July, 2009

Lately all of our favorite services seem to be crapping out on us.  We told you about the upcoming demise of MSN Soapbox, where we have a number of videos hosted.  Users have until August 31, 2009 to head to video.msn.com, log in, and download their videos before …

image Ever wanted a deep zoom image of a huge image already uploaded to the web? Now you can. The Seadragon team in Live Labs has released a service that lets you easily turn those pictures into nice zoomable UIs: Seadragon. Seadragon is built on Azure and gives …

To all you Deep Zoom Composer users out there, please uninstall your current version and get the latest:

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This version fixes a fairly serious bug related to the image paths generated during export. More information on this bug can be found in the team’s

Most of the time, the images on the Bing home page are pretty pictures, sometimes with topical connections, but rarely controversial. Today’s US image was a little different, before it was apparently pulled and replaced by an image of a bridge in France.  Perhaps today’s picture in the …

BuddyFuseWeb Remember BuddyFuse, the extension to Windows Live Messenger that integrates third party (social/IM) networks into Windows Live Messenger? Well, they did it again. As we all know MSN Web Messenger retired on June 30th and you can only access its replacement, Windows Live Web Messenger, through Hotmail

msftyhoodealsigning As widely expected, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced a deal (very early) this morning, a 10 year agreement to have Bing power Yahoo! searches, with Yahoo! controlling ad sales.  Last night we asked a few questions, and by digging down a bit we found some answers this morning.  …

We told you earlier about the Bing Summer Travel Photo Contest. The contest has now ended. Out of the 10,000 submissions 9,400 photos got accepted. That’s quite a few pictures to be reviewed and rated, 13,206 unique raters helped. And the winner is… BingContestWinner Lightning strike over Sydney, …

binglogo A search deal between Microsoft and Yahoo! hasn’t even been announced yet, and yet tidbits of information are being analyzed, scrutinized, and dissected all across the web.  Marshall Kirkpatrick at Read/Write Web sees bad news for search innovation of the kind Yahoo! has been pursuing, and Henry Blodget …

The first in a new series of Bing ads appeared last night in the US on the Conan O’Brien show.  Two weeks ago, Yusuf Mehdi promised the new ads, saying:

Lastly, stay tuned for a new set of Bing ads on TV in the coming weeks, where we

MicrosoftWaveNo, not Wave 4, we are still waiting for that, but Microsoft Wave.

Microsoft Wave is a new site from Microsoft’s UK team that shows off the latest developments and products to come out of Microsoft. You will come across technologies we’ve been covering here like …

Are you a (Windows Live Mobile) developer? Now is the time to submit your applications to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Not only will your app be one of the first available in the marketplace when it launches, but you also have a chance of winning one …

Multiple reports are out from AdAge, The Wall Street Journal, and Kara Swisher at All Things Digital that Microsoft and Yahoo! are set to announce a search deal as early as tomorrow, Wednesday.  From AdAge:

Through the pact, Bing will become the default search engine on

microsoft-yahooTalks between Microsoft and Yahoo! about deal that would have Microsoft’s Bing providing search technology for Yahoo! properties continue, according to an article in today’s Advertising Age:

Yahoo’s request for an upfront payment (it is said to have asked for several hundred million), in addition to revenue

Movie Maker Last month, the Windows Live Movie Maker team made a blog post with a status update on what’s been happening to Movie Maker. To give you a recap, in the post Mike Torres offered some glimpses of what to expect from the new version, including more rich-editing capabilities …

image As reported earlier, Popfly is shutting down on August 24. All sites, references, and resources will be taken down. However not all is lost! Now there’s the Popfly Game Downloader, a utility to download Popfly games (Mashups and private games excluded) while the Popfly service is …

sinofskyballmerwin7goldmgx Our friend Brandon LeBlanc breathlessly announced the RTM of Windows 7 yesterday, surprising almost exactly no one that 7 would ship on time, ready for the holiday season.  Our congratulations to Microsoft and the Windows teams that made it happen, we’ve been using it for some time, are …

aboutDialogLittle over a week ago Deep Zoom Composer RC got released. Today we can tell you that the Deep Zoom Composer is now final. This to coincide with the final release of Expression Studio 3. As always, uninstall all existing versions of Deep Zoom Composer …

Raxco Software, makers of PerfectDisk disk defragmentation software, today released PerfectSpeed, a new PC optimization suite that offers “a certified disk defragmenter, registry cleaner, duplicate file remover and advanced privacy protection”.  According to the press release, Raxco is offering users of the soon to be

Just up on YouTube (where else?) is a fun little video in celebration of Windows Live (formerly MSN) Messenger’s 10th Anniversary.

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The Inside Windows Live Messenger blog has more on the anniversary celebration (and a post from last week quoting Sunshine and myself along with some …

soapbox Here’s one from the “saw this coming from a mile away” department.  After “scaling back” the user uploaded video service last month, today an email confirmed that the other shoe has dropped, and that MSN Soapbox will be closing.  Users will not be able to upload video …