May, 2009

Delicious Cherries! In the next few weeks, we’re going to be hearing a lot about Microsoft’s new brand for search.  We pretty much know it won’t be called “Live Search” anymore, and we’re hearing again and again that it won’t be called …

SilverlightLogo Windows Media Center supports Microsoft Silverlight as of today! It starts by offering the Netflix Service on Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate. The following announcement appeared on the Silverlight Blog:

It’s official! As of today Silverlight is now

Well the fun just never stops around here.  Without going into detail, we’ve been fighting some email issues recently.  In an attempt to deal with them, we made some configuration changes yesterday that seemed to have caused a bit of …

MyPhoneLogoWe notified you yesterday about the My Phone service update. All finished now, so what’s in the update?

– The My Phone web site got a makeover
Not only with the new logo, but also with a Video

In San Francisco next week?  Want some free beer, pizza and expert help on the new Messenger APIs?  The Live Services team is holding a Hackathon at Microsoft’s San Francisco offices on Market Street in San Francisco (near the …

The Wall St. Journal is reporting today that Microsoft is expected to show for the first time publically its new search effort, code named Kumo, at “D: All Things Digital”.  The technology conference, hosted by All Things D …

Webware2009_5F00_7268B596[1] Back in April we told you about the Windows Live and other Microsoft products nominations for the Webware 100 Awards 2009. Well, the winners just got announced. Nearly 630,000 votes were cast during the voting this year to …

Kumo, the for now name of a newly rebranded Microsoft Live Search, should be upon us soon.  Kumo has been in corporate wide internal testing at Microsoft since early March (oops added the time frame), and at least parts of …

MyPhoneNewLogoJust so you know:

The My Phone service will be not be available on May 18 to enable deployment of a service upgrade. During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access the My Phone web site or to

monkeywrench Thanks to our friend Robert McLaws, we’re set up here at LiveSide with a nightly backup using Jungle Disk and Amazon S3.  We’ve been pretty impressed by it, especially with the ~$1.00/mo charges we pay to have our database …

As much as I like the relative anonymity that comes with being an unfamiliar face, I feel as though a brief introduction is in order.  

My name is Chris Poirier. I am a two time Windows Live MVP Award Recipient, …

Well it was probably only a matter of time, but GMail has introduced a new feature that makes it easier for users of other email services with POP access to migrate their accounts.

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Of course Hotmail, after what seemed to …

Another Laptop Hunters ad is out (this time they buy a Dell), and the ad sticks true to form – Go to Best Buy, thumb your nose at the Mac, walk away happy.  These ads were good right out of …

Following on from my previous tutorial on how to integrate the Windows Live Web Bar into your site, we’ll build upon this and show you some of the other UI controls that you can use in your site.

One thing …

OnStar Just announced this morning is the news that OnStar, the General Motors “in vehicle safety and security” subscription service, will soon be using Microsoft’s Virtual Earth in their emergency response system.  This means that OnStar operators will have access …

Want to game and improve your geographical skills at the same time? Then UMapper’s Virtual Earth game “Geodart” is for you. GeoDart is a geography trivia game that invites users to answer geographical questions by placing answers …

The recently released Facebook Application for Windows Mobile already got an update. The team heard there were users having problems with installation, so they addressed this in a new version of the app. The update fixes hanging errors and …

kumo Some 90,000 Microsoft employees are currently testing a new version of Live Search under the name Kumo (well, some of them are testing it, the other half are using Google, apparently).  Expected to be released (or at least announced) …

zunelogo This morning a couple of tweets by “OfficeTheMovie”, which has now been confirmed to be not coming from Microsoft (the Office 2010 Twitter account is @office2010themovie), got everyone all atwitter about the possibility of a Zune phone launch …

MobileMarketplace Windows Mobile Marketplace, announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by Steve Ballmer, is opening the doors for developers as promised. The Windows Mobile Team announced it on their blog as follows:

In the latest update to http://developer.windowsmobile.com