March, 2009

As of today, WorldWide Telescope is no longer limited to the Windows operating system, as the an alpha version of the WorldWide Telescope Web Client was released – and it’s based on Silverlight 2.0! This means that you can now …

Last year at MIX08 Microsoft Unveiled Internet Explorer 8 beta 1. After releasing beta 2 and a Release Candidate, at this year’s MIX, IE8’s final release will be announced (Keynote).

“Customers have made clear what they want …

More news from today’s keynote at MIX09:

Silverlight 3 Beta

Silverlight 3 Beta was unveiled at MIX09. This is a preview release which introduces more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic …

With the Mix09 Keynote taking place later today (4pm GMT, watch it live at http://live.visitmix.com/), one of the things that will be shown at Mix is the Live Messenger Web Toolkit. Basically, the Windows Live Messenger Web Toolkit “enables …

Last week Windows Live Calendar got updated, the following bugs got fixed: 

Syncing Calendar – You will no longer see errors resulting from a high CPU usage for the couple of minutes after the calendar sync. You’ll also see fewer …

Adding to the intrigue of what to call the falling further and further behind Microsoft search product, the Live Search team posted this tonight:

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Here’s the list of Live Search twitter accounts, for those of you playing along …

george We first heard the term last summer.  Mary Jo Foley posted on some possible new names for Live Search, including Kumo, which has led us on quite a little goose chase over the past months, one that doesn’t appear …

Ian Moulster posted about a handy feature in Live Search: flight status. Flight status? Yea, as long as you know the flight number you can enter it on Live Search and the status will be shown right below the sponsored …

Mobile phone site Uberphones is reporting that Windows Mobile 6.5 is now available for Microsoft FTEs (full time equivalents), and both they and Neowin are taking that to mean that a Windows Mobile 6.5 release won’t be far behind, on …

Seattle Times reporter Ben Romano posts today on some more problems for Hotmail, this time apparently caused by “routine maintenance” overnight gone somewhat wrong.  Romano pointed to the Hotmail Online Solutions Center, and a rash of recent discussions about …

Microsoft’s fledgling Azure Services platform, a beta offering that offers cloud computing services, suffered a 22 hour outage this weekend.  Azure joins Amazon and Flexiscale along with Hotmail and Gmail as web services that have suffered major outages recently.  …

After a year of testing between offerings from Microsoft and Google, Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT), has selected Microsoft’s [email protected], according to a story in Australian IT.

Australia has become quite a battleground for hosted email services.  …

logo_yahoo Way back last February, when Microsoft first made a public offer to buy Yahoo!, part of what they were after was the brand.  Microsoft executives have been almost happy to point out that they have a brand problem, especially, according …

We reported almost a month ago that QnA is moving from Live Search to MSN. Today the QnA team officially announced the latest updates to the QnA website, including a new look for QnA with the standardised MSN headers. …

A nice post over on the Hotmail blog has some simple instructions on how to add a Windows Live Calendar “badge” to your blog or website, using an iframe. 

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(Not sure why our badge doesn’t show the month calendar, …

The Live Framework Team announced the April CTP update of the Live Framework SDK and Tools.

This update includes:

  • Support for side-by-side installation of the www.mesh.com local client and the developer.mesh-ctp.com local client. This means that you can use the

Hotmail POP3 access on the way? No, it’s here! POP3 technology has now rolled out to Hotmail customers WORLDWIDE!

What is POP3? It is a protocol that allows retrieval of your emails in almost any email program that you’ve …

We’ve seen a number of screen shots of Kumo.com, but this is the first one we’ve seen of the home page:

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Note the pager at the bottom right. 

We like this idea of deploying Kumo internally, so that MS employees …

According to an email to beta testers, and  a blog post and a post on the adCenter website, adCenter Analytics will shut down on Dec 31, 2009, and no new beta participants are being accepted as of today.  From …

Opened Twitter today to a rash of “Hotmail is Down” tweets, and sure enough, the Hotmail server is “too busy” as of 9:14 am pdt:

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Online mail application server outages have been in the news recently, with a couple