May, 2008

After a couple of months of beta testing, the MSN Toolbar is ready for release.  We first told you about it in March, and while yes, it’s another toolbar, the new MSN Toolbar is different in a couple of …

With the recent update of Live Search for Mobile comes the ability to access collections on your mobile device.  The feature comes with a few preloaded collections, and you can search through items collected by others, but it becomes much …

In the latest twist on the Microsoft-Yahoo! soap opera, Microsoft issued a statement today, announcing that they were back in the game, but this time looking to make a deal for “an alternative that would involve a transaction with …

So many blogs, so little time. There are over 112 million blogs on the Internet! How do you keep up? You can take Live Spaces Vision for a spin! Yea really, a spin! Beware not to get dizzy while this …

Your personalized page has moved from Live.com, which is now Live Search Home page, to http://my.live.com

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You can still reach your personalized page from live.com, just click Personalized page at bottom right.

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The team wrote the following on

rainbowOur thoughts and prayers go out to victims of the recent earthquake in China, and MSN China is helping to remember those who suffered through the earthquake by remembering them with a Rainbow symbol in front of your nick:

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Live Search for Windows Mobile has just received an update, bringing out the features announced at CTIA last month. While it provides the standard mapping and local search that we’ve come to expect, it now adds the following:

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Today, billionaire investor Carl Icahn sent a letter to the Yahoo! Board of Directors, announcing his intentions to force Yahoo! to work out a deal with Microsoft.  He announced a slate of candidates who will be up for election …

moonlight icon In another “not quite Windows Live but still cool” post, Moonlight, an open source implementation of Microsoft Silverlight for Unix systems, is now available in both Silverlight v1.o and 2.0 builds.  Silverlight, while it still has a long way …

While this isn’t strictly a Windows Live service, it is still very cool stuff and we told you about it when it was first announced, and now the World Wide Telescope is live and available for download.

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At the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando, Florida today, Microsoft and Research in Motion (RIM) are announcing an agreement to provide, Windows Live services, including Hotmail and Messenger, on Blackberrys.  The enhancements will be available “this summer”.

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Hello fellow LiveSide readers, my name is John O’Brien. Its my second season as a Windows Live Developer/Platform MVP and I’m pleased to announce many new developer related articles in the works for your reading pleasure here at LiveSide. Today …

In this article I will show you how to use a combination of free tools and services to produce and host a high quality panorama. You will render this using Silverlight2 and display it geo-referenced on Virtual Earth. The combination …

In the past few days a number of reports came in that Windows Live Messenger was blocking the ability to send legitimate urls through Messenger, including most noticeably www.youtube.com.  While there was some sinister speculation as to the …

At Web 2.0 Expo, I was impressed by how open and talkative the Live Mesh guys were – of course that could have been because they’ve been locked away unable to talk for two years.  Well now they just won’t …

We thought we’d seen it all when it came to viral videos used by Microsoft to advertise new products. From the “Hot Male” series (pretty good) through to the MSN “No one wants to look dumb” series …

James Senior, a Microsoft UK blogger, has put up on his blog about an impending change to Live Maps in the UK. Don’t worry, we’re not going to see the farce that happened last time! The changes that will …

A new blog entry on the Live Search blog from Evan Malahy, Designer, Live Search describes the “guiding principles for this latest version of Live Search” as Simple and powerful. Human. Fast.  And maybe indeed, the new look lives …

While we don’t usually do these kind of late-night TV infomercials, this one should be of interest to a few of you. Amazon.com is currently running a $30 rebate on Windows Live OneCare 2.0, which means after rebate you get it …

Remember Messenger TV? We’ve told you about the French version before. On May 8th Messenger TV will be released to the following 20 countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, …