August, 2010

HotmailEarlier today, reports are coming in that users are getting Hotmail’s Exchange ActiveSync working again. I went in and tried it on my iPod touch, and to my surprise it actually worked perfectly – it synced all my mails, …

Well it looks like Gallery.live.com may be nearing the end of its days.  According to a blog post by Aaron Bregel from the Live Writer team, an email was sent out today (August 10th), informing Writer plug-in authors that they …

A number of sites including Mary Jo Foley’s All About Microsoft, Neowin, and Francisco Martin’s Microsoft Journal are reporting their expectation of a new beta version of Windows Live Essentials 2011 (or Wave 4), due next week (according …

For those of you on the Wave 4 beta of Windows Live Messenger, if you’re lucky you might’ve noticed something different today – an icon to connect LinkedIn to your Windows Live service. If you scroll all the way …

Running Windows 7?  Want a fresh new Bing background delivered via RSS every week for 3 months?  Check out Bing Dynamic:

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Switch it up! Receive a new photo from Bing every week for three months, with this Windows 7

A couple of days ago Robert Scoble posted on his visit to Vexcel, the wholly owned Microsoft facility that helps to produce Bing Maps imagery, where he toured the 5 petabyte data storage containers used by Bing Maps. He …

Back in June, at the same time as the initial rollout of Hotmail (which ended up taking until last week), a number of you were able to access Exchange ActiveSync for Hotmail.  Just as a refresher, here’s an explanation that

We told you this week about a new look for Bing Maps, which at first glance gave the maps a cleaner look, removed the white “glow” from around place names, added a “Dynamic” map type, and well, apparently a …

searchallianceThe Microsoft-Yahoo! Search Alliance continues to progress, and in a post on the Yahoo! Search Marketing blog, it looks like the organic (non-paid) phase of the transition is just about complete.  From the blog post:

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disqusAs you may remember, last year we switched our comment system to Disqus, and we’ve been really impressed with the difference it’s made.  We’re getting lots more comments than ever before, from a wider range of readers, and it’s …

With Windows Live Wave 4, along with a bunch of improvements, there were a few setbacks, noticeably with the absence of Twitter as a Windows Live Profile partner.  Unfortunately, due apparently to some changes in Twitter’s terms of service, Windows …

Thanks to Steve Clayton for keeping us up on the latest Live Labs news (you can follow Live Labs on Twitter – hey they’re hiring!), as they release a new project –Zoom.it.  Zoom.it is a simple way …

We told you last night about the new Lavender look to Bing Maps, and the new Dynamic map type with clickable place names.  Today, as expected (we love how Bing keeps pushing out the blog posts!!!), Chris Pendleton goes

Well Bing Cashback has come and gone, the last day was July 30, but although there doesn’t seem to be much of an official announcement, the guys at Search Engine Land have noticed that Bing Shopping is now free …

Been playing around a bit with the new Bing Maps, which have turned a nice Lavender color, and since there isn’t a blog post on the Bing Maps blog (yet), it’s been a bit of hunt and peck but we’re …

hotmaillogoA post on the Inside Windows Live blog tonight announces that the Hotmail Wave 4 rollout is now complete, and all 350 million users in 220 countries should now be upgraded.

Hotmail has already made some changes based on …

Apparently Bing Maps has undergone a bit of a facelift and has come out all Lavender-like:

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Here’s a comparison of the old view and the new:

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An interesting look, what do you think?  Check it out at maps.bing.com.…

When Windows Phone 7 debuts this holiday season, it’s going to need a well stocked Marketplace.  Microsoft is well aware of that, and has been scrambling to stock the shelves in anticipation of those holiday users looking to fill their …

In the past few months there has been a subtle shift in the way people are talking about Bing.  No longer just an upstart or just a joke, Bing’s clean look, picturesque home page and new ways of presenting information …