November, 2009

We’ve been giving away Live Labs Pivot codes (and yes, we have more to share later on in this post), but after returning from PDC and learning a bit about the new “experiment” from Live Labs, we’ve finally been able to create a Pivot of our own.  While …

Feel like doing something else on Thanksgiving than playing Pictionary, Risk or Trivial Pursuit? Chris Pendleton suggests the following:

imageInstead of breaking out the Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit or Risk you can logon to The Climate Mystery game featuring Bing Maps. The impetus for the game was

Wondering about the water quality, maybe not so important now unless you like a very very cold swim but well.., or the air quality in your country/neighbourhood (Europe)? Check out the European Environment Agency’s Eye On Earth portal. They announced the latest changes last week at

Last Thursday we attended the only Windows Live PDC session, entitled “The Audience API: Live Framework Present and Future”, presented by Windows Live Senior Program Manager Todd Manion.  In the session, which revisited the Messenger Web Toolkit and took a quick look at the work being …

murdoch A story in Sunday’s Financial Times is reporting that Microsoft and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. have been holding preliminary talks to pull News Corp. content from Google, and for Bing to then pay a premium for that content.   There’s quite a debate around the web on what such …

Yesterday in a blog post, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof called for a boycott of Bing, because of the way it handles Chinese characters searches outside of China when searching for politically sensitive (to China) material.

Today in a blog post on the Search Blog, Adam

For everyone who wants to get the most out of Windows Live: The Windows Live Essentials and Services Book.

imageThis book by MVP Brad Jones and Marcus Schmidt is a full-color, step-by-step guide for using Microsoft’s new Windows Live Essentials series of free applications.

Step-by-step instructions show …

Bing Maps China has updated their site with tons of new data and some new features:

  • Yellow Pages – Over 8 million yellow page listings are now searching from Bing Maps China.
  • Business Photos – Hundreds of thousands of business front photos are now available as a part

One sure fire way to get a new feature noticed is to attach it to TechCrunch, and indeed TC noticed a new Bing feature yesterday that appears on Bing search results for “TechCrunch”:

binglatesttechcrunch 

The “Latest posts” feature only appears for certain websites (TechCrunch, New York Times, etc), …

Now the liveblogging is over, let’s take a look at what was announced today.

Silverlight

image A whole lot was said about Microsoft Silverlight, going through some features of Silverlight 3 but most of all of Silverlight 4! Yes, today at the PDC in Los Angeles, Scott Guthrie

Here we go!  Live blog day 2!…

Thanks to Sunshine for recapping the PDC day one keynotes, our second day of keynotes, and liveblogging, is set to begin in a few hours.  At this PDC, to be sure, there’s not a lot of Windows Live news, or news about Live Mesh or any of the …

The transcript of yesterdays keynote, with Ray Ozzie & Bob Muglia, has been posted online. Let’s take a look at some interesting tidbits:

Today, we’re going to focus primarily on the back-end: servers, tools and cloud computing.

So what was there? Azure will be going from CTP

pivotlogo I got called a namedropper on Twitter today for my earlier Day 1 post, but really we think of our readers as being the reason we’re here, and it’s because of you that we’re able to get to do this cool stuff.

We’ll have a bit more later …

We’re here in sunny Los Angeles ( 76 degrees and sunny :)  ) again, liveblogging the PDC keynotes today and tomorrow.  You can watch the keynote live at www.microsoftpdc.com, and follow along with our motley crew of bloggers and journalists (Long Zheng, Mary Jo Foley, Ed Bott, …

It hasn’t even been a week since we noticed in a post that Windows Marketplace would support Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 later this month! Well, later this month has come. Starting today almost all people with phones running Windows Mobile 6.0 and above with a supporting …

bglogowhite A story in the Financial Times today is reporting that Zune services will soon be expanding into a number of new markets:

The Zune-branded service – which includes the most popular films from MGM, Paramount and Universal – will be available in 18 of its largest western markets,

We’re honored again to be able to bring you a group effort liveblog of the keynotes at PDC, coming up next Tuesday and Wednesday.  The same gang is back again this year: Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com, Mary Jo Foley from All About Microsoft, Ed Bott from …

Bing UK is no longer in beta, it just shed its beta tag. So now when you search for football you won’t get NFL schedules but Football results (Americans call what we call football soccer), providing you do use the UK Bing page of course. image  Some …

Windows Marketplace for Mobile, launched in October together with the launch of Windows phones, got some upgrades:

Developer portal improvements and stronger anti-piracy protection

We’ve been gathering input on what we can do to improve the developer experience and have made some subtle but important enhancements