April, 2008

Yesterday’s flurry of activity on the MSFT-YHOO front had so many plot turns that my head is still spinning, but at the end of the day, analysts are still leaning in favor of a MSFT-YHOO deal.  We could breathlessly …

The New York Times is breaking the news that a new feature for Live Search Maps, called Clearflow, will be announced later today, and the Virtual Earth / Live Maps blog has confirmation.  According to the Times:

The Clearflow system

Chris Pendleton let’s us know about a new site for Virtual Earth’s Bird Eye. Virtual Bird’s Eye – A virtual bird’s eye view of the world – Mapping the News, Interesting Places, Current Events and Unique Attractions.

Virtual Bird’s

Paul Thurrott got word from Microsoft that Windows Live OneCare for Server has gone into private beta:

Last month, Microsoft highlighted its Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Live OneCare for Server, upcoming solutions aimed at providing increased security

There’s an update available for Windows Live Writer. This update, KB 951125, fixes the following 4 problems:

An error occurs when you publish a post that contains images to Blogger:
Because of a change in the Picasa image-hosting

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Much has been made recently about last night’s …

A few days ago we found the logo for Live Mesh, today our friends over at LiveSino found a new logo for the long-delayed Windows Live Groups. Here’s what it looks like:

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It seems like Microsoft has changed the …

With all the talk about Microsoft’s attempted acquisition of Yahoo!, and with a little help from Nielsen Online, we thought we’d make a quick comparison of some of the main features of both services.  I asked Nielsen if they …

Jason Landridge posted today that a link is available for the first time from Microsoft if you want to install Windows Live for Windows Mobile (known also as “G2”),  on your Windows Mobile 6 device.

Up until now, it depended …

In response to a letter to the Yahoo! Board of Directors on Saturday, Jerry Yang and the Board responded this morning with a letter of their own, again rejecting the Microsoft offer as too low, although stating publicly for …

When we introduced you to Windows Live Core (now Windows Live Platform Services) just over a year ago, we mentioned James Hamilton and his work on commoditizing server installations, in particular by using containers.  Well here we are a year …

Mary-Jo Foley spotted that Microsoft are set to give a Live Mesh demo presentation during the O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo conference at the end of April. Running from April 22nd-24th, Amit Mital the “General Manager of Live Mesh” is leading …

Compete.com released their version of March US search market share numbers on Friday, showing a surprising surge for Live Search, up nearly 4 percentage points from February (a notoriously slow, and short, month), and up .7% year over year.  …

Where there’s smoke, there’s bound to be fire, and yesterday’s leaked warning shots across Jerry Yang’s bow resulted in a letter today from Steve Ballmer to Yahoo!, saying in effect: take the offer we have on the table, …

MediaWeek is reporting on the unveiling of “an ambitious slate of original programming created for its multiple web platforms, including the MSN portal, MSNBC.com and Xbox Live” before a group of ad agency and marketing types at a Digital Showcase …

As most will know by now, Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web, an Adobe Flash competitor. Mary Jo Foley discovered a Microsoft

We just can’t get enough of Ray Ozzie’s latest project Live Mesh, so much so that when we saw what could be the current logo on the dogfood mobile login page, we just had to share. It reminds …

OneCare OneCare, the anti-virus/tune-up/back-up all in one program, has just opened up a public beta of version 2.5 (current released version is 2.0.2500.22, on my machine, anyway).  Anyone can go to Microsoft Connect and sign up and try the new beta, …

image In what can only be described as a bizarre and non-sensical decision, Microsoft has decided to pull the plug on Windows Live Writer. Our insider sources tell us that because of the long delay between builds for the final release …

Last week saw the public beta launch of Windows Search 4.0. While it brought several welcome improvements for consumers to the standard Windows Vista search, namely speed and better searching of remote computers, I can’t help get the feeling …