July, 2010

hatehotmailWhile it’s been exciting to track the #NewHotmailHere sightings and from what we can tell from the comments on Twitter and here on this blog, most of you are pretty excited about the new Hotmail.  For some, however, things aren’t going so well.

On the Windows Live Solution …

Even though the Zune HD app upgrade path to Windows Phone 7 is a dead end, it’s nice to see a couple of new apps appear ready for download to Zune HDs this week.

The first, following in the footsteps of MSN Weather, is MSN Money.  Our friend …

If you have a WordPress blog and want to map out some information for your blog readers, then you can make use of the Bing Maps for WordPress plugin:

Bing Maps for WordPress allows you to create maps easily with a [bingMap] shortcode in your posts. You

Bing continues to (dare we say it?) innovate, and while some of the improvements aren’t earth-shattering, and indeed some bits of news aren’t even included in Bing (yet), we wanted to make sure to note them here even in the midst of all the #NewHotmailHere excitement.

You may …

As the blog post on Inside Windows Live said, the Hotmail rollout is really picking up steam!  Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to tweet #NewHotmailHere (or #NoHotmailYet) to @liveside.  Here’s a sampling of what you’ve been tweeting:

alpesh @liveside

The latest version of the Bing for iPhone (and iPod Touch) app features visual scanning of barcodes and cover art. What would you do with that you say? Well, how about compare prices or read reviews? Andy Chu from the Bing for Mobile explains how to do this

Windows Live HotmailWe’ve been noticing a significant increase in the number of #NewHotmailHere tags on Twitter since Monday morning, as well as receiving many tips and comments from our readers about sightings of the new Hotmail. (Thanks to everyone who tipped us! Keep them coming!) It seems like users from …

We reported last Friday that there would be 5 hardware partners with Windows Phone 7 handsets ready at launch. Turns out later that day Microsoft “turned back” on what was said.

"Microsoft has not made an official announcement on device partners for Windows Phone 7 at general …

This week it’s TechReady at Microsoft in Seattle, a semi-annual event (this is TechReady 11) where Microsoft product teams show off their new stuff internally, a kind of a top secret product fair.

Microsoft employee and blogger M3 Sweatt, (Chief of Staff of the Windows Core Operating System …

For those of you lucky enough to have Hotmail Wave 4, apparently one of the new features – Conversation View, has been at least temporarily disabled.  MVP Vasudev tweeted about it:

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Microsoft acquired TellMe back in March 2007, and the speech recognition features that came with it have been finding their way into a number of Microsoft products, from Windows 7 to the Bing for Mobile app, and soon, of course, to Windows Phone 7.

Speech recognition is …

Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Microsoft, told Pocket-lint that Dell, Asus, LG, HTC, and Samsung will have Windows Phone 7 handsets available at the launch later this year.

That’s (at least) five launch handsets, some of which, Microsoft has already confirmed, will include a QWERTY keyboard, as …

On the Bing homepage you can take a look at the previous 7 days worth of homepage images by clicking the arrows. But what if you want to view images from further back?

Starting today, there is something for that too: the Bing homepage Visual Search gallery. …

calendarsSo many developers have gotten their hands on one of the Windows Phone 7s given out by Microsoft, and our friend Paul Thurrott is one of them. While Thurrott is writing his new book on WP7, he’s been updating his blog sharing what he found interesting during his …

Not only developers are getting a free Windows Phone 7, the 90,000 Microsoft employees world-wide probably will too! Only, unlike the developers who are receiving their devices as we speak, they will receive their Windows Phone 7 devices when launched in their market.

Andy Lees, senior vice

Today, Facebook launched a new application, dubbed Facebook Stories, to highlight shared stories about people who have reconnected with friends and family via Facebook. As a part of the application, Bing Maps powers the location data for published stories. The location map provides a visual representation designed …

My eye just caught the following news item:

Jul 21, 2010 (DMEUROPE via COMTEX) — Microsoft Germany has announced a new exclusive service for Windows Live users enabling free mobile internet access. With immediate effect, members of the Windows Live Community (Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live

Today, the Bing Webmaster Tools gets an update. What’s new in the updated Bing Webmaster Tools? Everything. With your feedback in mind, the Bing Webmaster Team decided to hit the reset button and rebuild the tools from the ground up.

The redesigned Bing Webmaster Tools provide you a

Brandon LeBlanc over at Inside Windows Live just posted on the availability of a new beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the free anti-malware program.  Some new features include:

Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials will now ask if you would like to turn

Windows Phone LiveExactly one week ago, we told you about a new service coming to Windows Live which brings the world of Windows Phone 7 and Windows Live together – Windows Phone Live. Well it seems like the guys at PGMAG.com who had recently gotten their hands on a Windows …