2008

There has been some housecleaning done the last 2 months with some of the Virtual Earth road network data. 

  • Global vector data updates.
  • Multi-lingual tile sets for all zoom levels (French, Italian, German, Spanish).
  • Japan localized tile sets.
  • All oblique (Bird’s Eye) photography reprocessed with new road labels

The latest Compete.com numbers came out just before Christmas (Dec 23, for November), and while much of it is more of the same, a couple of interesting items caught our eye.  It’s a little hard to get a gauge on any trends, as Compete changed some methodology in …

Issues have been reported about push Hotmail not working consistently and after quite a bit of investigation the team has now found the cause and provides tips to get the correct push-email behaviour whilst they are working hard on the fix (server side). These issues only occur if …

So you’ve visited Santa’s Village, and starting midnight tonight he’ll begin his journey around the world. He has to deliver all those presents now doesn’t he? Where, when? Can we see him? Yes we can, head on over to MSNBC!

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Just found a mention of this video on an Paul Hand’s msdn blog, a nice video animation about Microsoft’s plans with container data centers.

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Fun to watch, although I don’t think there have been any plans announced to build a container data center at 3rd and Atlantic …

An admission right off the bat: I’m not a Toolbar user.  I guess I’m partial to as much browser real estate as I can get, but I don’t generally install any toolbars, from Windows Live or anywhere else.  That being said, if you have the Windows Live Toolbar …

When I found that I couldn’t open previous projects, I headed over to the Deep Zoom Composer Forum to let the team know of this problem. Kirupa was quick to respond to me and I’ve sent him one of the non-opening .dzprj files for investigation, as …

msnvnextlogo Over at MSN UK Entertainment, they are trialing the new MSN v13 UI, complete with Silverlight enhancements. The test site at http://entertainment.next.uk.msn.com/ follows on from the testing of a Silverlight homepage design, http://viewer.uk.msn.com/.

As Peter Bale, Executive Producer for MSN UK mentions when discussing the trial, …

After thousands of comments and negative feedback about changes made last month to Hotmail, and after “reviewing how users at various monitor sizes and resolutions were using our product”, Windows Live Wire is reporting that the Hotmail has updated the new Hotmail to scroll like the old one …

This evening our friend PicturePan2 IMed me to say that WebMessenger was live on Hotmail.  I checked my main Hotmail account and indeed there it was.  We checked it out a bit, and I put up a quick post on it, noting that Web Messenger had “appeared and …

Although Windows Live Wire posted on the scrolling option update today, it looks like Hotmail has snuck in a few more bits along the way.  The most noticeable difference is the inclusion of Web Messenger, now built in to Hotmail:

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Now you can open a conversation window with …

Many of you will have several WLIDs, and want to sign into Messenger with more than one of them. Until now you had to seek refuge in a patch or add-on to be able to do so. Not anymore! Microsoft’s John Weisenfeld just shared a little trick with …

Santa lives on the North Pole, but have you ever seen his Village? It is way too far and way too cold to travel to the North pole and then you’d have to find the village, which is very well hidden! But not for Chris Pendleton, he …

Seems like every time we turn around now someone is turning over rocks looking for news about Live Search, a potential rebrand, and what it all may mean.  Just today, TechFlash is reporting on the departure of Brad Goldberg, General Manager of Live Search, to be replaced by …

There isn’t going to be an update for the Live Mesh Windows Client this year. After it got delayed, we saw a maintenance notice, which made me think that maybe after that we’d see the promised Client update for Windows.

However the following update appeared on …

After rolling out a new version of Hotmail only to be deluged with complaints ranging from the somewhat petty (I want the old version back!) to the pretty serious (my folders are gone!), and having to wade through hundreds thousands of comments on the Windows Live Wire and …

Our eagle-eye reporter Sunshine was on top of the Essentials beta update, and so we’ve had a few minutes to take a look around.  As reader Deathseeker noted in a comment to Sunshine’s post, there’s now quite a list of peripherals installed with the Essentials beta:

Windows Imaging

I know we told you the Windows Live Essentials would be released last week, it really was planned like that, but sometimes things just don’t work out as planned. You had to wait a little longer, but now it’s finally here! Now you can complete the Windows …

The current (high performance) Photosynth viewing experience uses a technology called Direct 3D, and makes sophisticated use of the graphics hardware on your computer. This approach has its advantages and disadvantages. If you have a recent Windows PC with up to date graphics drivers you’ll have a great …

There already was PhotoZoom from mslivelabs (upload photos one by one or from an RSS or Atom feed) to create DeepZoom albums. Now Flickr and SmugMug users get their own easy way to create Silverlight DeepZoom albums. Felix Wang created introduces Mooncake, which was created specifically for …