April, 2009

El Morro, in San Juan, Puerto Rico Last year Microsoft announced that it would end support for Windows Live OneCare, and turn instead to develop a new, free security product, code named Morro.  We’ve heard that Morro has already been in limited alpha testing, that it’s based on the same security engine as Microsoft’s …

bot Search Engine Roundtable has been following a thread at WebMaster World concerning some disturbing behavior from MSNbot, the crawler Live Search uses to find and index information on the web.  As of last night (April 28), the offending “feature” has been turned off, according to Brett Yount …

VideoMessagesWave3Windows Live Video Messages has now been updated to Wave3, as promised nearly 2 weeks ago. As you can see it now has the Wave 3 header, so you can navigate easier between all the Windows Live services.   Besides the list of updates we already gave …

This month’s Virtual Earth imagery release is 9+ TB of data, all ortho again, covering over 1 million square kilometers of Earth. There have been new releases and/or updates for the following countries:

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile,

tellmelogo Microsoft bought Tellme back in March of 2007, and released an app for Blackberry last year, so we’ve been expecting to hear the news that came out today, that Tellme will be available for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones this fall.

According to a post on CNET, on

smxadvancedlogo Danny Sullivan, Editor in Chief of Search Engine Land, conference organizer for Search Marketing Expos and Search Marketing Now, and all around search guru, took some time with us today to talk about Live Search, in conjunction with the upcoming SMX Advanced conference he’s holding here in …

The Swine Flu, who hasn’t heard of it yet, and who isn’t tracking it? It’s all over the news; tv, sites, the blogosphere and twitter of course. Now you can also track it on Virtual Earth:

Live Search Maps has a collection highlighting reported cases (both

livemeshblog A new service update is now available for Live Mesh Mac, Mobile, and Live Mesh Desktop has been updated as well, according to a post on the Live Mesh team blog.

The release “continues to tune performance” and has added a few features and fixes:

Features

  • The

As announced one week ago, the newly updated Windows Live Profile has been rolled out to all users now! A summary of all the changes that were part of this update include:

  • 20 new Web Activities, including Facebook, Digg, Last.fm, SmugMug and many more totalling 30 Web
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BuddyFuseBuddyFuse, created by Dutch Computer Science student and former Microsoft Intern Yousef El-Dardiry, Jeroen Bransen and friends, integrates third party (social / IM) networks into Windows Live Messenger. By doing this you can chat with your friends on those social networks from Windows Live Messenger, …

A post on a Neowin forum crossed our path this weekend (thanks for the tip, CalumJR!): apparently the poster was hanging out at Bldg 88 (which does house parts of Live Search), and spotted a “Countdown to Kumo” clock on a TV there. 

I’m just sitting in MS

It seems like Windows Live Home has been silently updated overnight with a few new hidden features. Sunshine already uncovered one for us a few days ago regarding the new Web Slice support for your What’s New feed. Jamie also posted on his blog about the ability …

cashbacklogo Live Search cashback hasn’t publically shared many numbers that we’ve seen, so these numbers kind of jumped off the screen when we noticed them in a Tweet.  Clicking through to the article, the numbers weren’t attributed, but it wasn’t too hard to track them back to a …

Yesterday the Live Search Webmaster blog posted on how to send feedback on MSNbot behavior, which Sunshine reported.  While it doesn’t go into details about what kind of complaints might be registered, apparently lately there are plenty.

We’re not SEO types and aren’t well versed on search …

Making improvements to the quality and depth of the Live Search index often affects how MSNBot collects data. So what if you have complaints about the bot behavior and crawl frequency, how do you leave feedback?

As the Live Search development team is busy making improvements and …

Some news we’ve missed out on: Photosynth got updated again. The experimental Silverlight viewer has now become the main Photosynth viewer. This means that not only PC users, but also Mac users can view the synths, comment and mark them favorite. The embedding code has also been moved …

Might this be the “more” spoken about here? Picturepan2, spotted something in Angus Logan’s vids that were posted in Rob Dolin’s post: HomeWebslice  A web slice* icon on home.live.com! Now what might that be for? From what we see in a screenshot in Seika’s post, …

MSN.com has just launched a new home page option, this one focused on Entertainment, and is kicking off a new phase of topic-focused homepage testing.

From the MSN Home page, you should see an option on the left hand side, “Want more entertainment content? Try our beta …

Microsoft pubCenter, an ad publishing tool (think Google Adsense) from Microsoft Advertising, after existing as a private beta for a number of months, goes into public beta today, April 22.

Kevin McCabe, Senior Product Manager for pubCenter beta, will be at AdSpace, (a part of the AdTech …