May, 2008

Live Search Club, where you play games to win prizes by using Live Search (and in the process gaming Live Search’s share numbers), has recently updated to a new clean look:

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While the market share analysts may not approve, Live Search Club has proven popular …

Besides in English, Office Live Workspace (Beta) has also been made available in French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Support for more languages will be added later this year. So how does this affect sharing and collaborating with users in other languages? Oli Messenger of the Workspace Team

The Windows Live Services for Nokia has just been made available in 7 new countries. It already was available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, UK …

The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose …

Surely on a cruise from Holland America Cruise Lines you’ll have a good time. But how to pass that on to family and friends? The Seattle Times just posted an article letting us know Microsoft will be offering digital media workshops on these ships.

From a press release

The first content announcements for PDC 2008 have just been made, with Ray Ozzie unsurprisingly keynoting this event. Running from 27-30 October in LA, PDC provides a whole range of developer sessions and announcements.

Although the various sessions are still somewhat vague, I picked out the following:

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If you’re a developer and interested in working with some cool technologies at a BBC hack day, then check out Mashed 08. Being held in London at the Alexandra Palace on June 21-22, this is the BBC’s very own “Hack Day“, allowing developers to get …

The Windows Live Agents blog posted a couple of weeks back that a new version of the Platform and SDK was coming soon, and that day is seemingly upon us. In a blog entry that has just gone up on the WLA blog, the new SDK has

What happens when you take the man in charge of the world’s most-used operating system and ask him to talk about the future? Not a lot when that man is Steven Sinofsky.

Ina Fried from Cnet today posted an interview she did with Sinofsky, asking him about Windows …

I was very proud to announce and show for the first time in public Microsoft’s upcoming Virtual Earth control for Visual Studio 2008 as part of the Windows Live session at Australia’s remix event. Remix Australia was held last week in Sydney and Melbourne and brought together 700 …

In a memo posted this morning on the Live Search blog by Senior Vice President Search, Portal and Advertising Satya Nadella, both Live Search Books and Live Search Academic will be shut down next week.

Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books

I’ve been getting a little more familiar with the little video camera I picked up a few weeks ago. Today at the Advance08 advertisers summit at Microsoft in Redmond, as part of the keynote with Bill Gates and Satya Nadella, Satya showed off Farecast, a recent acquistion that …

Skydrive received new updates today. It’s now available in 62 countries and regions, with 24 new ones added today: Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Serbia, Indonesia, and Malaysia.…

Last week, in a memo to employees, Microsoft President Kevin Johnson outlined plans for Microsoft’s continued push into the online services business:

We have been executing against the core strategy I first presented at our Financial Analyst Meeting in July 2007 to go after the growing opportunity

Live Search CashBack, at least one of the big announcements slated for tomorrow’s (Seattle time) Advance08 advertisers conference, is up and running now, at least for the moment.  Apparently not having learned from the multiple early sightings of the new Live.com page, the Live Search team seems …

Today, at Advance08, Microsoft unveiled a new brand name, Microsoft Advertising, and a new logo, which amazingly enough seems to fit into an overall scheme of recent logos.  Take a look at these:

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live mesh

silverlight

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(there are more, thanks to VasiS for noticing in the comments)

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msadvertising I’m sitting here at Advance08, at Microsoft in Redmond, where Senior Vice President for Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Brian McAndrews made a couple of announcements today.  In addition to announcing the rebranding of Microsoft’s various advertising services to “Microsoft Advertising”, McAndrews announced the availability for marketers to be …

A new Windows Live Mobile homepage has just been launched into beta over at http://mhome.live.com. Thought its just the first milestone, the new page features several nifty features. These include:

  • The “What’s new” summary, showing recent updates made by your friends
  • Ability to query Live Search direct

In April, Microsoft acquired the award-winning travel web site Farecast. Today the new site launched! Live Search Farecast helps you find the lowest airfares by predicting when is the best time to buy, so you can time your purchase for the greatest discount.

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The search will provide you …

Live Mesh has received a Service update which fixes several bugs, you will be notified to update automatically. Most notable one, for most anyway are the language ones:

· Fixed date format and removed region requirement. You still need to set your OS language to English.

That means …