February, 2010

Following our last post on the new Windows Live Wave 4 header, showing you some of its new functionalities and the organisation of services, this time we will show you several of the new themes that will come with the release of Windows Live Wave 4. Microsoft …

Piero Sierra, Group Program Manager for Windows Live messenger and Windows Live Mail, wrote a very lengthy article about how the team tries to make the Messenger (IM) experience more meaningful and natural.

Take for example the typing indicator, this little message “user is typing” tells you …

This week, Cryptome.org, a website that has taken to publishing “secret” guides for law enforcement agencies attempting to gain information held by internet companies such as Microsoft (with Hotmail, Live ID, etc.), Yahoo!, and others, was apparently served a DMCA for the Microsoft document it posted. (DMCA is …

windows_phone7_logo Charlie Kindel, the “Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Phone Application Platform & Developer Experience” (now there’s a mouthful!), announced a new blog right after Windows Phone 7 was revealed at MWC, and his first in-depth post admits that Windows Phone 7 Series “is not the way …

Following our Part 1 coverage on LiveSino.net and cnBeta.com’s leak of new Windows Live Wave 4 screenshots, this time we’ll take a glimpse at the next version of Windows Live SkyDrive, Family Safety, Sync and Movie Maker. We’ll examine them individually below.

SkyDrive

The long-rumoured “Flix” video

Looks like someone has been very busy taking/leaking screenshots, as even more of them appeared on cnBeta.com. Starting off with a screenshot of all the Windows Live apps containing the Ribbon: W4Ribbon In the above screenshot you see (from top to bottom): Windows Live Mail, Windows Live

Last week at the Mobile World Congres in Barcelona, Microsoft took the wraps off Windows Phone 7 series. If you’ve watched the keynote (also available on demand) you saw that Windows 7 phones have a Bing button which provides quick access to Bing Search.

Interesting …

It’s been a crazy weekend with Windows Live Wave 4 screenshots keeps coming. Kip gave us a glimpse in his previous post on Windows Live Photo Gallery Wave 4, and this post will go a bit further as to what we’ve discovered about the new Photo Gallery. First …

Update: Our friend PicturePan2 has posted a couple of higher resolution screenshots over at LiveSino.net, go take a look.

You might remember back in December when Neowin posted pictures of the ribbon that will be appearing in Live Writer when Wave 4 [eventually] reaches us. Well now …

8713_WindowsLiveMessengerWave4M3_5F00_12AC4FD2 In case you missed it over the weekend, our LiveSide colleagues have been busy at work tracking down all the latest Wave 4 news and rumors, very busy in fact.  We reported on some new (apparently internal promotional) screenshots of Messenger showing up in the blogs, showing a …

Only one day later, another set of Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 screenshots has been leaked to the web, this time by Chinese website cnBeta.com. Aggregating all the screenshots that we’ve seen in the past few days, we’re guessing that these screenshots originated from some internal press …

A new Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 screenshot seems to have surfaced on the web via a person named Zukona (thanks to MessengerAdictos.com), who claims that the screenshot is from Messenger Wave 4 Milestone 3. While we can’t be sure of the integrity of the screenshot, the …

Back in December Patchou, creator of Messenger Plus! (Live), wrote a lengthy article about the history of Messenger Plus!. In that article he announced that he would take a step back (there’s only so much one man can do) and that his popular Messenger add-on had …

The European Union granted approval today for the Microsoft deal to purchase Yahoo!’s search business, and in a press release, Yahoo! announced that “implementation of the deal is expected to begin in the coming days”.  From the press release:

Yahoo! and Microsoft will work with advertisers, publishers

Luke Wroblewski, Chief Design Architect at Yahoo!, has put together a nice little collection of Windows Phone 7 Series “teases and transitions”, and dives a bit deeper into them on his personal blog:

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On his blog post, Luke describes the effects:

Teasing

The Windows Phone

facebookchat We’ve been a bit obsessed busy with Windows Phone news this week, but we wanted to circle back and catch up on a news item from last week, where Facebook opened up Facebook Chat to 3rd party clients using the XMPP/Jabber protocol.  While this is good news …

Windows Phone 7 Series + Windows Live Wave 4 With the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Conference at Barcelona yesterday, the blogosphere has been flooded with Windows Phone news, and LiveSide is no exception. If you watched the press conference by Steve Ballmer yesterday (if you’ve missed it, you can watch the on-demand …

While Windows Mobile 6.x apps, available in the Windows Mobile Marketplace, aren’t anywhere near as prolific as iPhone apps (by a long shot), there are still unanswered questions about whether or not these apps will work on the new phones.  The speculation is that they won’t, although Microsoft …

Just about everything on the Live.com domain is down, for us and for our readers around the world.  A ping to live.com times out:

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EDIT: Well you learn something new every day: Microsoft does not respond to pings, according to this tweet:

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The Live ID service was …

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Remember the Race To Market Developer Challenge? Well, today some of the winners got announced over at The Windows Mobile Developer Blog.

  • The winner for most downloaded app is Meon Lite from Manbolo.
  • The winner for highest value generated is SPB Mobile Shell from SPB Software.