September, 2010

The Wall St. Journal has posted an interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and when asked which of the two (Apple or Facebook) he considered to be the biggest threat, Schmidt had some very interesting things to say…about Bing:

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We’ve already shown you 3 comparison videos (Windows Phone 7 vs iPhone 4 and Android) in a previous article, but today another interesting one turned up that we didn’t want to hold back from you. Here it is, a …

The biggest wish/request from the WP7 Dev Community for Windows Phone 7 Tools and platform has been granted:

You can now download the Visual Basic CTP for Windows Phone Developer Tools. Provided in this download are all the templates,

Office Web Apps, only a little more than 100 days old, already has had 20 million users view, edit, and share Office documents on the web.

Today they’re releasing a number of new features, including embedded Excel and PowerPoint docs, …

The still fairly new Hotmail has gotten a string of smaller updates. Some were planned, like push email, calendar, and contacts through Exchange ActiveSync, but others were the results of feedback received and acted on during the rollout: right-click …

Out of the ashes of Bing cashback rises Bing Rewards, a new program launched today in the US that offers up merchandise rewards or a chance to donate credits to education charities for using the Bing Bar:

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Or at least it is here.  We told you this weekend about a new feature (and a name change) for Windows Live/Hotmail Calendar, and it looks like the weather bits are live:

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The Hotmail Calendar now features a 5 day …

We know that at some point a new version of Windows Live Essentials is coming.  For one thing, it’s in beta, and fortunately for us Windows Live applies the beta tag a bit more judiciously than some other services *cough* …

AlertsWell this is kind of sad.  A notice on Alerts.Live.com today is announcing that Windows Live Alerts will shut down:

Thank-you for your interest in Windows Live Alerts. After much consideration we have decided to discontinue this service as part

The first download numbers for IE9 are in, and according to the Exploring IE blog, over 2 million people worldwide downloaded the IE9 beta.  The blog post compares that with the launch of IE8, where it took 5 days …

Twitter follow recommendations that is. The team calls this People Recommendation:

With Twitter growing to more than 145 million accounts, finding interesting people to follow can be difficult. People Recommendation on Bing Social helps you discover interesting and relevant

Over at meraTechPort, our friend Vasudev put together a nice collection of the latest Bing TV ads for the Australian market, all sporting the tagline “Look less, find more”
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Nice job Vasudev!  You can check out all 5 YouTube …

Windows Live CalendarWindows Live Calendar was updated to Wave 4 back in June 2010, but it left many disappointed as the only updates it received since Wave 3 was the addition of a mobile counterpart. While the Calendar backend was …

Microsoft today announced “the further international expansion of Zune”, expanding the Zune software and variations on Zune Marketplace and Zune pass to a number of new markets:

The fall 2010 international expansion of the Zune music and video service

Looks like lots of you are trying out IE9, we’ve had over 2,500 visits from the new beta in the past 2 days, and looking forward to that number growing.  We’ve been fairly impressed with the speed changes, and the …

Now the Windows Phone 7 SDK went RTM, the Windows Phone Training Kit for developers also got updated to the RTM version of the tools.

Due to the size of the Training Kit, and to make it easier for you …

Channel 9 is the developer focused video/forum/news site on MSDN that allows us to peek behind the curtains at the people behind the software at Microsoft.  Today they’ve unleashed a totally rebuilt website, built on ASP.Net MVC with a clean …

In a race to get a post up before the battery dies/wifi craps out/the plane boards, we’ll make this one quick, even though the announcements are significant.

First, some Bing news: Bing has (finally) added public transportation information to Bing

 

Been asking a few question from our Twitter account about IE9, as with one dead laptop battery, spotty hotel internet (we’re at Starbucks now),  and holding some great conversations with Softies and others on IE, Windows Phone 7, San …

The Bing Team is very excited about the new capabilities in IE9 and how they can be used to provide a very rich search experience. The concepts they’ve shown at the launch event will be made available in preview …