August, 2008

No its not the 1st of April, Microsoft sent us (and mess.be again) a takedown for the Messenger Wave 3 screenshots posted on 11th August. If you’re wondering what the email looked like, check out this sample notice. Ours was from the same individual too, however as …

Now Taiwan can also enjoy Live Search Maps (as Live Pages).

Microsoft Taiwan and Chunghwa Telecom realized this together making use of technologies from:

  • Chunghwa Yellow Page – geocoding engine, Business Listings and Point of Interest information
  • Kingway Technology – road map images
  • Multimap – mapping API to

Photosynth, launched 8 days ago, got its first update:

  • Some improvement on the upload problems. If you’ve been upload errors or the dreaded "stuck in publishing" problem, you should know that we’ve been working very hard on these issues this week, and we’ve released a

Microsoft continued to expand it’s reach in commercial search today, acquiring Greenfield Online, Inc, owners of Ciao GmbH, for $17.50 US, in a transaction valued at $486 million.  According to the press release:

Ciao is a comprehensive source for intelligent shopping on the web, combining consumer reviews

Since we learned about the upcoming version of MSN.com featuring a tighter Windows Live integration and a fresh new look a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft has continued to evolve the page before releasing it broadly.

Some users are now forwarded to a version of the page that …

Live Mesh’es next update will air later today. No, it’s not available yet, I’ll update this post once it is ;) Its available now. Right click the Live Mesh icon and select Update Live Mesh

As always the software will update itself within 24 hours after release of …

The IE team blog has just posted that IE8b2 is now out. Lots of goodness in this new build:

We focused our work around three themes: everyday browsing (the things that real people do all the time), safety (the term most people use for what we’ve called

On Facebook there are some applications about making use of Windows Live Services. I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of them.

Windows Live Messenger With over a million users just 4 months after its launch, probably the most known of all. This one recently got …

IE 8 Beta 2 just came out today, and one of the interesting new features comes in the search bar, in the form of Auto Suggest.  We’ve seen these types of suggestions to searches before, most commonly included in toolbars such as the Windows Live Toolbar, but this …

Thanks to some great work by tophtucker and then BV2312, we managed to catch the new Windows Live Hotmail promotion site as soon as it popped up today. What we love about this site is that it has gone public with some of the changes for Windows Live Hotmail that are …

An early version of an interim build of the new wave 3 messenger is spreading across the web, having been posted by JCXP.net, WinXperts.com and others.  As Chris said in our review of this build on August 11, after screenshots were posted on Mess.be,

“as this is

The 2008 Olympics has been a source of pride for the athletes, for China, and also for Live Search, who posted a very nice series of background images here in the United States, at a rate of about 2 per day.  Even though our friend and ultra Windows …

We told you about our server issues a month or so ago, and ever since then we’ve been working behind the scenes to make a move over to our brand new server.  You can see all the specs in the new about page, in LiveSide Central.  We still …

Ah its almost that time of the year, when we start posting 5 times a day with more screenshots than you can shake a stick at. Just to wet the appetite, the url for the Windows Live People service now works (people.live.com). Unfortunately if you’re not …

As Kip mentioned in his post about the Photosynth release, I’ve been playing about with Photosynth. I was that is, ’til it decided it won’t publish any more of my Synths. I made two, deleted one and then it’s seems to get stuck on publishing with …

photosynthlogo Photosynth, which was initially released as a Microsoft Live Labs Technology Preview, is being released as a new free service, to become part of MSN.  The new product, available at www.photosynth.net, combines a 20gb online storage and presentation piece, an add-in to Internet Explorer or FireFox, and …

 Microsoft and the state of Iowa have announced the location of the newest Microsoft data center, in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Located “southwest of the intersection of Booneville Road and South 88th Street (also known as Xavier Place)” (see map), the data center will be focused on …

Microsoft plans to use the tools it acquired in Powerset to “gain an edge against Google” according to a report coming out of the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose on Tuesday.  Senior Vice President Satya Nadella believe that gaining, and then using, a better understanding of …

Thanks for the comments in the last post, it appears that Windows Live Video Messages is up and running, at http://videomessages.live.com/Portal/default.aspx?lc=1033.  Sign in with a Live ID, and give it a try (you may have to back out of the screen saying it will be up on …

You kill one service, and another one springs up to take its place. The Windows Live Support and Feedback sites helpfully spilled the beans on Windows Live Video Messages, a new beta service that ties in with the LifeCam range of webcams.

As we mentioned in our …