2009

azurepics Microsoft announced today that Windows Azure and Windows Server will together become a new division in the Server and Tools Business: the Server and Cloud Division.  If it wasn’t clear before, Microsoft is heavily invested in “the cloud”, and this …

Looks like Google took the latest round in what’s becoming an entertaining game of one-upsmanship, announcing Google Goggles and real time results, but we’ve been spending too much time playing with Bing Maps to notice.  While we haven’t found any …

Last night at about 6:30 pm (Tom Warren of Neowin comments the actual downtime was between 6:24 and 7:10), after “a configuration change during some internal testing”, Bing was either unavailable or returned incomplete results.  According to the Bing Blog

Also announced yesterday is the Bing Bar. Another search/tool bar? Yes and no, it replaces the MSN Toolbar Beta. If you go to the MSN toolbar URL you get the following page:
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I’ve set it to en-ca here, …

Kara Swisher is liveblogging the Bing news event, but apparently she’s off in search of donuts, no wait, here’s something:

He kicks off the show with some stats and a main point: Microsoft’s search share has, as his first slide

One thing we’ve just noticed with the Bing home page is the addition of History.  History is not a new feature, but having it on the home page is.  And when you hover over any of the “explorer bar” features …

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In a “private news event” (ooh, MS is taking this Murdoch stuff seriously ;)  ), today at 10:00 am in San Francisco, Bing executives Satya Nadella, Harry Shum, Erik Jorgensen, and Brian MacDonald and others are set to “showcase and …

Today is a big day for Bing Maps. There’s lots of news coming out of this “private news event”, but from the looks of it the new Bing Maps Beta is the biggest of all.

Starting today …

Want your photo on Bing just like Jeremy? Now is your chance! Bing’s second photo contest just kicked off on Facebook.

image This time the team wants you to take pictures of your hometown: “hometown pride.” Your chance to …

Photosynth got a new release. The download of imagery when you zoom has been improved and there’s a new UI:
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1. The Controls – All controls are still there, in the middle we find a navigation disk.
2. View Control

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 …

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

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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

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”:

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The “Latest posts” feature only appears …

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 …