January, 2008

To celebrate attaining 6,000 RSS readers (it changes everyday, but we’ve been steadily climbing over the past months), today we’re introducing a new page on LiveSide, the LiveSide Blog Sampler.  We read a lot of blogs in order to keep up with the latest Windows Live news, …

ozzie If  you took the time to check out our feed sampler you may have already noticed the news that Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect at Microsoft and the successor to Bill Gates when he steps down from daily duties this July, has been added as a speaker at …

Data portability is an idea long championed, and becoming more important all the time.  As we continue to load our online lives on to various social networking sites, the concept of making it easy to get that information back off again, and re-using the information on the next …

Microsoft will become the exclusive third-party ad provider for the Wall Street Journal network of sites, including The Wall Street Journal Online, Barrons.com, MarketWatch.com, AllThingsD.com and others.  From the press release:

“This deal is a significant win for Microsoft for two key reasons. First, it makes the

Our good friend PicturePan2 has been working hard on a new project, a new Windows Live Community in China.  I asked him to write up a post on it, in English:

Hello everyone, I am Picturepan2 from LiveSino, also the LiveSide Representative to China. After weeks of work

Its been almost a year since we first mentioned Windows Live Core, the project lead by Ray Ozzie to establish Microsoft’s software as a service platform and not much has been said since then. Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged its existance, despite the various exec bios and other documents mentioning the …

Microsoft just announced its financial results for the last quarter, with record figures being given for the company as a whole. Overall its 30% revenue growth that’s the big gain, giving record second quarter results and this coming straight after an equally impressive first quarter. While …

In a recent post Angus Logan Click to IM Angus Logan talks about adding someone else’s online presence as a link in a blog entry when you’re referring to them (it’s worth making a note how he gets the CID, as his example uses LiveSide and our IM Presence integration). He spoke to …

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OK, it’s formally called the Live Search Maps gadget, but that’s a mouthful so most people simply call it the "traffic gadget". The traffic gadget was taken off the market for a few months for "security reasons" (not unlike like the Tylenol scare back in the 80’s). In …

Our friend Long Zheng, at istartedsomething, received an interesting and long comment on his Windows 7 post yesterday.  While of course we can’t confirm that MSBob actually is an insider, what he says from what we can tell is factual, including some interesting comments on Windows Live:…

Word is filtering out this morning that Microsoft, along with recent additions Google, Facebook, and Plaxo, will be joining the DataPortability.Org working group, represented by Windows Live Platform Corporate Vice President David Treadwell.  DataPortability.Org seeks to allow data sharing between different applications, as stated in their Philosoply …

Right now everyone is getting excited over the apparent distribution of early Windows 7 builds to external Microsoft partners. One poster over at Neowin is claiming to have installed the build and while unsurprisingly its difficult to verify this, judging from his info it could be true. He …

Nielsen/Netratings just released its search share numbers for December 07, completing a year’s worth of search numbers from each of the three companies that report them; Compete, Nielsen/Netratings, and Hitwise.  So what can we learn from all of the numbers?  Well mostly that tracking search …

Fortune Magazine’s blog post "The hard side of Mr. Softie", where some old school strong arm tactics are ascribed to Microsoft in trying to get startup  Web 2.0 companies to use Windows Live Messenger is interesting in a couple of ways.  Dare Obasanjo (and some commenters …

According to Henry Blodget at Silicon Alley Insider, he’s hearing more rumors that Microsoft is poised to buy Limelight Networks, a CDN (content delivery network) from which Microsoft recently licensed technology, apparently to build their own CDN.  According to Blodget:

Microsoft has recently settled

You can tell how close a conference is getting by how frequent the talk about “swag” is. CES and Gizmodogate – done. Some other trade show happening this week that nobody everybody is talking about – done. Next up on our radar is Mix08, running between 5th-7th March, …

As this affects (potentially) all aspects of development on the Microsoft .Net platform, whether it be adding plugings to Windows Live Writer, writing your own websites incorporating many of the Windows Live API’s that have been published or maybe writing something that has absolutely nothing to do with …

Our friend Dev Parikh of Hack MSN Spaces (congrats on the MVP award, Dev, well deserved!), along with Little Fish Big Pond, have put together a nice set of backgrounds for individual blog posts that you can download, add in the html, and customize your Spaces on …

The latest search share numbers are in from Compete.com, showing no significant changes, although Live Search is trending slightly upward, and actually showed some gains in volume of searches.

MSN/Live continued the good fight in December and actually outpaced Google with respect to percentage gains in volume.

Angus Logan, the Senior Technical Product Manager for Windows Live Platform, last year sent out some 30,000 emails.  If our inbox is any indication, he’s looking to beat that record by a large margin this year.  However, and especially since he’s known to Wired Magazine as …