June, 2009

WLMessenger_5F00_0173725A[1] It has been almost 10 years since Messenger was launched. Windows Live Messenger was still called MSN Messenger back then on July 22nd 1999. Since then Windows Live Messenger has grown quite a bit. It now has more than 330 …

On June 16 the Zune Services will be down for maintenance. So no Zune Social, Zune.net forums or Zune Marketplace at that time. At the same time Xbox Live will be off for maintenance too. This means that Xbox …

MobileTextIf you live in the US or the UK then you can SMS to see and update your information on Windows Live. No need for a mobile browser or data plan! The SMS feature was announced in November already but …

It hasn’t even been two weeks since Bing was launched, but a number of services are reporting numbers that seem to show an uptick in interest in the rebranded search product from Microsoft.

Compete.com, in a blog post today, …

Wow, did they read our comments? More integration of the translator into Bing? You got it! Starting today you can translate a word or phrase directly on Bing.

How does this work? Say you want to know …

Back in November Microsoft announced that they will offer free anti virus software, codenamed “Morro”, to replace Windows Live OneCare. As you know Windows Live OneCare will be discontinued. Subscriptions will stop being sold via retail channels from 30 …

binglogo_5F00_thumb_5F00_01EE3C3B[1] Yes, more Bing. We didn’t want to keep this info from you.

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Did Bing just Leapfrog Yahoo Search? Data from monitoring service StatCounter suggests that Bing, Microsoft’s new decision engine, has overtaken Yahoo Search as the number …

No, this doesn’t make any sense (does it?).  Yesterday we told you about a nice little blog post updating the status of Windows Live Movie Maker, which is expected to be released later this year.  So today what pops up …

This month’s release contains 248,000+ sq. kilometers of new imagery. But not just that. You won’t get a ginormous list of locations but an experience, an experience in the form of the Bing Maps World Tour.
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The Bing Maps …

We reported a few days back about Tbot getting its own Run time Environment. In that article it’s also mentioned that an Alpha test period would start soon. Well, that soon has come:

We’re ready to start the

The Lead Program Manager on the Windows Live Movie Maker team (and as it happens one of LiveSide’s oldest friends, from back in the MSN Spaces days), Mike Torres, posted on Windows Live Wire today with a status update for

binglogo Bing launched this week, revealing the new name and “decision engine” tagline,  a new more organized layout for search results, tighter integration for verticals like Shopping (including Bing cashback), Travel (including the Farecast technology for predicting airfares and now hotel …

Microsoft has released the Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK DTK for developers.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Tool Kit adds documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images and tools to Visual Studio that let you build applications for

I don’t know what it is with the Photosynth Blog feed, but this one just turned up today, whilst the date on the post says May 21st… Anyways old news or not, to me and to most of you …

searchoverload Now Bing has its own YouTube Channel, complete with 2 new ads.  These are variations on a “search overload” theme, much more focused than the initial ad we posted last night.  Here are the two ads up so far …

At SMX Advanced, Danny Sullivan spent an interesting 45 minutes talking with Qi Lu about Bing.  For his first time in public, Lu was engaging but serious about the job ahead, while seeming relaxed and comfortable onstage with Sullivan.  They …

Thanks to one of our alert readers, we get our first look at a Bing commercial:

More information on the Bing Virtual Presskit page on Microsoft Press Pass

Of course it’s a natural that we’d get the cute little “Bing” …

Tbot, the translation buddy for Windows Live Messenger has to go through some remaking as the Live Agents Platform is retiring support for the bots. As TBot is based on the same platform, the team is developing their own …

In a blog post on Windows Live Wire, Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue the DAV protocol for accessing Hotmail on September 1, 2009.  DAV (or WebDAV) is an older protocol, not suited to large inboxes, and …

Receiving word from multiple sources, including some of our friends in China, that a number of websites in China are blocked, including Bing.com, Microsoft’s newly rebranded “decision engine”.

Danwei.org, P2P.net, and our friends at LiveSino.net have reports on …