July, 2008

Picturepan2 just tipped us that Live Mesh seems to be open and available if you have a US Live ID.  I just tried one of my backup accounts and got right in.  We don’t see any announcement from the Live …

We previously reported that Live Mesh Is Indeed Now Open. Well it is according to the Live Mesh Forum Announcement, but with a possible cap by the looks of it! We apparently created quite a stir in the

Today saw another Microsoft ad campaign being won by the agencies, this time for the Business Solutions unit, with $200m being the amount touted for winning the enterprise advertising. This is in addition to the $300m for the consumer …

On Saturday we got the Yahoo! spin on things, and now this morning Carl Icahn fires back, in an open letter to Yahoo! shareholders.  I mentioned the heavy amount of spin in the Yahoo! press release, and Icahn noticed, too:…

Microsoft and Carl Icahn proposed a new offer to Yahoo! on Friday, and according to the Yahoo! press release (if you can believe Yahoo! press releases, and a college level course on “public relations spin” could be taught using only …

With yesterday’s Live Mesh update that allows users to enable peer-to-peer synchronisation and miss out the cloud sync, we thought we’d take a look at one practical example of this – browser favourites. The scenario is familiar, you’re not on …

Today is the release of the next major update for Live Mesh. Performance has been improved and new features added. As before this update will be completely automatic, but if you do not wish to wait for the new …

After our original post on MobileMe we came in for some criticism for our rather pro-Apple attitude. Our initial thoughts were that Apple had shown a compelling set of products, that showed some nice design touches and boasted strong integration …

OK if you to have to go out and buy a new iPhone, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with the latest Windows Live news and information, and in style.

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A few months ago we wanted to make it …

A lot of professional sites are now including a means of real time chat as part of their helpdesk sites. MSDN has their online concierge service, Dell has an online help, AT&T etc.  So how do you do this type …

Channel9 posted an interesting video looking behind the scenes at the Live Mesh peer-to-peer synch. Its 30mins long but if you’ve got the time to kill its worth watching. Some of the topics covered (in order) are:

  • The 5GB quota

With today being the iPhone 2.0 launch, there’s a lot of chat about the new Applications Store and Apple touting the 500 third party applications available initially. Ina Fried already questioned Microsoft about how this compares to Windows Mobile, with …

In case you missed it, Google released a new toy into beta today, called Lively.  In a nod to Software + Services, you download and install an app in Windows, and then log in to Lively.  Here’s a description …

Yet another Microsoft conference, yet more demos of unreleased technology. Today and tomorrows events is the Pro Photo Summit, which Kip, Brandon Le Blanc, Scoble and others are attending.

Scoble was streaming some of the footage from his …

First, of course, our apologies for another 18 hour outage.  Almost exactly two weeks ago, a problem at our web host involving a shared power supply to our server …

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of Virtual Earth? Curious what cameras are used and what happens after the pictures are taken? How do they end up on Live Maps? Wonder no more, Mark Brown started …

Today marks the end of the 2008 Imagine Cup.  The winners were just announced at an awards ceremony at the famous Musée du Louvre in Paris.  I am happy to report that Team SOAK, which includes our good …

The new MSN Toolbar which uses Silverlight (works with Silverlight 1.0 and Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2) that was released to the US market about a month ago  is going global. You can now download localized versions of the toolbar for …

Our friend Picturepan2, who runs LiveSino.net (which does a LOT more than just translate our posts into Chinese), got to adding up all the storage you get with Windows Live, inspired by a post by another LiveSide member, Jamie

We haven’t mentioned MSN for a while, mainly due to all the Microsoft-Yahoo talk that’s been going on. However a few days ago the My MSN customised homepage launched a new beta version, available at http://next.my.msn.com.

So what’s new? …