November, 2009

We could already add quite a lot to our Windows Live Profile, but starting today there are 19 more to add!

The newest feed partners are:

4Travel (Japan), Azbuz (Turkey), Baby Kingdom (Hong Kong), Biip.no (Norway), Break.com (US), BuscaPe

The new Bing Videos site looks to be a big improvement over its predecessor MSN Video – with Silverlight Streaming, a new cleaner look, and integration with YouTube, Hulu, National Geographic, and many more.  But like many others, we’ve been …

This month’s, 178,720 square kilometers worth, early image release is focused on Europe, mostly Eastern Europe:

  • Bulgaria (1,225 sq. km)
  • Czech Republic (10,808 sq. km)
  • Estonia (1,418 sq. km)
  • Hungary (23,840 sq. km)
  • Latvia (12,763 sq. km)
  • Lithuania (9,681 sq.

Starting today, MSN Video will be gradually be rebranded and integrated into Bing Videos, providing a “unified experience” across Microsoft’s online video destinations. Here’s what the Bing team blog has to say:

Starting today and rolling out over the

Thanks to a reminder from [email protected], we noticed an update to Bing Reference that went unnoticed. For those who don’t know what Bing Reference is, it is a search vertical of Bing that is based on the acquired Powerset …

Hot on the heels of the updates to Bing Maps, Videos, and Reference, Bing made some more announcements today, as part of a “major release”, to be rolled out over the coming weeks.  Most noticeable is the announcement of a

Today at TechEd Europe the Microsoft Translator Team announced that the Microsoft translator widget is now available to everyone, no more invite requirement!

A recap of today’s session:

  • Microsoft Translator APIs and the webpage widget are now in beta
  • Generate

The Bing Maps Silverlight Control has left CTP stage, as said it would back in August. Version 1.0 has just been released.

Everything from the CTP was brought forward including support for Deep Zoom, scalable images, video placement etc.! The …

We reported a few days ago that Favorites sync was temporarily turned off in Windows Live Toolbar for all users due to a technical glitch on the server side. The Windows Live Toolbar team just announced today that this has …

Just saw a tweet by Doc Searls (who likes the Birds Eye View) saying that the Bing Map Server  was “temporarily unavailable”, so we checked and found a new interface:

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The navigation bars look to be simplified, and “Get Directions” …

In a press release issued today, comScore breaks down the time spent online globally by properties, with Microsoft sites leading the way with nearly 15 percent of all time spent online (out of some 27 billion hours per month!):…

2541.Wlm_5F00_logoic_5F00_6E5C2B71[1] The Windows Live Messenger Team notifies Messenger users in a blogpost that the mandatory update for version 8.5, as announced back in August, has begun. Users on Windows XP will need to ensure that they have installed Service Pack …

Due to some glitches with Windows Live Toolbar’s favorites syncing, several users reported that their browser’s favorites have disappeared as a result. The Toolbar team has responded by posting the following announcement:

We’ve heard from some customers in the

Are you ready for the Winter Olympics? With the Olympics still 100 days away, NBC sure is. They made some changes to their site, NBCOlympics.com, for that.
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Just as last year with the Summer Olympics there will be …

The first of what will probably be a bunch of new holiday themed Bing commercials just popped up, a variation on the “all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” theme, with a poor kid just wanting (go …

Another 9,460 square kilometers of imagery has been released onto Bing Maps. This month’s release showcases high precision imagery for the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. The biggest drop by far was Greater Vancouver Metro…

Check out the …

MSN Butterfly Logo MSN.com is about to unveil a new look based on cleaner lines, a focus on select verticals, and easier user configuration.  Along with a new logo, the home page will feature inline access to Windows Live, Twitter, and Facebook, with …

Sync logo Following a bumpy upgrade for the Windows client last week, the Windows Live Sync team had been hard at work on their Mac client to add support for Snow Leopard. Today the team is proud to announce that it is …

Microsoft is keeping very quiet about the upcoming release of Windows Live Wave 4, and it’s driving us crazy.  Obviously we were hoping for a release to coincide with the launch of Windows 7, but that deadline has come and …