December, 2010

Depending on which count you use, Windows Phone Marketplace has just, or is just about to top the 5,000 app milestone.  A steady stream of apps continue to be approved each day (with a bit of slowing over the holidays, understandable).  We should see quite a surge of …

LiveSide received an email today from Product Manager (Evangelism) for Windows Live Harrison Hoffman today (gee that name sounds familiar!), wishing us, and by extension you, a happy holiday season.  Harrison lets us know that Windows Live will be at CES, and while we’re not able to make …

In the first release of any sales numbers so far, Microsoft today in a press release interview of Mobile Communications Corporate Vice President Achim Berg, announced that 1.5 million Windows Phones have been sold from manufacturers to mobile operators and retail in the first month of availability.…

Planning a trip? Want to know some more about that city in advance? Check out Bing’s new destination pages.

The new feature assembles all the things you need to know to plan your trip, including flight information, hotels, attractions, local events, map and weather overview in one …

Thanks to a tweet from one of our Twitter followers, we noticed today that Bing Visual Search has a new, non-Silverlight look and feel, featuring (currently) 111 Visual Search Galleries:

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Included in the Featured Galleries are Bing Home Page Images, the Microsoft Store, Windows Phone

dear-santaNext month we’ll begin our 6th year of covering Windows Live news and information.  We’ve seen a lot come and go in the past 5 years (brought home by our recent move to WordPress which caused us to go back into the archives as we cleaned up urls …

Microsoft Security Essentials, released back in September 2009 as a free replacement for the subscription-based Windows Live OneCare, has been updated to version 2.0 today. The final release carries the build number 2.0.657 and includes new features such as:

  • Windows Firewall integration – During setup, Microsoft Security Essentials

While last week’s Reddit question and answer session was skewed heavily toward a desire for Microsoft to stick to standards (and leave all the social networking out), today’s announcement of Hotmail Active Views brings us another improvement to Hotmail that while it seems like a great idea, seems …

Mary Jo Foley posted on ZDNet today reporting that Microsoft is currently planning a major Windows Phone 7 update codenamed “Mango”, which may be shipped as Windows Phone 7.5 (it was also reported that Windows Phone 8 is codenamed “Apollo” and will ship sometime in late 2012). This …

Microsoft just brought us a major update for Bing today, and in particular for Bing Mobile for iPhone and Android, we’re getting updates such as OpenTable and Grubhub ordering and reservation, Streetside imagery, “check-in” functionality, and real-time public transit information. Interestingly, there were no mention of Bing Mobile …

Bing made news today, both for its “fall update” release of new apps for iPhone and Android, partnerships with OpenTable, GrubHub, and FanSnap, and deeper collaboration with Facebook, and also for a new set of search numbers from comScore showing more incremental increases for Bing’s US …

Unfortunately we are unable to attend the Bing Search Summit in San Francisco, but that doesn’t stop us from bringing you the news! Today at that Summit new features were revealed, and released!

These features are:

  • Mobile: The updated Bing for Mobile app on iPhone and Android

Last week at Le Web conference, Microsoft demoed Microsoft Montage. image Montage is a shareable, personal, visual album of the web. You are able to design your personal Montage around a topic by adding content that pulls information from a variety of sources including, RSS feeds, …

The Bing team posted on their blog today announcing a new feature update for Bing Travel – the addition of natural language search. When you type in a query such as “Flights from Boston to Los Angeles in June”, Bing will automatically fill in the flight search …

Good news for Windows Live users, and Windows Live plugin writers, a new page, apparently a replacement for Windows Live Gallery (gallery.live.com) has appeared, at http://plugins.live.com.  The new page will serve as a host for plugins for Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Movie Maker, and Windows …

Australia’s  biggest telco is considering migrating customers of its BigPond Internet service provider division from their own in house versions of email, photos and online storage to Windows Live, according to a post on Australian tech site Delimiter.

Delimiter quotes Telstra spokesperson Craig Middleton, saying that it …

Rumours around the web are saying to watch out for two of the upcoming conferences – Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, and Mobile World Congress in February – for announcements on the first and second major update to Windows Phone 7 devices.

Tom Warren on his personal …

We spotted a tweet today about a Hotmail “Ask Me Anything” session today hosted on Reddit.com, and while we weren’t able to attend, it looks like our friends from Hotmail got quite a bit of attention, and some direct and honest feedback from an audience of email …

A post today on the Windows Phone blog makes a couple of announcements: first, that developers will now be paid their first installment in the 4th week of January, instead of sometime in February as initially announced:

We are pleased to now announce that the first payouts for

Well this one is even more exclusive than the usual Bing “US only” announcement, but quite cool anyway: in a blog post today, Bing Maps has announced “Mall Maps”, which feature individual store locations inside of (mostly Washington State, with some New York and Boston locations, at …