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Bing has been quietly updating features since its last major update last month, with new looks for stock price and movie searches.  An announcement on the Bing blog pointed out the movie search feature:

In addition to the recent events results pages, we just launched our new

Microsoft has traditionally made big announcements about upcoming products and services at tech conferences, and while the breathless anticipation for CES isn’t quite what it used to be, Microsoft will have some significant announcements to make this spring.  Speculation is heating up about not only what will be …

While we took a little time off for the holidays (and moved web hosts), we didn’t want to miss commenting on Inside Windows Live, the new Windows Live engineering blog over at the Windows Blog.  We decided to hold our tongue after a welcome post and the …

dust_bowl Pardon the dust, we’ve gone ahead and made some changes to our site and your experience.  For one thing, we’ve moved off our dedicated server to WebHost4Life, definitely a cost saving move, but we haven’t sacrificed much if anything in terms of computing power.  We tried to …

The winners of both contests, Bing’s Home Sweet Homepage photo contest and the Seasonal Synth Challenge- Holiday Lights, have been announced.

Home Sweet Homepage

Entries from all across the globe came in, but the winner is Justin Kraemer’s Seattle Skyline Seattle Skyline by Justin Kraemer  He took this picture on …

We told you that Neowin had gotten their hands on some screenshots of Wave 4 Messenger and Writer earlier this month. Now, at the doorstep of 2010, some (very early) screenshots of Wave 4 Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Photo Gallery emerged over at geeksmack.net.

In …

HappyHolidays Hard to believe that we’re wrapping up our 4th year of LiveSide.net (January 3rd, 2010 will mark the beginning of year 5), but just wanted to wish everyone the happiest of holidays, let you know we’re still here and plan to be for a long time to come, …

nntp bridge Even in our MSN and Windows Live MVP days, we were never big forums posters, but we remember following a long simmering feud between the (mainly) MVPs and the Microsoft forums about NNTP access to the forums.  Basically, Microsoft wanted to move its forums to a web forum …

The Nielsen Company just released their November US Search share numbers, with Bing continuing a slow climb up the charts.  Nielsen last month changed their methodology, so comparisons before last month aren’t relevant, but here are the numbers for the last two months:

Rank Provider Searches (000) Oct

Some good news tonight from Windows Live Corporate Vice President Chris Jones, who in an initial blog post announced the creation of “Inside Windows Live: The engineering behind Hotmail, Messenger, and Windows Live”.  In the post, Jones explains the purpose of the new blog:

The new

7510.MSE_5F00_5F00_5F00_thumb_5F00_5F00_5F00_63FCB6FA1_5F00_thumb_5F00_5BDB965D[1] Today Microsoft is making Microsoft Security Essentials available in 17 additional markets: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.

This brings the total number of available markets to 56*.

Microsoft Security Essentials …

Surely you know about the United Nations 15th Climate Change Conference (COP15), which is taking place right now. But did you know that Microsoft has sent a delegation of issue and technology experts to support COP15?

That group is participating in a series of briefings, events and …

Some good Bing news today, on three fronts.  First, some new numbers from comScore (no press release yet, so far just numbers shared from Silicon Alley Insider) show continued incremental growth for Bing (and Google), and continued decline from Yahoo!.  These raw search numbers don’t begin to …

image Following in the footsteps of Bing’s Home Sweet Homepage photo contest, Photosynth now also has a contest..ehmm scuse me, challenge: "Holiday Lights". It was announced on the team’s blog as follows:

During the week of December 21st to December 27th we will devote our entire front

MSOP-Logo Just a little housekeeping on our ongoing Live Labs Pivot project, the MS Org Pivot, which we wrote about earlier.  We originally posted our Pivot attempt on an unused personal domain, but we’ve moved it now to a new home, www.MSOrgPivot.net.  You still need to install …

Now that’s moving fast.  Microsoft just unveiled Streetside  a couple of weeks ago and already developers can start to use images from Streetside and enhanced bird’s eye.

bingstreetsideAPI

Chris Pendleton has a blog post up detailing how to use the new features, and you can get started using the …

Our friends at Neowin.net have posted some screenshots they’ve obtained of two works-in-progress Windows Live products, Messenger and Writer.  We won’t join in the DMCA games here, but the screenshots appear to be real, and show Messenger with tabs (finally), and a “social stream”.  This social stream looks …

MovieMakerDid you try to upload your video to YouTube through Windows Live Movie Maker only to see it fail? It wasn’t just you! Turns out it was a change made on YouTube.com that caused this (authentication) failure.

This issue was brought to the attention of the Windows Live

Well really we expect to hear at least SOMETHING (please?) about Windows Live and Wave 4 at CES in January (only a few weeks away!), but the real season of Wave 4 seems to be set to begin in “the Mix timeframe”, as we heard many times at …

Today on the MSN blog, MSN Local Edition Director Cyrus Krohn announced two new partnerships to bring more local video to US cities on the new look MSN.com.  Slated to start in January, the partnerships, with Hearst Television and NBC Local Media, will offer up around 3,000 news …