

An announcement coming at CTIA in San Francisco this week will unveil plans to offer the ability to sign up for a Windows Live ID from your phone, simply and securely.  Why is this important?  This from Phil Holden from Windows Mobile:

We think this is an

There was a comment left on my most recent plugin guide:

“I would love to see a guide on how to code Plugins for Writer.  That would be really cool :D”

Well, that guide already exists and were some of my first posts on LiveSide, so I thought …

Thanks to Mess.be for spotting this – a Knowledge Base article on what to do if you can’t get Windows Live apps to install.  The article lists the most common problems:

•The system does not meet the minimum requirements for the Windows Live service.•You are trying to

Microsoft Live Labs have recently released their latest technology preview, Microsoft Live Labs Listas, a web-based application tool for the creation, management and sharing of lists, notes, favorites, and other such stuff. Listas provides you with a WYSIWYG which allows you to quickly and easily create/edit lists and share them with

In a few of my plugins, I often find myself using System.Net.HttpWebRequest to get some data from a website, whether from a service or to access a specific part of a website. This is all very well and good, but what happens if you’re trying to use Windows …