February, 2008

After Yahoo’s response to the Microsoft board earlier in the day, Microsoft has now responded back to Yahoo, re-iterating its committment to the original offer of $31. You can catch the press release over on Yahoo Business, ironically its

msndirect Quite a bit of Microsoft news coming out of the Mobile World Congress 2008, held in Barcelona, Spain.  The most recent news is a free Technology Preview of MSN Direct, the technology behind Spot watches and MSN Direct radios …

After yesterday’s story that the Yahoo board were going to make a decision on the Microsoft offer, today’s story in the WSJ is that the Yahoo board want more money. Unsurprising this isn’t, however the price being discussed of $40 …

Last time we took a look at Search, let us take a look at Mail now.

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Looking at the above, the rankings are:
1. Yahoo! – Yahoo! Mail
2. Microsoft – Windows Live Hotmail
3. Google – Gmail

In this …

The latest search market share numbers for January show a slight decline for MSN/Live Search, a nosedive for Yahoo!, and more steady increases for Google, according to an entry in the Compete.com blog.

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We compared Compete, Nielsen, and

Gatineau, the code name for the web analytics beta run as a tab in Microsoft adCenter, will soon be available outside the US, in the UK, France, and Canada.

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The service features fancy graphics, integrated demographics data for web …

Michael Arrington at TechCrunch is reporting that Yahoo! is holding a special board of directors meeting "to determine, effectively, the fate of the company". No one has stepped up to save Yahoo! from Microsoft, according to Arrington, with SoftBank bowing …

The use of Windows Live Messenger IM Control is getting more and more popular. Angus Logan just posted on his blog that the Dutch Microsoft ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) Team is putting it to good use. ALM describes methods to …

Lots of talk about the Microsoft proposal to Yahoo. Google has made an offer to Yahoo! now too. Looks like the battle over Yahoo! and it’s services has begun. Let us take a look at Search.

Search – December 2007

Microsoft continues to invest in Virtual Earth, especially in the area of 3D, announcing yesterday it has acquired Caligari, makers of trueSpace, a 3D modeling program.  Last December, Microsoft also acquired MultiMap, a London based mapping service, and in …

Yesterday two partnership announcements appeared concerning MSN Video, one with MTV Networks and one with Sony BMG. They are European deals, but who says it won’t expanded in the future? MSN Video is currently available in over 23 countries. On …

Virtual Earth/Live Maps doesn’t have the user base that Google Maps does, but it is continually advancing the platform, adding terabytes of data, and signing up new customers.  Today, for example, Virtual Earth signed up two significant new customers, …

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Microsoft’s blockbuster announcement (including me), but sometimes it’s difficult to sort through all the opinion to get at the facts.  Here’s a list of factual information, so far:

Looks like the dns change has taken place, and you can now access LiveSide on your mobile device (using MoFuse, which takes our Feedburner rss feed and prepares it for your phone).  Now available at http://m.liveside.net

And of course …

Certainly there are some gems specific to Windows Live in the thought of a Yahoo! acquisition; Flickr, of course (and some Flickr users are none too happy about that), and the sheer numbers of eyeballs a combination of Mail …

yahoo The Microsoft-Yahoo! deal, when and if it is finalized, will bring on many changes to branding across offerings from both companies.  Some have speculated on the end of Windows Live, replacing it with the Yahoo! brand, but I don’t think …

Our friend Sunshine, a LiveSide member, posted about a new blog promoting Windows Live in Europe.  From her blog post:

Ever wanted to be kept more up to date with all things happening related to MSN and Windows Live in

livesidemofuse One thing Community Server (or Windows Live) decidedly does not provide is any kind of usable mobile solution.  Our pal Nick Brown set us up a mobile page, and it works for what it is, a quick look at the …

While we catch up on our reading about the latest acquisition news, we put up a little poll for you to let us know what you think about the announcement that Microsoft has made a 44.6 Billion dollar offer to …

y3 This news is hitting the internet pretty rapidly. Microsoft have offered to buy Yahoo! for $44.6 billion! This move is to try and bolster Microsoft’s position in the online services market in its continuing battle with Google. In some aspects, …