October, 2008

The Original Windows Live EssentialsRemember Windows Live Essentials, the service that went through its early beta stages back in 2006 and never made it out of beta, that’s meant to “offer integrated and bundled e-mail, instant messaging, photo-sharing, blog publishing, security services and other Windows Live entities into a seamless whole”? …

In all this excitement of PDC, cloud computing (Azure) and Live Mesh updates, there is one piece of cloud related news we haven’t told you about.

Microsoft Office will also be moving towards the cloud! We already know about the web storage of Office documents …

Apparently there were some problems with the Live Mesh Installer for Mobile, these are now fixed!

Thank you for using the Live Mesh for Mobile client! For users who saw a failure to add their mobile phone to their mesh, we have deployed an updated build of

Now that the Live Mesh team has finished rolling out their update, here’s a quick overview of the new stuff (beyond the obvious like this now being a beta with worldwide availability).

So I have geeky PC names - sue meProgress meters in the Live Mesh client – this was a popular request ever since Mesh …

The required update we mentioned before, has now begun. Please accept the upgrade when prompted! During the upgrade process Live Mesh will be unavailable (yep, my Notifier has gone gray too). This update contains a number of fixes, and adds quite a few new features:

Version numbers

Our coverage of PDC continues with some big announcements about Live Mesh coming out of LA.  Sometime this week you will be required to update Live Mesh, and after that will be introduced to some significant changes.  Beginning with very limited betas (much like the way Live Mesh …

Yesterday Kip added a nice bonus liveblog covering the keynote of Rick Rash from Microsoft Research, which announced an update to their space-exploration software WorldWide Telescope. Codenamed the “Autumnal Equinox Beta”, the update now features a 3D-engine that renders our Solar System and the Milky Way …

As I was checking my Calendar (using the dogfood address we mentioned earlier) today, I unconsciously clicked "Home" to take me back to the usual Windows Live Home, forgetting that I was on the dogfood server. Expecting that I would get to the 404 page not found

A little added bonus today, Rick Rashid, who heads up Microsoft Research, is keynoting.  Anything coming out of MSR is interesting and fun, so it should be a good hour:…

While the Professional Developer’s Conference has traditionally been associated with the operating system it introduces, make no mistake: This is the Ray Ozzie PDC.  Windows 7 made for a nice bit of eye candy after the ethereal and hard to grasp announcements around Windows Azure on Monday, but …

Live Mesh is going into Beta later this week, along with support for Mac and Windows Mobile 6 clients. Other changes coming later this week (from the Live Mesh blog):

– Drag & Drop functionality in the Live Mesh Desktop

– Extending the Live Mesh roles…

Yesterday was our first attempt at Liveblogging the PDC keynotes.  Today we’re back with Day 2, in two parts.  In the first part we’ll hear about Windows 7, Live Mesh, and a few “surprises”.…

Whilst there has been no official word on this yet, I noticed today that the Windows Live Tools for Visual Studio has been updated on Microsoft Downloads.

From the download page:

This CTP is an update to July 2008 CTP Release. In this CTP, we have made

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This is the third time we’ve had a chance to talk with David Treadwell, Corporate Vice President for Live Platform Services.  We’ll be talking a lot more in depth about Live Mesh coming up, but we appreciate the opportunity to take a bit higher view of the platform.  …

Yet another PDC announcement, and this one is from the Windows Live ID team. They’ve just opened up a Live ID test bed for those developers who want to start playing with Open ID integration. See for yourself.

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There’s more info over on the WL Dev blog

As Kip already mentioned, tomorrow we’ll hear a lot more about Live Mesh at PDC. Today the keynote was all about Windows Azure, a Services Platform for the cloud. But how does Live Mesh relate to Azure? The Live Mesh Blog explains:

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Just spent the morning listening to Ray Ozzie and company unveil Windows Azure, a combination of Amazon EC2 type hosted services, Microsoft Online Services, and tools to hook them all together, sort of.  While not really Windows Live centric, Microsoft is making a big bet on “the cloud”, …

Liveblogging the PDC Keynote Part One

OK Well I’m here at PDC, thanks to Jeff Sandquist and the Channel 9 guys LiveSide is sitting in a Barcalounger, not front row but dead center, Long should have pics up soon.  Jeff tells me they’ve done some new and experimental …

If you search Images for major cities or landmarks on Live Search, you will now be able to see the results on a Virtual Earth Map. If available, like for the Space Needle, you will get a Bird’s Eye image:

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As you can see on the …