August, 2010

(Hey look, more naming confusion, yay! Yesterday’s Inside Windows Live blog post didn’t mention it, but we just noticed that the “Known Issues” page refers to “Windows Live ActiveSync”, go figure.  Anyway we’ll probably call it EAS for Hotmail until we hear different.)

A number of you …

Just spotted a tweet from our friend Kristen at Bing, pointing to the latest Visual Search for Bing, this time World of Warcraft weapons:

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The interactive visual search shows 3000 top WoW items, in twelve zones.  Clicking on any of the items brings you to a details …

Microsoft has finalized the list of categories of apps it will offer on its Windows Phone Marketplace. App categories organize applications so that users can more easily find what they are looking for.

For Windows Phone 7, there will be 16 categories and 25 sub-categories:

  1. Books & Reference:

wmpoweruserlogoWMPowerUser is doing a great job of covering the latest Windows Phone 7 news (we’ve got them in our Windows Phone Blogs We Like section, and hey they even have their own WP7 app!), and today they have some good news for our Canadian friends: when Windows …

While official support for Exchange ActiveSync for Android phones is apparently “months” away (unofficially some Android phones, specifically 2.2, and specifically not 2.1, may work), Bing Mobile hopefully will be able to divert your attention today by announcing Bing for Mobile on Verizon Android devices.

Today we are

OK it’s official, Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync is now available, according to a blog post on Inside Windows Live.  The setup details are the same as we’d posted earlier, here they are:

Server / URL

m.hotmail.com

Username

Enter full email address, for example: [email protected]

Domain 

Leave this blank

An email sent to beta testers and posted on the Messenger Connect forums announced today that Microsoft is discontinuing the Messenger Connect strongly typed .Net Library, instead offering samples of code which work directly with Messenger Connect web services, using REST and OData.  Here’s the email:

An important

This week Rob Dolin wrote up a good summary of Windows Live Activity Streams, the information you see on Windows Live Home, in the expanded Messenger window, and soon on Windows Phones. 

Today we added a “Share with Messenger” button to our posts, partly to try out …

We’ve been hearing rumblings about a Live Sync name change, and sure enough, today on the Inside Windows Live blog Microsoft is announcing that Live Sync will be renamed as…Windows Live Mesh.

Geez we’re not going to even bother taking shots at this one, far too easy.  …

Chris PendletonToday our good friend Chris Pendleton is announcing his departure as the Bing Maps Tech Evangelist. He’s been holding this position for over 3 years. On September 13 he will become a Sr. Program Manager on the Bing Mobile team to oversee the development of some as-of-yet unannounced …

One of the most hotly anticipated features of Windows Live Wave 4, judging by the interest here and elsewhere, is Exchange ActiveSync for Hotmail.  The long promised feature first surfaced here thanks to an alert LiveSide reader back in June, and a number of you were able to …

Back in April, Microsoft FUSE Labs released Docs.com, a service which ties in Facebook with Office Web Apps to let you share documents with your friends on the social network. It seems like the guys over at FUSE Labs had recently updated Docs.com, adding new …

This morning Mary Jo Foley caught Microsoft’s Russian subsidiary’s website showing off what looks like our first glimpse at the new IE9 UI:

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The single image (since taken down, of course) shows a simplified look, with a combined search/address bar, what looks to be not much room …

Bing sure loves Portland! Just released is a new Bing Map App called the Bing Food Cart Finder, which helps you find over 250 food carts in the area! You can filter food vendors by recommended picks from Portland Monthly Magazine , neighborhood, features, cuisine, and price. …

Windows Live Essentials isn’t the only suite to be updated recently, a blog post on the Office Web Apps blog (and featured on Inside Windows Live) points out a number of new features for Office Web Apps.  Like Essentials, these new updates came about in part in …

The Microsoft-Yahoo! search alliance continues to move forward on schedule, and today Microsoft Senior Vice President Satya Nadella announced “a great milestone for Bing and Yahoo!”, as all (organic, meaning non-paid) searches on Yahoo!, in the US and Canada, in English, are now powered by Bing:

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According …

Windows Live MessengerWindows Live Messenger 2011 was released just over a week ago, and along with the release Microsoft turned on the long-awaited feature – Facebook chat integration. While we reported some of the major updates to the beta refresh release, after one week of usage, we noticed some …

In our article about Windows Phone 7 Jump Start Training we already mentioned that there won’t be any localized training provided until the final release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. At that time we didn’t have a release date for the tools, now we do! The final …

If you were lucky (or if you were reading LiveSide), and got your name into Exchange ActiveSync early, you’re probably enjoying the benefits of it now.  Even if you didn’t get in on that early “wave”, some of you are reporting that your EAS capabilities have …

radiologo-12Leo Laporte is apparently swearing off everything but his blog and his weekly podcast (TwiT – This week in Tech, a fun listen, btw), but we’re having fun with our various side projects, and wanted to update you on what’s happening with LiveSide.

First, our blog …