May, 2009

bingLogo_lgIf you want to watch instead of read about Bing, then join the Bing Webcast at June 1st.

Here’s how to join in:

1) Set your alarm clocks for 10AM Pacific Daylight Time, Monday, June 1

2) Point your browser to  http://ms.istreamplanet.com/search (I’d do this

We haven’t been able to get our hands on Bing until today,  and we’ll have more as we dig deeper into it, but we wanted to give you some quick first impressions.  There’s lots of promotion for “the decision engine” out there already, but we’ve noticed a few …

Last week we told you about Microsoft Shutting Off Windows Live Messenger IM For Users In Countries Embargoed By The US (Error 810003c1). We can tell you a little bit more about the “why” today.

Let’s take a look at what can, and can’t, be banned by …

Well the story we’ve been following for the past year, the rebranding of Live Search, reached a big milestone today with the announcement (finally) of the new name, Bing.  While the name itself has yet to grow on us, we have to admit we really like the logo:…

BingLogo Steve Ballmer just announced Microsoft’s newest search offering on the D7 stage. He introduced it by showing a video, a Star Trek parody called “A bold search for a new name.” The video runs over Microsoft’s chronic re-naming of its search engine. And there it is: the new …

We already told you about the Live Messenger Web Toolkit and accompanying site http://messenger.mslivelabs.com/.

Also on this site is the Interactive SDK:  MTKInteractiveSDK This Interactive SDK makes starting out with the Messenger Web Toolkit even easier for developers. To get to this, click on the Learn tab on …

In an entertaining, slightly off color, and by some accounts inspiring performance at D: the All Things Digital conference, Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz left the door open for a search deal.  That deal would have to be made with someone with the right technology, the right …

We’re having a little issue currently with our user registration as some jokers try to take advantage of our generous registration policies.  While we continue to figure out how to best deal with the problem (and clear out the hundreds of users created in the last 2 days), …

Twitter has been abuzz the last 48 hours about a new project that appeared on CodePlex: Windows Live Writer for Windows Mobile. This sounds very promising, and looks like quite a good little project (albeit a slightly iffy UI). However, whilst it is a good project, I …

Microsoft acquired Bing.com in March, and has a network all set up:

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but as we reported last week, there’s that pesky little US Patent and Trademark Office to get around.  The problem is with Bing Mobile, which is just too confusing for the USPTO.  But apparently …

This is a big week or so for Microsoft, and for Live Search.  According to reports from the Wall St. Journal, the widely anticipated new version of Live Search, code named Kumo, is set to be unveiled at D: The All Things Digital conference in Carslbad, California.  …

E3 is one short week away, and speculation is rampant as to what is going to be announced.

If the initial buzz is any indication, between their June 1st press briefing and their booth, Microsoft should have a strong showing this year.

Bearing that in mind, LiveSide is …

Translator logo It seems like Live Search Translator just got updated with a new feature – the ability to automatically detect the language you wish to translate!

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In the screenshot above, I simply typed “http://www.livesino.net” into the text box and Live Search Translator automatically detected that it is a website …

Windows Live Alerts have finally gotten a facelift and joins the rest of the Windows Live family in getting the “Wave 3” look – making it one of the last Windows Live services to make the switch (Video Messages just made the switch a month ago, and …

A lot of people nowadays have Twitter accounts, a Facebook account etc. and if you’re reading this then I’m also assuming you have a Windows Live account and some interest in Windows Live Services. Each of these have their own “Personal Message” where you can tell people what …

In a document filed this morning and mailed to Microsoft, the US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Microsoft’s filing of “Bing” as a trademark name for “computer search engine software; graphical user interface software, namely, toolbar software for use with search engine software and websites”. A similar …

Hotmail has shut down access to mail through a mobile browser via m.mail.live.com, a service that we told you about when it debuted in February.  According to a short post on the Hotmail team blog, the service is undergoing maintenance and they “will bring back the service …

The Live Search Webmaster Center blog just posted a follow up regarding numerous complaints about the behavior of MSNbot, which last month was wreaking havoc on some of the websites it was crawling, according to reports.

Last week, a patch to the crawler was deployed, which should significantly …

MobileMarketplace_5F00_thumb_5F00_1488D40D[1] In our previous article about Windows Mobile Marketplace, we reported that developers outside of the US had problems signing up. Today we can tell you that, at this point, registration is open to English language markets (en-*) in the following countries: US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, …

WLMessenger Users in Cuba, Syria, Iran, Sudan and North Korea can no longer IM with Windows Live Messenger.

When trying to log in they will be left with error message: 810003c1: We were unable to sign you in to the .NET Messenger Service.

Reason: Microsoft has shut …