November, 2007

Posted on the Live Wire blog earlier today, news of some new additions to the @live.xx family.  If you live in these areas, you can sign up for a country specific @live address now, by going to get.live.com/mail/overview

  • India: You can now get @live.in e-mail addresses, in addition

Thanks to Josh at Windows Connected for pointing out a new download now available that adds in menu options to be able to open and save documents directly to Office Live Workspaces when it becomes available.  From the download details:

The Office Live Add-in will install new

Well it didn’t take long for information to start appearing about the Messenger 9 Beta – a poster over on the WinBeta Forums has posted a welcome email and some screenshots.  According to the post, the email says, in part:

Congratulations and welcome to the Windows Live Messenger

Following the launch of Windows Live Wave 2 earlier this month, its unsurprising to hear that Microsoft is gearing up for a large advertising campaign to push the new suite of services. With Windows Live aiming to be the Software and Services extension to Windows on the internet, the …

Some seemingly non-news coming out of the Wall Street Journal tonight, saying that Google is readying their online storage product, commonly referred to as GDrive. The Journal doesn’t offer any really new information, saying only in the publicly accessible copy:

Google is preparing a service that would let

Today, Microsoft Netherlands released Invite2Messenger which allows new Windows Live Messenger users to send out invitations to their contacts from Hotmail, Outlook, Outlook Express, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail. Existing Messenger users can also use the website if they have a lot of contacts which aren’t yet added to …

In the latest Compete traffic rankings for video services released today, MSN Video shows a marked improvement in October compared to September. Visits were up 25.3% to 35m, giving it almost 9% of the video market in 2nd place. In comparison YouTube/Google has almost 54%, with Yahoo coming …

Conspicuously missing from all the wave 2 upgrades and marketing for the new look Windows Live has been Live.com, the one time personalized home page of the future.  Once the golden child of Windows Live, touted as the future of the home page, then mired in …

If the internet were a battleground, then datacenters would be the nuclear missile silos. (I guess that also makes developers the cannonfodder!) According to Russian news site CNews, Microsoft has announced plans to build its first Russian datacenter in Irkutsk, Siberia. While a stable power supply and good …

Kevin over at http://dev.live.com has posted about a slight tweak that’s needed for using the Windows Live Tools with the recently released Visual Studio 2008.

Known Issue: When using the current Windows Live Tools release with the Visual Studio 2008 final release,  you will need to make changes

So we took down the Messenger v9 post which we just made. If you missed it, it contained the feature list for the build which was made available to some testers earlier today, after the invites were sent out last night. As the list was posted elsewhere …

No sooner has the Windows Live Wave 2 suite been released than the first Wave 3 beta begins – Windows Live Messenger v9. Unlike the betas that have just finished, the Messenger v9 beta is being run from Microsoft Connect as a private beta, meaning that, for the …

In recent weeks those using FolderShare have had much to complain about. The service has been down more than its been up, and a quick look at FolderShare newsgroup shows that for a service such as this, 99.9% uptime is the minimum that is demanded. Relief may be at hand …

We just wrote about the Windows Live services we use here at LiveSide, and Windows Live is starting to make a concerted push for organizations to make use of the same services.  Harvey Sanchez, the Online Strategy Lead for Microsoft Australia, points in a blog post to a …

Andy from Messenger Stuff noticed that the Windows Live WebMessenger dogfood signin page has been updated, and now features a different screenshot of the service. The new webmessenger service started external testing back in September, but since then things have been quiet. Maybe this is a sign that a …

Microsoft announced in a press release on Wednessday night the release of OneCare 2.0, the latest version of the Anti-Virus/backup/computer maintenance offering from Windows Live.  Only now it’s Thursday night and http://onecare.live.com is still offering up version 1.6.  Clearly something has happened, but whether its just some miscommunication …

Today marks the launch of Windows Live OneCare 2.0, Microsoft’s 2nd revision of its all-in-one home computer management offering, combining anti-virus, firewall, spyware protection and backup software all into the same application.

So what’s new in this version?  According to a new OneCare 2.0 Reviewer’s Guide, quite a bit:

Security and

Looks like OneCare 2.0 could be going gold very soon. As well as it showing up on Amazon.com with a retail release date of next week, an email sent to OneCare users tonight suggests that a web release will be even sooner than that. On top of that, the OneCare

Microsoft is apparently following up on plans to purchase French mobile music company MusiWave from OpenWave, for $46 million in cash and assuming another $4 million in debt, according to an AP story on Yahoo Finance, via David Hunter at Microsoft Tracker.

musiwave

Microsoft announced its intentions

As you may have noted, LiveSide recently added the Windows Live Translator tool (tell us what you think). 

LiveSide WL

We actually use quite a list of Windows Live products at LiveSide, some we’ve been using for quite a while. So here’s our list, along with some notes …