January, 2009

For those who have been developing against the Live Framework, one of the biggest drawbacks of doing this is having to give up your Mesh client on your dev PC. The choice was sadly rather simple, either use the Live Framework client so you can develop some cool …

The Live QnA Code of Conduct has been updated so it’s easier to understand.

Summary of Changes

One of the first changes we made was to make it clear that the QnA Code of Conduct Supplement is just that – a supplement to the standard Code of

Just released today is an add-in for Firefox that supports the auto-suggest feature in Live Search, available for download at Mozilla.org.

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According to a blog post from Alessandro Catorcini, Lead Program Manager for the Live Search API:

This release, while relatively small in scope, takes advantage

We’ve been seeing lots of complaints on Twitter and elsewhere about Hotmail not working in Google’s new browser, Chrome.  So today, rather than waiting for Hotmail to address the problem, Google patched Chrome to work with Hotmail, by adding support for User Agent spoofing and appearing to …

Managing your contacts is going to be easier as a new update is rolling out:

During the past year, we set out to build a few new things:

  • A unified contact list for all Windows Live users across all of our services
  • A unified invitations experience for

Last week Windows Live Wire, the Windows Live team blog posted an acknowledgement that “a small number of you are experiencing audio and video problems with your webcam after installing the latest version of Windows Live Messenger”.  According to the post, the problem stems from issues with McAfee …

Internet Explorer 8 has moved from beta to Release Candidate and is publically available for download today. Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is available in 25 languages for Windows Vista, XP, and Server only! Windows 7 users will get an updated IE8 with the next update of Windows 7. …

We missed out on this one with all the other news (and playing about in Windows 7):

To all Live Mesh customers who have experienced crashes with the 0.9.3712.831 version of the Live Mesh for Mac software: A new version of the software that resolves this issue

Last week we reported the announcement that Windows Live FrameIt will soon to be updated with a Wave 3 theme, to have integration with Live Mesh, and soon to have a client and SDK released. Today we got the chance to see a sneak peek at the new …

Yesterday Mary Jo Foley reported that Office Live will be joining Windows Live in Wave 4, at least in terms of how the products are presented to consumers, and today a post on the OfficeLiveWorkSpaceCommunity blog further confirms it.  Office Live will remain a part of the Business …

Windows Live Translator gained yet another language, Polish this time. This brings the total amount of languages to 14, namely; Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

WLTranslatorPolish IEaccelerator 

The website, the IE Accelerator, the Windows

Big news out of Redmond today as the company announced elimination of some 5,000 positions in the next 18 months, some 1,400 of which are expected to come today.  In addition, cuts are also coming to contractors, both in non-renewal of contracts (which has already begun), and in …

Chris Pendleton, who will be speaking at EUCI GIS 2.0 Conference, lets us know there is no expansion of map data this month. That doesn’t mean nothing happened.

For North America, Europe and Asia the road data has been updated in Microsoft Virtual Earth and the …

We hope you’ve enjoyed our discussions with some of the program managers working on Windows Live, we really appreciate the opportunity to get to sit down and talk to them, and appreciate the opportunity to bring them to you.

Our last interview of the day was with Piero …

The following appeared on the public newsgroup:LiveSync

On Monday, January 19th, Windows Live Sync will be unavailable from 11 AM PST until 4 PM PST while we perform some upgrades. We apologize for the inconvenience and promise to have Sync back up and running as soon as

While Omar Shahine has been kind enough to talk to us (twice) about POP3 support in Hotmail, it’s not really what he works on.  Omar has been busy down in Mountain View, California, working on Hotmail, and the People features in Windows Live Wave 3.  In the second …

Jeff Kunins is a Group Program Manager for Social Networking for Windows Live, working on some of the features of Windows Live that cut across what used to be separate products.  Working on Spaces and Groups, Profile, What’s New feed, and the 3rd party web activities are some …

In our next interview, we spent some time with Rodger Benson, a program manager working on Photo Gallery talking about facial recognition, new upload limits for photos on photos.live.com (or Spaces), how Photo Gallery works with the suite (for example: picking face names from your address book):

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On Tuesday, January 20th, Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of the United States in front of the US Capitol in Washington DC, and in front of an estimated 2-5 million witnesses.  To capture the moment, CNN News is planning to create a Photosynth of Obama’s …

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