June, 2010

imageThe Imagine Cup 2010 finalists are in. Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup is a serious challenge that draws serious talent, and the competition is intense. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the …

KINlogoMicrosoft announced today that it was effectively killing its KIN phones, according to numerous news reports.  Verizon will continue to sell the phones, but there will be no European expansion, and the KIN team will be folded into Windows Phone 7:

“We have made the decision to focus

Currently the Bing Maps App SDK .chm documentation covers how to add Pushpins on the map, but not polylines and polygons.  When creating your entities, rather than passing in a PointPrimitive instance to the Entity.Primitive property, you can pass in a PolylinePrimitive or a PolygonPrimitive instance instead.  The …

We first saw Pivot, the Live Labs project that presents visual information in fun new ways, last November at PDC, and then this year at Tech-Ed, Live Labs announced that a new “PivotViewer” Silverlight control would be introduced, allowing you to embed Pivots.

msorgpivotWe even tried …

Wow, lots of iPhone users are using Windows Live Messenger from their iPhone. In just 5 days over one million people downloaded the Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone that got released last week.

But not only iPhone users connect with their friends from mobile phones. Michael …

On October 1st, 2010, the Bing web crawler will come out of beta. At that time the crawler will also be rebranded from msnbot to bingbot.

The updated user agent will be:

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0 +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)

The HTTP header From field will also change as shown below:

From:

Angus Logan, Sr. Technical Product Manager for Messenger Connect, has been busy today sharing lots of information about the new set of APIs that allow developers to interact with Messenger and Windows Live.  In a blog post on Inside Windows Live, Angus lays out an overview of …

Today in a blog post at Inside Windows Live, Hotmail’s Mike Schackwitz updates us on the Hotmail rollout with the news that it is going purposely slowly at first:

Two weeks ago, we started the Hotmail rollout with a single cluster. Right now, a few million customers

In a newsletter sent out to Bing advertisers, Microsoft Advertising shared some good news about the first year of Bing:

  • Bing advertisers are reaching a motivated audience; Bing searchers spend 42 percent more than the average search user in the U.S.—21 percent more than Google users and 25

As some of you already noticed, there have been some changes to Windows Live in regards to Twitter: the service was available as one of some 75 social networks that you could bring into your Windows Live feed, but it has apparently gone missing recently.  Now, according to …

We’ve been sorting through the hundreds of comments over the past week on your experiences with Windows Live Essentials (Wave 4) beta, and we’re working on some ways to organize all the good stuff in the comments, stay tuned in the next few days for that.  But now …

With the release of Windows Live Office on SkyDrive earlier this month, users have been able to create, edit and view Office documents using the new Office Web Apps, and share them with other users online. We told you that soon after the release of Windows Live …

Next up after Los Links, and perhaps with a nod to Bing Entertainment, is the latest commercial for Bing, a play on the movie Easy Rider:

In case you might not have been paying attention back in 1969 when the Dennis Hopper – Peter Fonda classic

Today, Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Live Messenger Connect beta. Messenger Connect is a single API that enables developers to integrate social experiences into their web and rich-client applications using the Windows Live services. It consists of a REST API service along with a set of …

Some 5% of you who responded to our Essentials install experience poll (it’s in the right sidebar) reported problems with a “waitforcatalog” error that caused the installation to fail.  While not a full fix, there is a workaround:

1) Open Internet Explorer.2) Click Tools, then click

Dev.live.com, the developer portal for Windows Live, has been completely refreshed with a new look and a new platform for Windows Live Wave 4:

devlivecom

We are going to be diving deep into the new developer tools in the next few days and weeks, but for now we just …

So you’ve probably all got your hands on Windows Live Essentials Wave 4 beta today, and have been playing with it for a bit (and a few glitches here and there). Looking at the comments our readers have left, we saw quite a few comments related to the …

Hopefully you’ve all be downloading and playing with the new Wave 4 beta, long time coming, huh! But what about our Mac friends? Well, if you were using Mesh on your Mac and have now installed Wave 4, Mesh is gone from your PC and will no longer …

(UPDATE: just added a poll in the right sidebar: “How was your Essentials install?”, vote please!)

(apologies to those of you who not only saw, but responded to an earlier version of this post that I somehow published by mistake – even in Wave 4, you still have …

Wave 4 is here (!!) and we’re all about saving time here at Liveside, so we’ve compiled a list of all the available languages for the the Wave 4 beta and their associated downloads, both web and full.

English: AutoManual 

French: AutoManual

Spanish: …