Opinion

Or more precisely, why are there so many Windows Live home pages? A blog post on Windows Live Wire the other day announced:

As you probably know by now, Windows Live Home is the central page for Windows Live on

Larry Hyrb, known to the Xbox Live community as “Major Nelson“, revealed that he will be in a meeting next week with Ray Ozzie, among others, to talk about the future of Live Services at Microsoft.  Major Nelson …

Today I saw a somewhat interestingly timed post about MSN’s profitiability, or lack of. The analysis is based on the Online Services Business (OSB), which is split out as one of the reportable segments in Microsoft’s annual and quarterly company …

On Wednesday, I’ll be at “Searchification” where Microsoft will be presenting their improvements to Live Search, some of which we’ve already seen.  While even the likes of Mini Msft seemed to be pretty impressed by what they saw …

So there is a lot of talk going on about the EU anti-competive ruling today that upholds almost the entirity of the previous EU ruling. Here’s my three point summary why this ruling has been good already for Windows Live …

OK the truth is I really wanted to rip the NY Times article for what it was, a PR hack job.  An embarrassingly bad PR hack job, at that.  But then first of all I’m only some guy who’s been …

As if we needed to see the gulf between Google and the rest, the Windows Live SkyDrive rename and update has only just hit the top of techmeme and yet Google has already updated its index and ranking and is …

With the Windows Live Wave 2 rollout expected this autumn/fall, Kevin Johnson describes it as “the must-have free upgrade to the Windows experience.” Is Kevin being optimistic or is there enough available already to warrant this description?

The launch of …

The latest comScore numbers, showing Live Search holding steady, but not gaining, at 10.3% of the market share, seems to indicate that Live Search isn’t succeeding.  Yet as was pointed out a couple of weeks ago, a 10% share

If you looked back 18 months at the discussion around Windows Live, MSN and Microsoft’s search strategy, the current market-share situation is almost counter-intuitive to what was largely expected. They area of most focus has been search, yet despite large improvements made …

When Microsoft announced the renaming of WPF/e to Silverlight two weeks ago, it was a first indication that maybe there was something different about this new Microsoft product.  A name that “gets it”, one that defies the ridiculous Microsoft naming …

As you know, most of us at LiveSide are Microsoft MVPs, and attended the MVP Summit last week.  It was an interesting experience, to say the least.

We’re enthusiasts.  We all use Windows Live products. We follow it incessantly, spend most …

One of the reasons why we started LiveSide was to help to build a community around Windows Live, to share our thoughts and views with those who were interested in what Microsoft had to offer, and hear what they had …

Really.  At some point this has just got to stop.  Someone has got to get enough Kahunas at Microsoft to figure out a branding strategy for Windows Live, stick with it, and get on with the business of building a brand …

It’s been a little over a year since the Windows Live initiative was announced, in November 2005, and a year since we started LiveSide.  Harrison has looked back on what the first year was like – lots of name changes, …

We’ve just started up an opinion blog to run alongside the blogs we have running already. Why? Because we feel that there are subjects we’d like to discuss in more detail and depth than we can do in our usual …

When Microsoft introduced Windows Live a little more than a year ago, a couple of questions immediately popped up; what is Windows Live, exactly? and why is it different than MSN?  A year later, those questions haven’t been answered.  Yes, there has …