• Sweeping Changes At It's A Social Network!

    Microsoft’s portal will change significantly this evening. No longer will it be a simple search engine with a few other services bolted on. It’s now a social network, too, pulling in activity information and content from around the web. They’re also launching Windows Live Photos and Windows Live People, and other services. Check it out at A lot of… Read More

  • Microsoft Searches Jump 15% After Live Cashback Launch

    This isn’t enough data to declare Microsoft’s much derided Live Cashback search product a winner, but the first full month after it launched (June) shows a 15% gain in search volume v. the previous month, according to Comscore. This erases the previous month’s losses, bringing Microsoft up to 9.2% overall search share. Live Search CashBack gives advertisers the option of… Read More

  • Windows Live For Your Domain

    Microsoft has quietly launched a competitor to Google Apps for your domain, Windows Live Community Builder. The service offers customized versions of the Windows Live suite, including email, photo service, messenger, writer, livedrive and more for businesses or non for profit organizations ” looking to achieve deeper and more engaging connections with their community.” The… Read More

  • Windows Live Installer Thingy Coming This Week

    In June Microsoft said that they would soon be aggregating the Windows Live services into a single downloadable installer to give users an easy way to access the suite of services. Today the New York Times is reporting that Microsoft will release the Windows Live software suite sometime this week. The applications that will be included in the installer include Windows Live Photo Gallery… Read More

  • New Look & Feel, More Information On Windows Live SkyDrive

    Windows Live Director Tetuya Onoda apparently showed the above and below slides as part of a presentation yesterday to Japanese press. The slide above shows what the personalized home page may look like (compare it to the current version here). Still no sign of direct integration with Vista Gadgets (promised in early 2006), but there are are links to a number of Microsoft services… Read More

  • Time For More Live Drive Online Storage Rumors

    Microsoft’s upcoming online storage product, to be called Windows Live Folders (previously known as Live Drive), takes another step towards launch. We’ve been tracking the project for about a year. When the site does launch, look for it at More details, including screenshots, are at LiveSide, which somehow (briefly) got access to the site. There isn’t much… Read More

  • Microsoft Live Spaces Rolls Out New Features

    Microsoft Live Spaces (rebranded last summer from MSN Spaces) is rolling out some new features this morning and announcing recent usage updates. The enhancements are aimed at making Live Spaces more of a social network and less of a simple blogging/home page service. The changes should be live at 6 am PST. The main change is that the new home page when you log in shows what’s happening… Read More

  • A Comparison of Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail

    The Windows Live team announced today that they’re rebranding their new email beta to Windows Live Hotmail. We haven’t written about the application for some time, and this is as good an excuse as any to compare the current release to Gmail and the new Yahoo mail beta. The three applications, along with AOL mail, make up the vast majority of the 500 million or so webmail users… Read More

  • Microsoft Virtual Earth – Now in 3D and With Billboards

    Microsoft is unveiling its integration of detailed 3D imagery into its Virtual Earth this afternoon (see US users with Vista-ready Windows computers and IE 6 or 7 will be able to navigate through an aerial view of 15 select cities with enough detail to discern the texture of buildings and read clickable billboards from the likes of Fox, Nissan and John L. Scott Real Estate. … Read More

  • Microsoft SoapBox Just Launched

    The best way to hear about new Microsoft product launches these days is to read their employees’ blogs. First we had Stuart Padley’s quickly deleted blog post with some additional information about the upcoming Microsoft Live Drive. Tonight we hear that Soapbox, a YouTube-like user uploaded video product that we first heard about two weeks ago, may launch as soon as tomorrow. The… Read More

  • and Yahoo! bulk up for local search brawl

    A hefty list of new features were added to Microsoft’s Live Local Search yesterday and just tonight to Yahoo! Local. As both rivals get stronger, you can’t help but wonder what’s going to come after coupons for Google’s local search. Both Yahoo! and Live Local are looking good. Yahoo! Local
    Yahoo! Local now lets search users build personal collections of search… Read More

  • leaving beta, replacing MSN search

    Microsoft just put out a press release announcing the release from beta of Live Search and of in 47 markets worldwide. The release also says that Live Search will now power search on MSN. The changes don’t appear to have gone into effect yet, but they could at any time. Live is Microsoft’s key play for the future and new company leader Ray Ozzie has been a vocal advocate… Read More

  • Microsoft YouTube Clone Coming

    Microsoft’s new YouTube competitor will be all about user generated videos if its name, Soapbox, is any indication (Hunterstrat calls it “personal whine”). There aren’t many details yet, but LiveSide is saying this will be a MSN, not product, and will eventually be launched at The feature set includes: Upload videos in almost any… Read More

  • Microsoft Cries Foul At Stolen Interface

    Microsoft Expo’s project leader, Garry Wiseman, wrote a blog post earlier today criticizing Sina, one of China’s largest search engines, saying “ steals our design and graphics”. The post highlights the similar look and feel of Sina’s new classifieds site to a previous release of Expo, including the identical color scheme and a pushpin image that appears… Read More

  • Windows Live testing video search

    Windows is working on some interesting new features in their beta search service, most notably video search. It’s not on the front page yet, but on the section of the site ironically missing the word beta on its logo: Video search is hot right now: Google gave its video search a promotion to the front page two weeks ago, AOL’s new video site is big… Read More

  • Windows Live Drive Info: Deleted Post From Team Member

    Update: Microsoft PR sent me this statement: “Windows Live is a set of services built around people. Our major goal is to unify customers’ worlds so they have access to the people and information they want anytime, anywhere from any device. We are already making major investments in roaming scenarios with our services, as well as search and sharing scenarios across PCs and… Read More

  • Windows Live Writer

    Microsoft launched Windows Live Writer today. This is a free, downloadable application that runs on your Windows PC and allows you to write blog posts. Don’t bother clicking the link if you have a Mac, this is Windows PC software only. Since most blogging tools are web based and not all allow WYSIWYG editing (where you see on screen exactly how the blog post will look), Windows Live… Read More

  • Windows Live Spaces Launches, Replaces MSN Spaces

    Tonight at 9 pm PST Microsoft will announce the launch of Windows Live Spaces, a blogging and social networking site on the platform. As Microsoft phases out the MSN brand in favor of, they’ve moved services over one at a time to the new platform. Unlike Windows Live Messenger, though, which runs in parallel with MSN Messenger, Live Spaces is taking over MSN Spaces… Read More

  • IM interoperability: not just a dream anymore

    Microsoft just announced that today marks the first day that interoperability between its IM client and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice is available. Microsoft says this is the first time two distinct, global consumer brands have made their IM clients interoperable. The combined user base of nearly 350 million accounts is the world’s largest, the company says. IM interoperability took… Read More

  • New Features at Local Maps

    The online map wars continue to escalate, as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Mapquest compete to release new features – some aimed at usability, and some designed to be just plain sexy. We compared the online maps last month and thought Yahoo was the best overall, based largely on the inclusion of traffic data and the flexibility of their APIs. This morning, Microsoft will swing… Read More