Opinion

Yesterday in a blog post, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof called for a boycott of Bing, because of the way it handles Chinese characters searches outside of China when searching for politically sensitive (to China) material.

Today in a blog post on the Search Blog, Adam

microsoft-yahoo We haven’t been commenting much on the buzz surrounding Bing’s first month numbers, partly because we’ve grown a little tired of “woohoo a .4% increase” posts, partly because we’ve been stuck in the real world a bit this summer, and partly because we’ve been waiting for the …

OK so the official start of summer isn’t for a few weeks, but Microsoft is facing its most important period in perhaps its entire 30 year history, as initiatives in all its important consumer and online services come together.  How they do will do much to shape Microsoft’s …

Delicious Cherries! In the next few weeks, we’re going to be hearing a lot about Microsoft’s new brand for search.  We pretty much know it won’t be called “Live Search” anymore, and we’re hearing again and again that it won’t be called Kumo, either.  It doesn’t take much digging to …

logo_yahoo Way back last February, when Microsoft first made a public offer to buy Yahoo!, part of what they were after was the brand.  Microsoft executives have been almost happy to point out that they have a brand problem, especially, according to them, with Live Search. At the time, …

It’s easy to forget sometimes (especially living 40 miles from Redmond, like I do) that the whole world doesn’t work, or live, quite the way you think it would from reading Techmeme headlines.  In a number of markets Windows Live (again, especially Messenger) dominates.  An article in today’s

It wasn’t so much different for Benjamin Disraeli over a hundred years ago when he complained about three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.  We’ve seen lots of numbers thrown about in recent weeks.  We’ve been following the news (and rumors) of Microsoft layoffs, Apple

Live_Mesh 2008 brought us an early look at Live Mesh, at its core a way to synchronize data across devices and into the cloud, using a set of RSS extensions now known as Feedsync.  Starting out with the ability to sync data between pcs and a 5gb storage space …

iphone Lots of changes in mobile in the past year, unfortunately not many of them related to Microsoft.  Yes, Windows Live for Mobile offers some real advantages for Windows Mobile phones, but the iPhone turned the mobile world on its head.  In fact just about everyone but Microsoft has …

While 2008 took a decided turn for the worse economically, it actually was a pretty good year for Windows Live and Microsoft’s live services.  While Microsoft didn’t succeed in acquiring Yahoo! or its search business, the early part of the year was dominated by all the MSFT-YHOO drama

Of all of Microsoft’s live services, Live Search could be far and away the most interesting story of 2009.  New leadership, increased pressure to perform, lingering questions about a Yahoo! search deal, the coming of age of new technologies, and quite possibly even a whole new name are …

Microsoft announced today that Qi Lu, who left Yahoo this summer after 10 years as head of the search business there, will be joining Microsoft on January 5.  In a memo to Microsoft employees today announcing the hire, CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that “Qi will oversee all efforts …

Microsoft announced today that after June 30, 2009, Windows Live OneCare will be shut down, and that Microsoft is working on a new, free, small footprint anti-virus solution code-named “Morro”.  Ina Fried at CNET News and others have been playing this as somewhat of a bold move by …

So our post earlier in the week with all the Wave 3 download g-links may have annoyed a few people. Or more than a few people. But hey, we’re only fulfilling our roles as both fans and bloggers. Translucency versus transparency only gets you so far. And …

Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta 

Windows Live Messenger 9 Beta

Windows Live Mail Beta + Calendar integration

Windows Live Movie Maker Beta

Windows Live Writer Beta

Windows Live Toolbar beta

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Earlier this week Apple held an event to announce the new lineup of iPods, an event which has been breathlessly anticipated in years past.  This year, reaction was lukewarm, and the stock price dropped 4% immediately after the event.  This year, unlike years past when nothing was known …

It’s been three years almost since Windows Live was launched back in November of 2005, and the road from there to here has been anything but smooth.  Almost from the beginning, no one could seem to answer the simple question “what is Windows Live?”.  Rather than usher in …

No its not the 1st of April, Microsoft sent us (and mess.be again) a takedown for the Messenger Wave 3 screenshots posted on 11th August. If you’re wondering what the email looked like, check out this sample notice. Ours was from the same individual too, however as …

There has been several debates raging today about the Olympics coverage from various media outlets thus far, and in particular regarding NBC in the US, who Microsoft have partnered with (see NBC doesn’t feature Bolt, has Silverlight take-up really done that well). While its still to …

Just thought I’d do a little promotion for one of our old friends, Steven Sinofsky, who is now blogging with John DeVaan over at Engineering Windows 7 (or e7 for short). There’s a welcome post up already, which leaves you in no doubt as to their intentions for …