August, 2009

microsoftoffice_5F00_61083C27[1] The Industry Standard reports that Microsoft will miss the target date for the Office Web Apps Tech Preview. The original plan was to release test versions of the applications in August. In an email the Industry Standard received, Microsoft stated the following:

"While they will not be available

popflyRIP Popfly, the game creator mashup experiment from Microsoft, closed its doors for good last Monday, but as a “parting present”, the Popfly creators have put the Game Engine portion of Popfly up on CodePlex.  Most of the Popfly code was too tightly coupled with internal …

livemeshblog Apple released Snow Leopard 10.6, the latest upgrade to its OS,  last week, and the list of incompatible apps keeps growing.  The latest is unfortunately Live Mesh.  From the Live Mesh blog:

With the recent Apple announcement regarding the availability of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6),

WorldWide Telescope and Photosynth, have been named to Time’s 50 Best Websites list for 2009. WorldWide Telescope Photosynth [click on the image to go to the page]

Very nice considering these sites are still fairly new, Photosynth just turned one and the Worldwide Telescope web client has only been …

TechCrunch has the first Bing Cashback TV ad up on YouTube, a pretty straightforward ad introducing Bing Cashback to the masses.  TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid says:

“most people probably had never even heard of the program until now. This is the first time Microsoft has ever aired an ad

msnca Microsoft and BCE Inc., owner of Bell Canada, will shut down Canada’s most popular portal site, sympatico.msn.ca, on Tuesday.  Each company will then launch their own Canadian sites, MSN.ca, and sympatico.ca.   The two have been in partnership on sympatico.msn.ca since 2003, and although the websites …

Windows Live ID Those who remember back in last year’s PDC 2008 Microsoft announced that they will officially support OpenID in their Windows Live ID service. Almost 10 months later of testing with the CTP, the Windows Live ID team has finally updated their blog, and here’s the quick update:…

Windows Live Messenger From the Messenger team’s blog post today, Microsoft has announced that all users of Windows Live Messenger will be prompted to upgrade their client to the latest version (14.0.8089.726) in the following months, if not weeks, depending on your current client version:

Users currently using Windows Live Messenger

Want to get in on all the iPhone app glory, but with the goodness of Bing?  Now you can, using the Bing iPhone and Mac SDK, available on CodePlex as open source under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).  According to a post on the Bing Community blog:…

outlooklivelogo As part of the upcoming release of Exchange Server 2010, a new version of Outlook Live for Windows Mobile became available today.  This new Outlook Live, formerly Exchange Labs and code named Skyline (not the Outlook Live that preceded Outlook Connector), is an installable client for any …

codemag Ken Levy, who left Microsoft just a bit over a year ago after working on the Windows Live Platform team, and “kick starting” Dev.Live.com, has been doing (among lots of other things) a podcast for Code Magazine online.  In his latest show, Ken talks with James Senior, a …

yahoomail We missed commenting on this earlier in the week when it came out, but Yahoo! made an announcement regarding its newly revamped set of services, including Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, and search.  Featured among the changes are:

  • a new streamlined design (yup, Windows Live has that)
  • 3rd party apps

onlinecolleges.net OnlineColleges.net, a website ranking and reviewing online colleges, has put together a list of 50 tips for students and librarians using Bing.  Broken down into categories such as “Finding Information”, “Research and Collaboration”, and “Images and Video”, the site has developed quite a little list of Bing …

Just as the Live Framework CTP, this one will also disappear. It lasted little over a year. On the question what will happen with the Virtual Earth/Bing Maps ASP .NET Control, Chris Pendleton posted the following:

In brief, it’s toast. It was great for what

Windows Live Mail The Windows Live Mail team has posted on their blog today about what was updated and fixed in the latest release (build number 14.0.8089.0726) that came along with the new Windows Live Movie Maker. Here’s a few of the main bugs that were addressed in this update:…

liveframework Back in January, the Live Services Platform, along with Live Mesh, moved under the umbrella of a unified Windows Live organization, as part of Windows and Windows Live Engineering.  David Treadwell, the Corporate Vice President for the Live Services Platform moved to report to Steven Sinofsky, President.

Today, …

Have you noticed that you can no longer add photos directly into the body of a Windows Live Hotmail message the way you used to? It’s been temporarily removed, here’s why:

During a recent review, we identified an incompatibility with Internet Explorer that caused a security flaw with

It’s been over a year since Photosynth.net launched. The team has written a massive article with the highlights of this past year. Now we’re not going to put them all here, for that you can read their article, but here are some statistics:

422,508

synths created…

Along with the latest release of Windows Live Essentials yesterday which has been covered with news about the shiny new Windows Live Movie Maker final, what went unnoticed was also a feature update to Windows Live Family Safety. Today Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Blog posted about …

Yesterday Microsoft released Windows Live Movie Maker with HD support, and today they’re announcing a new webcam that may just be the perfect complement. The LifeCam Cinema, which will be available for pre-order from Amazon.com on August 24th, and available in September, offers 720p HD in 16:9 widescreen …