February, 2009

Back in January 2009 we briefly reported that Windows Live FrameIt will be getting a Wave 3 facelift and that there will be a FrameIt client and SDK available soon. Soon after we exclusively gave everyone a sneak peek of what the new FrameIt would look like and …

FrameIt Client Icon Yesterday we told you about the new Windows Live FrameIt and hinted at the FrameIt Client coming soon. Today we were able to get hands on with the latest FrameIt Client PowerToy. Here’s a screenshot of the client attempting to add my FrameIt collection named “LiveSide”:

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So, you …

MSN Music stopped selling music downloads in the US in November 2006, but they have remained available through MSN UK, with the service run by Nokia.  Now, however, that service is set to close in March, according to the MSN Music UK website:

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According to a FAQ …

Windows Live Photo Gallery has been featured in a number of commercials recently, and tonight in a variation on a theme, Photo Gallery made an appearance on the Discovery Channel’s MythbustersLiveSide reader Orion commented on it, and as luck would have it our friend Dena

After rookie Kylie (4 and a half) and Alexa (7) showed off their Windows Live Photo Gallery skills, the Rookies ad campaign continues with a new series of video ads in which generations battle each other with their Windows Live Photo Gallery skills:

Panoramic Photos 7vs70 Alexa, 7 years …

Our friend PicturePan2, just pointed out some changes on Office Live workspace. First off he sees a new header that says Tech Preview:WorkspaceTechPrev workspacebeta  I’ve checked, but on mine it has the beta header (second image above). I wonder what’s up with that…doesn’t a technical …

While Live Search hasn’t made much headway in the past year and hasn’t made a deal with Yahoo! to acquire their business, Microsoft seems to be more committed than ever to continue the uphill battle to make Live Search relevant.  Today, a couple of interesting tidbits show that …

Last year at Advance08 Microsoft announced both a new name for their advertising strategy – “Microsoft Advertising”, and the concept of “engagement mapping”.  The thought is that a consumer may look at numerous ads, websites, and brand impressions well before making the “last click” to make a purchase, …

We already mentioned in January that MSN Calendar users will be moved to the Windows Live Calendar service. This migration of existing MSN Calendar users to the Windows Live Calendar service will start in March. Windows Live Calendar does not support attachments to meetings and appointments. These …

Hotmail mobileYou may have noticed that the Windows Live Mobile Wave 3 upgrade previously did not include any updates to Hotmail. As part of the new Windows Live Hotmail upgrade, one thing that went unnoticed was that together with it came the new Windows Live Hotmail Mobile beta …

Back in May 2006, we posted an article telling you about what Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant was. Up until now this software only offered the ability to save multiple credentials (Windows Live IDs) on their machine as an Internet Explorer add-on. Microsoft recently released Windows Live ID …

Today’s little flurry over the Live.com snow leopard isn’t a big controversy, but it does underscore the fact that people are catching on to Live.com images as something cool.  Here in the US, we’ve had them since the Olympics, and personally we’ve found them to be well done.  …

Microsoft is going to discontinue their Software and Services subscription package Equipt. Equipt, which includes Office Home and Student 2007, OneCare, Office Live Workspaces and Windows Live Essentials, got launched July last year.

To help address the growing need for essential PC protection, Microsoft recently announced

Another update to the Deep Zoom Composer has just been released. This release only contains fixes to issues that were reported to the team. More information on these fixes can be found on the Expression Blend and Design team blog.

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snafu Live Search cashback apparently continues to be beset with problems, at least for a subset of customers who used the service over the holidays to purchase items on eBay.  We first reported problems some customers were having on February 4th, and then posted again the next day with

To be honest, when I saw the latest Live Search home page image this morning, my only thought was “what a beautiful animal”.

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Well apparently Snow Leopard means a little something to more than just the Girl Scouts of Kyrgyzstan (who knew? ;) ).  But after Gizmodo asked …

MSNgroupsIn October we reported that MSN Groups would be closed. The original plan was to close MSN Groups on February 21, but that has been extended to February 23. The team just posted a reminder that you’ll need to migrate your groups to the Multiply service, or …

MyPhone There have been reports of My Phone users not being able to successfully sign in on the phone, even when they received a confirmation that their account was activated. The My Phone team has addressed this issue and posted the following fix for those affected:

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In an attempt to better align products and sites focused on content and community, QnA moved from Live Search to MSN. Leader of the MSN QnA team will be Kristy:

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Hello! I’m Kristy and I’m excited to be leading the MSN QnA team.

After years working

Continuing our look at non US-Centric numbers, a new report from French internet audience measurement company AT Internet caught our eye:

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These numbers,  a cross section of 96,965 reporting websites, all “French speaking”, show for one thing just how dominant Google is in parts of Europe. AT Internet …