January, 2010

Last week we told you about some of the upcoming new features and changes to Windows Live Hotmail Wave 4. Only a week later, Picturepan2 from LiveSino.net was able to get hold of some screenshots of the new Hotmail, which seems to confirm all the new features …

Looks like it’s time to pay closer attention to the sessions being added for Mix 10 in March.  In addition to some promised upcoming sessions for “the next generation of Windows Phone”, we just noticed a new session placeholder:

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Entitled “Do You Speak My Language?

An article in today’s Economist, “A world of connections”, is a fairly standard recap of the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, with a bit of context from the World Economic Forum in Davos thrown in to make it a bit more …

A couple of Bing news items from the Bing blog, and one from Microsoft Fuse Labs.  First, from Fuse Labs at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development offices comes word of some improvements to one of the Bing Maps apps, Twitter Maps:

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We don’t have a changelist …

Remember last time we showed you a glimpse of Windows Live Home Wave 4? More information has poured in today showing the capabilities of the “Share something new” box. It happens that unlike Twitter (or the current Windows Live implementation) which only allows you to post status updates, …

After Mary Jo Foley noted that copies of a new version of Windows Home Server, code named “Vail” were floating out there on the interwebs, there was quite a little flurry of activity as enthusiasts jumped at the chance to take a look at the next new thing.  …

As mentioned in our interview with Ryan Gavin and Walter Harp last week, the Windows Live ID team has “some new features coming” that will enhance your protection. We were fortunate enough to get a glimpse of what Windows Live ID will look like in Wave 4. Here …

Long Zheng was quick to dig around in last night’s updated Zune software, and quick to find reference to a %phone% (good work, btw!), and this just a day after Microsoft denied publically to Mary Jo Foley that the Zune update had anything to do with Zune/phone.

So …

We’ve had numerous questions posed to us over the last few months about the status and future of My.live.com, the personal home page that started out as an Atlas framework (now ASP.net Ajax) project managed by Sanaz Ahari and the late Steve Rider.  Well now, according to a …

Last October, Bing Director Stefan Weitz wrote about an encounter with a Dr. Richard Bing, who had contacted Mich Mathews, SVP of Marketing, since they had “used his name for our new search engine”.  Weitz and Sean Carver went to visit Dr. Bing in LA, and got …

Haitian Creole has just been added to the list of available translations for the Bing Translator and other Microsoft Translator powered services (including the Messenger Translation Bot):

In the current crisis in Haiti there are a number of initiatives to rapidly build software to assist in humanitarian

Last time we talked about Windows Live Mail to support Conversation view in Wave 4, as well as hints indicating that it will support Gmail’s “stars” functionality. Wouldn’t it be nice if Microsoft’s own webmail service – Hotmail, supported those too? Well wait no further, as sources …

Haiti Earthquake Map AppWe already told you that Bing maps published new imagery for Haiti after the earthquake. But what about the imagery from before?

Well, they haven’t been put to waste, they got put in a new map app!

Now you can compare before and after images, and …

Need to bake a cake? Wondering how to prepare steak? Bing now provides detailed recipe results.

The results are pulled from a number of popular recipe websites (delish.com, MyRecipes.com, epicurious.com, etc.) and you can sift through them by cuisine, course, convenience and more. image  It even shows you …

Following on from last week’s post about Windows Live Wave 4’s new header, Picturepan2 from LiveSino.net was able to get hold of another pair of screenshots on the new web services header. His screenshots seem to confirm what we reported last time about the built-in Web Messenger …

A (very) short post on the Mix10 news blog promises not only news, but sessions for “the next generation of Windows Phone”.  Here’s the short, but sweet, post:

Yes, at MIX10 you’ll learn about developing applications and games for the next generation of Windows Phone. Yes, we’ll

The Bing team has been working hard to improve search. One of the results is an improved autosuggest. Autosuggest helps you to find what you are looking for faster, often only a couple of keystrokes (first letters) suffice, autosuggest will suggest the rest.

Recently, breaking news and hot …

Engadget has been following some very interesting tweets recently, most of them coming “from Danger”, a Twitter source that isn’t used by an existing Danger product (Sidekick uses “from Sidekick”), and the tweeters have been tagging some of their tweets with the mysterious hashtag “#tmdp”.

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“T-Mobile Danger …

Information about Windows Live Mail Wave 4 keeps flowing in! Yesterday we told you about possible upcoming features in Windows Live Mail Wave 4, and today Picturepan2 @ LiveSino.net got hold of the latest screenshot for the application. So here it is, the main window of Windows …

This month’s Bing Maps release is so big they broke it in two. The January 2010 Part 1 release is 558,000 square kilometers of imagery consisting of:

  • Germany’s Ruhrgebiet
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Vancouver – Sea to Sky Hwy to Squamish and beyond
  • Additional imagery scattered throughout Russia, Bulgaria,