June, 2008

Office Live Small Business, the beta for small businesses to establish an online presence with a free website, domain name, and 100 email addresses, has reached 1 million subscribers, according to a Microsoft press release.  Currently up and running in 5 languages/locales (US, UK, France, Germany, …

A Google Maps Street View car was spotted on the Microsoft campus the other day, according to a post over on Gizmodo.  Apparently the “GooCar”, as Gizmodo calls it, got a little too close to Building 116, where Live Maps resides:

the Google guys were driving around the

A new version of FolderShare for Windows (there’s a Mac client available too, but that apparently hasn’t been updated as of yet) is now available.  From the FolderShare team blog:

There’s a new version of FolderShare for Windows available today that includes several updates designed to improve

Today is Bill Gates’ last full day at Microsoft, as he transitions from Microsoft to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  I’ve had a good time this past week or so watching some of the retrospectives, and thinking about how Bill Gates and Microsoft have changed my life, …

Today Microsoft has launched an updated version of the Windows Mobile homepage over on Microsoft.com, powered by Silverlight. While not big news in itself, this launch is part of Microsoft’s new project to better promote its consumer offerings, which under the old codename was referred to as FTP168. …

MobiComp Microsoft has just announced that it plans to acquire MobiComp.  MobiComp is, according to the press release:

…a company that helped pioneer technologies allowing the backup and restoration of mobile data and mobile posting of social content to Web sites such as Facebook. The acquisition would combine

Another big data update over at Virtual Earth, over 20 TB, including Microsoft UltraCam images of Iowa City in drier times:

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(a more recent picture from the Des Moines Register, below)…

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…and other non-Ultra-cam imagery of lots of areas of France, some parts of Scotland and …

Apologies for the downtime, we’ve been down the last 17 hours or so, due to problems at our webhost.  Pretty frustrating, really, and we’re exploring our options (know a good web host? – leave a comment).  Glad to be back up, though.  Apparently the rumor mill was swirling

Emil Protalinski just caught the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 update to Silverlight Streaming, which also effects the PhotoZoom service.

For those of you who haven’t tried PhotoZoom yet, the service allows you to implement the Silverlight DeepZoom technology on your own photos, via a web UI – Microsoft …

As this is the week that Bill Gates retires from his day to day duties at Microsoft, there’s a whole bunch of coverage out there looking at his impact over the last few decades and how he’s shaped the digital era (more on that in another post). In …

Microsoft has been having some good success with the (US only) i’m Initiative, having raised $1.5 million for charities, and at the same time pushing new downloads of Windows Live Messenger (and more recently, Hotmail sign-ups):

New customer acquisition: More than 20 million downloads of Windows

Last month we noted that the BBC and Microsoft will be running a UK Developer event taking place on June 21-22nd. Well, that time is upon us and I will be heading up to London tonight ready for it tomorrow as I will be co-hosting a “bean bag” …

At the Cannes International Advertising Festival today, Microsoft has announced it plans to extend the new Live Search Cashback program to the UK.

Launched at the Advance08 advertising summit held in Redmond, Live Search Cashback has been in testing during the past month in only the US market. …

Thanks to LiveSide member derviskemal for noticing that the Live Maps header has changed.  Here’s the new look:

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…and what we were seeing up until a few days ago:

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Much more in keeping with the overall new look of Live Search.  We wrote earlier about inconsistencies across Live

meshupdate Steve Clayton rightly points out that Live Mesh got an update during the night, which I’ve seen on my three PCs that are in my own Mesh. At the moment there is no official changelog of what’s been updated, but one thing I have noticed is that if …

As I was trying to browse to Windows Live Help Community today, what turned up was not what I expected – Microsoft had silently removed the service and the link now redirects to Windows Live Help. This is the latest Windows Live/Live Search services being dropped. And Like …

We’ve had a LiveSide list of Windows Live services in a couple of forms up for quite some time now, but truthfully we haven’t been faithful in keeping it updated. This week, though, we’re rolling out an early version of our new and improved list.  You can check …

Microsoft today announced plans at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival to invest in Live Search in Europe. A new Search Technology Center will open sometime during the next twelve months in Europe. The location of the facility has yet to be determined. A smaller number of engineers …

This article gives a simple introduction to Silverlight Streaming that will allow you to turn your own video content into a Silverlight Streaming application ready for you to place on your website or blog using Silverlight Streaming plug-in for Expression Encoder to publish to your Silverlight Streaming account.…

Last year Microsoft announced that the existing VOIP partnership with Verizon would be terminating in 2008. Currently this service allows Windows Live Messenger users to call friends and family using regular landlines and mobile phones, but this functionality is set to expire over the next few months.…