Opinion

Update: Live Mesh is a product that has seen numerous updates during the year so far. Check out the launch, our sequence of 3 detailed reviews, our interview with David Treadwell, get invites or view the most recent Live Mesh posts here.

Ray Ozzie …

kipatmix I’m not a road warrior.  I’ve attended three Butterfly Tours, two MVP Summits, two Gnomedexes, and some various one day events (mostly in Redmond), but this is the first big tech conference I’ve attended outside of Seattle.  Just to get the logistics out of the way, I had …

So with only a few days to go until Mix08 starts, we thought it was time to take a quick look at the keynoters and join the dots to what we think they will be showing:

 – Dean Hachamovitch – Internet Explorer 8 beta, yes no real guessing required …

The Times of London is reporting an admission by Microsoft that problems that surfaced two days ago in signing in to Windows Live services continue for some, in spite of Microsoft’s proclamation that the issue had been resolved.  In a statement to the Times, Microsoft said:

In a

I keep dropping stuff in both the NewsGator Clippings folder and del.icio.us on our MSFT-YHOO page, but since Dare was kind enough to work up a chart I was just thinking about, I thought I would add a few thoughts of my own (as well as a …

In our conversation with Bill Gates at Mix n Mash last December, Jonathon Snook opened up a can of worms by asking Gates about Microsoft and innovation:

Jonathan Snook: There’s a myth that Microsoft doesn’t innovate. How do you feel that Microsoft can change that attitude?

BILL

Yesterday, another one of our favorite but seemingly long lost Windows Live blogs, Inside Windows Live Messenger, posted (first time since Dec. 5, woohoo!) an announcement that version 8.5 of Windows Live Messenger is to be pushed out to anyone who hasn’t upgraded yet, through Windows Update.  …

As Microsoft and Yahoo! continue to entertain us with what is becoming great high theatre, we’ve been hearing a couple of themes repeated over and over by the bloggers and journalists.  First, that this acquisition is some kind of desperate act by Steve Ballmer and Microsoft, a last …

yahoo The Microsoft-Yahoo! deal, when and if it is finalized, will bring on many changes to branding across offerings from both companies.  Some have speculated on the end of Windows Live, replacing it with the Yahoo! brand, but I don’t think so.  Microsoft’s strategy to use Windows Live as …

y3Today’s announcement by Microsoft that it is offering $31/share to purchase Yahoo! outright sees Microsoft doing the right thing at the right time.  Why?  For a number of reasons, not the least of which being that Microsoft has been planning this for quite some time.  The first indication …

Data portability is an idea long championed, and becoming more important all the time.  As we continue to load our online lives on to various social networking sites, the concept of making it easy to get that information back off again, and re-using the information on the next …

Fortune Magazine’s blog post "The hard side of Mr. Softie", where some old school strong arm tactics are ascribed to Microsoft in trying to get startup  Web 2.0 companies to use Windows Live Messenger is interesting in a couple of ways.  Dare Obasanjo (and some commenters …

We don’t cover Xbox Live enough here on LiveSide, but we’ve been following the news of some problems in accessing Xbox Live over the holidays.  In a nutshell, apparently Xbox Live couldn’t keep up with unprecedented traffic, and connections have been spotty.  From an email from Marc Whitten

Its at this time of year that people post their yearly recaps and scorecards, whilst looking ahead to the following year. While I’ve seen a generic Microsoft 2007 scorecard and a reminder of the branding mess that Microsoft created for itself in 2006, I haven’t seen much else relating to Microsoft’s online services (tip us

So yeah it’s kind of a slow news week, not much happens just before the holidays, when things will really shut down.  But there’s been quite a conversation going on among the blogs about Enterprise v. Consumer/Microsoft v. Google/Old Way v. Web 2.0, which kind of started when …

Being in the same room with Bill Gates, while it wasn’t breathtakingly nerve-wracking (he is, after all, a geek, and we weren’t there for a performance review, we were just lucky enough to be able to ask him a few questions), we were all still a little …

Some seemingly non-news coming out of the Wall Street Journal tonight, saying that Google is readying their online storage product, commonly referred to as GDrive. The Journal doesn’t offer any really new information, saying only in the publicly accessible copy:

Google is preparing a service that would let

Conspicuously missing from all the wave 2 upgrades and marketing for the new look Windows Live has been Live.com, the one time personalized home page of the future.  Once the golden child of Windows Live, touted as the future of the home page, then mired in …

Hmm I seem to have created a bit of a stir over at MSN Groups.  When I posted this week on the Spaces worldwide numbers, I mentioned Windows Live Groups, and it was picked up at Managers Helping Managers, an MSN Group for Group managers.  They’re concerned …

One thing the LiveSide Stickers Around the World project really brought home, for someone who lives and breaths a US-centric life, was how much goes on in the world that is not neccesarily happening in the US.  I watched Robert Scoble whiteboard the Techmeme phenomenon recently, and noted …