LiveSide is retiring, thanks for all your support

All good things must come to an end, and this blog is no exception. When Chris Overd, Matthew Weyer, and Harrison Hoffman founded back in December of 2005 (LiveSide’s first post was on January 3rd, 2006, and my first post was 9 days later, on January 12th), Windows Live had just been announced, and our posts were all about Office Live, Windows Live Expo, OneCare, and emerging details about something called the “Windows Live Messenger Phone“. Since then, we’ve covered the birth and death of OneCare and Live Mesh and Windows Live itself, followed MSN Search and Live Search and Windows Live Search and Bing (and even Kumo!), attended Mix-es and PDCs and Builds and more, got to meet Bill Gates and interview Satya Nadella, and break some news along the way.

But times change and people move on, and for the past year LiveSide has been mostly me. I still enjoy following the antics and still have something to say, but blogging has changed, too, and where LiveSide used to be the go-to source for anything Windows Live related, the competition has stiffened considerably. It requires an army of bloggers to keep up, not just one. So when an opportunity arose earlier this month to join as an editor, I knew it was time to move on.

Right now I’m in the process of moving LiveSide over to an archival home, which will happen by the end of the month. LiveSide will live on in archive form, but this is our last post.

We had a great 9 year run at LiveSide, and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Thank you so much for being there, our readers are what have made it all worthwhile. Hopefully you’ll follow me over to, where I officially start on December 1st. I’ve been lurking at WinBeta for a week or so, and they’re a good lot, really similar in a lot of ways to LiveSide. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey.

32 comments on “LiveSide is retiring, thanks for all your support

  1. BradChacos says:

    The end of one era, the beginning of another. Sad to see Liveside go but excited to see what you’ll come up with in the future!

  2. spragued says:

    Have enjoyed your work for a long time. Thanks so much and good luck!

  3. Greg Duncan says:

    Going to miss LiveSide… But congrats on the new gig and thank for all you’ve done over the years.
    BTW, is a new fav of mine, so I’m glad to see it’s getting a Kip power-up 🙂

  4. surur says:

    Sad to hear you are going.

  5. PGH says:

    Sad news. What’s your twitter name?

  6. Joeyw says:

    Sad news, thanks for all the hard work over the years. I’ll be sure to add to my Feedly!

  7. uberlaff says:

    Sad to hear that. This was such an easy site to follow because it was so focused.

    WinBeta is great! I’ve passively followed them before but will add them to my feedly to keep up.

    Good luck!

  8. boohooboohooboo says:

    as long as you archive the now-all-too-familiar pessimism and snarkiness… you’ll do fine at winbeta.

    1. Now THAT would be the end of an era! 😉

  9. markiz says:

    Have to day, it was obvious. It’s not a one man job. Have enjoyed the site in it’s time, good luck in what’s next!

  10. RichSpalding says:

    I won’t lie, I blame Liveside for my M$FT fanboism. For some reason once I found your blog and started to keep up to date with the interesting work MS was doing, I started to look forward to their product announcements and updates. True, Microsoft can’t come up with product name to save their lives, and Liveside was their to chronicle the changes and clear up confusions (Hotmail, Mail,, Windows Live Mail etc).

    Then MS started to get regimented, and Liveside became the benchmark in predicting when another Wave would hit us. It was a really fun time to be watching desktop applications start to become ‘apps’.

    With so much MS hate in the blogosphere Liveside has been a great place to come and read about the real success and real frustration with MS, whilst ignoring the anti-brand type rhetoric.

    Thanks for making it possible. It’s been a great, and your efforts have been appreciated. Cheers

  11. khurram arshad says:

    Really it is an end of an era. I will always feel proud that I was following and i saw this site providing huge informations and updates. When I shifted my all communication to / and moved up to windows 10 age, my first and second option / source was only….

    We will always remember this site in our heart..for the rest of our life…
    And Mr. Kip, we are not gonna leave you, whatever you join…..

    Best of luck and thanks to community

  12. bitpirate says:

    I am happy for you. I follow winbeta too and will be looking forward to your writing in winbeta.

  13. Gee says:

    Hope you’ll have fun at WinBeta !

  14. iamwarpath says:

    Liveside had news I wasn’t able to find at other sites. Sad to see you it but if you make Winbeta better, great.

  15. mayppong says:

    Thank you and past liveside bloggers for all the news over the years. You guys have been invaluable. I’ll be looking forward to reading your articles over at WinBeta.

  16. Jackaroo says:

    Sad to see. But at least you didn’t join WindowsCentral, under the patronizing lord of ego himself Rubino.

  17. johnnliu says:

    Thank you Kip.

  18. Greg Edwards says:

    Wow, Kip, it’s the end of an era. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in this blog over the past six years, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I’ll follow you

  19. This is a sad day for me as well. Still, I am happy for the value you’re going to add to WinBeta. I’ll follow you there and I’m looking forward to your articles !

  20. Joe Medford says:

    As a former butterfly, sad to see it go. WIsh you the best. Will try and follow you

  21. Khristopher Ranger says:

    I figured Liveside’s time was going coming to a close. I’m not surprised. Been a faithful reader since it’s inception! Good luck 🙂

  22. crestind says:

    Thanks for all the fish.

  23. Marc says:

    Thank you for all these years of great news and info, and I hope you have a great time at WinBeta. I’ll follow you there!
    Thank you!

  24. Philip Oberholzer says:

    Thanks for the news/blog site guys. But yeah, winbeta is pretty much the goto place these days for MS related tidbits and news. Good move. Thanks again.

    1. cleverclogs says:

      Gosh, thank you so much for your efforts in LiveSide. I’ve been reading this site since the very beginning, it’ll be sad not to read anything new here.

  25. Fred A. says:

    Really enjoyed reading you through the years Mr. Kniskern. Good luck, and will be seeing you at WinBeta. They are lucky to have you…
    Kind Regards,

  26. Thanks for taking care of LiveSide all these years, Kip. I really enjoyed this site more than any other Microsoft news site/blog. It’s been like the unofficial home for all of us old MSN Butterflies/Windows Live Beta testers.
    I’ve been reading also for years now, and I’ll be looking forward to your contributions over there.
    Also – Thanks again for sending me some LiveSide stickers a few years back. I’ll be displaying those for years to come. 😉

  27. Josh Jacob says:

    Been here since the beginning, liveside will definitely be missed but look forward to seeing you on winbeta Kip!

  28. benriga says:

    Good luck on the move to WinBeta…

  29. BrianGroth says:

    You were a great source of news when I ran the European efforts for Windows Live, plus you helped me announce Messenger TV (my little product) back in the day. Thanks for all the work and have fun at WinBeta.

  30. chinch987 says:

    Good luck with the move to winbeta & thanks for all the work in Liveside. It’s a great opportunity as your contributions & writing can really be invigorated by removing “running the site” & competing against an army of bloggers from the list of 24/7/365 chores. Best regards & happy holidays