June, 2008

While we stopped writing about the day to day exploits of Microsoft and Yahoo! a bit ago, now that it appears to be coming to an end we can’t help but make a few observations.  When Microsoft first approached Yahoo! …

While none of the updates are in the “mind-blowing” category, three Live services have announce updates this week.  First up, Office Live:

We have good news

We have taken all of the findings and with the help of the

Just opened up my www.live.com home page to receive a nice surprise:

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… the less than awe-inspiring blue-gray of the home page has been replaced by a background picture.  This would seem to open up a number of opportunities for …

With all the news about Windows Live/Live Search products being dropped for good lately we almost forgot to add another one to the list  – one that never made it out of beta. After the first drop of Codename Orbit

At Apple’s annual WWDC event, held today, Steve Jobs announced a new software+services product: MobileMe. Offering to synchronise emails, contact, and calendar data, the new service seems just like Windows Live. Except cooler (check out the screenshots) and …

Bill Gates announced the availability of a new build of Silverlight at his TechEd keynote, and now the new version, Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is available for download. I won’t get into all the new features and improvements in the …

In case you can’t get enough of Microsoft videos, there’s now a dedicated site for them in testing: http://preview.microsoft.com/video/. Built using Silverlight, the new Microsoft Video website looks to be a great central point for finding and viewing official …

We talked about it at ReMIX Australia, Angus Logan got grilled over when it will be put into the hands of developers and now the release is set, the Virtual Earth ASP.NET control will be shipped in the Windows

Last fall, some of our sources hinted at an upcoming rebranding effort for Live Search, code named “Rome”.  That renaming effort, seemingly thwarted by all the buzz around Yahoo!, never took place (or at least hasn’t so far).  Yet talk …

As the 2nd part in our Windows Live Wave 3 series, we’re taking a look at the new header UI that Microsoft is working on. It was almost exactly a year ago that we started talking about the Wave

Danny Thorpe, “Architect of Disruption” has rejoined Microsoft after leaving last year to work with Cooliris.  Thorpe (who has his own Wikipedia page!) joined Microsoft in the Windows Live Platform team in April of 2006, working …

Over at dev.live.com they have announced the release of the Web Page Error Toolkit which “allows you to display custom error messages with search results that generated from relevant keywords.” From the Live Search dev blog:

For large web

Windows Live Expo, the Craigslist wannabe classified ads product,  is heading for what TechCrunch likes to call the “deadpool”. This follows closely on the heels of announcements shutting down Live Search Books and Academic.  A notice on the site …

Having released a public beta of Windows Search 4.0 back at the end of March, a final version has now been released today (thanks Brandon!). As we’ve talked about previously, this update for Windows (XP, Vista, Server and WHS) …

Some changes are beginning to pop with Live Search, up to including a possible new name and brand.  Yesterday at SMX Advanced, Online Services President Kevin Johnson talked to Danny Sullivan for Search Engine Watch about branding.  From the Associated

In my previous post, I mentioned that the Live Writer SDK had been updated as well as Live Writer itself. In this post I will show you how to build a couple of quick plugins that use the new …

After pestering Steve Clayton for the Live Mesh wallpaper featured in his recent Sky interview, Steve has now kindly put them online for all to download.

Unfortunately the maximum resolution is only 960×720, so for those of  you with …

Microsoft Advertising is about to begin a trial where “we insert ads into the video stream as overlays, and cut you in on the revenues”, according to Ian Thomas in a blog post today.  The trial will be initially …

On the Windows Live Writer Blog today, they announced the availability of the Windows Live Writer CTP. With this new build comes a lot of new features, which I will discuss in this blog post. So why is this a …

In a press release issued this morning, Microsoft has announced a deal with HP, “the world’s largest PC manufacturer”, to install a Silverlight powered Live Search toolbar on all new HP computers, and set the default search provider to Live …