August, 2010

Our friend Rich Hay at WindowsObserver.com just pointed out that Windows Live Sync for Mac is available on Microsoft Downloads, dated last week, August 13, 2010. We’re not Mac guys, but we did post a link to a Live

Facebook Places, from all accounts, is going to be quite a big deal, and Bing Maps is right in the center of it all, running the maps on Facebook.com.  We’ve noticed a few of our friends trying out the …

The winners of the King Of Bing Maps App Competition, just got announced on the site:

2010 King of Bing Maps
1. Taxi Fare Calculator by Ricky Brundritt – see it in action
2. GeoSales Tax by Avalara – see it in action

Of course the big news this week was the WL 2011 beta refresh, which, unfortunately, I didn’t get to install until yesterday because of hardware problems (had to install new GPU). But there was more news. News we overlooked …

We’ve been spelunking for applications on Facebook (more news coming soon), and just noticed the Messenger page on Facebook:

msgrFB

8,115,283 monthly active users, not bad!

How has your experience with Facebook integration been going?  We’ve noticed a couple of things …

Windows Live EssentialsThanks to a tip by Chrilo, who has found out the download address for the new Windows Live Essentials 2011 “Beta Refresh” supposedly due to be released in a few hours (10AM PST according to Neowin.net). To get it, …

Windows Live EssentialsWhen we first revealed the download links to the new Windows Live Essentials 2011 Beta Refresh, we started off by providing the English version link first. Many of you have asked for the links for the different language versions, …

As a direct response to feedback received since last month’s launch, the Bing Webmaster Tools gained some new features.

Data Export Capability
You can now download and export data from Bing Webmaster Tools about your registered sites. You …

A blog post on the adCenter Blog at Microsoft Advertising reports that the transition of organic (algorithmic, or non-paid search results) search results from the Yahoo! search engine to Bing has begun.  Once the transition is complete, according to …

What a fun day!  This morning at about 7:30 am Pacific Daylight Time, ace LiveSide contributor damaster found that the download link he had been tipped to earlier was now working, and he worked feverishly to post at the same

(via meraTechPort, thanks Vasudev!)

So you rushed to download and install Windows Live Essentials 2011 Beta Refresh, only to get to 98% installed and fail, doh.  The problem was that although the final version of WLE 2011 will support …

In what would seem to be a major coup, Bing Maps will be the map provider for the newly announced Facebook Places, on Facebook.com.  The location service for Facebook, which will allow you to check in and share your …

Explanation:  This post was written under embargo, before the links to what was apparently the Beta Refresh became available earlier today.  According to a Microsoft spokesperson, those links point to a download that “is not the right build; the …

A couple of big announcements coming in from Gamescom 2010 in Cologne, Germany, one of which is the unveiling of the first (of many more to come, we expect) titles for Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7, Microsoft announced two …

Windows Live SkyDriveLast month we revealed what was thought to be the new SkyDrive logo which quietly appeared on the Windows Live Preview promotional website. Today, the same logo appeared on Microsoft Australia’s ninemsn.com.au website, which confirms that this is …

Last we heard the Bing for iPhone app was at about 4.3 million downloads (should be significantly more than that by now, is there a way to track iPhone app downloads?), and based on that success it looks like Bing …

The state of California has that government’s email systems up for contract, a $60 million prize servicing some 200,000 users, according to an article in the LA Times.  The state has announced its intentions to award the contract to …

Just noticed a comment from Michael that Hotmail is working for him in Opera, now, possibly after a hotfix we wrote about yesterday.  Here’s the current description of the problems some Hotmail users may be encountering currently, as posted

Problems for a subset of users continue to be a hot topic on the Hotmail forums at Windows Live Solution Center, and today a moderator representing Microsoft, Roopa S, posted some new information:

Update as of 08/11:

A hotfix

Windows Live Gallery is dead! Ok, technically it’s not, but it looks like it hasn’t long left of this world. Yes, yes, I know, we’re basing this on purely one section of the site being cut off and …