Live Messenger Opens to Public

The Windows Live Messenger, previously available by invitation only (sort of), is open to the public starting at 9 pm PST tonight (Monday). It is available for Windows PCs only, must be downloaded wit

Microsoft QnA Enters Crowded Market

More Microsoft news today: has announced the upcoming launch of QnA, and a few screen shots have been conveniently leaked as well (see end of post). QnA is a question and answer service that

Microsoft Quietly Launches Froogle Competitor

Microsoft Live Products launched today at They’ve included retail products from 100,000 sellers. Like Froogle, Live Products is a commerce-only search engine/shopping comparis

Microsoft Live Shopping Launches – But No Firefox Shopping launched today (official blog post), and all I see is a big message saying they don’t support Firefox. It doesn’t work with Safari or Opera either (same Firefox error mes

Microsoft Live Drive may launch before GDrive

Microsoft is building an online storage service, code named Live Drive, says Ray Ozzie in an interview with Fortune: Microsoft is planning to use its server farms to offer anyone huge amounts of onlin Academic Search to Launch Tonight

Sometime after midnight PST academic search for will be launched at The landing page is there now, although the search results actually point to normal search unti

Google v. Microsoft: New Search Interfaces

Google and Microsoft both have new search interfaces in beta. Google is testing a new “green bars” interface to the left of search results, allowing easy linking to search results for the

New Look, Features for rolled out a new toolbar and website feature today, and the site has a somewhat better look and feel. New features include the ability to have multiple pages (a good thing), enhanced search,

Microsoft Expo Launches

Microsoft continues to roll out new services today. In addition to Street-Side, Microsoft just took the protection off of its much anticipated Expo classified listing service. See my previous

Killer New Service: Street-Side

Microsoft’s is launching a preview version of a new service called Street-Side today (link will be live around 12 PST today). Street-Side will augment the Live Local service and give st

Microsoft Office Live goes into Beta

Microsoft Office Live went into beta today. The service was first revealed at a Microsoft event last fall – you can see my post about it here. This is not an online version of Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Expo Expands Beta

Microsoft’s new classified product, Expo, has started to roll out additional beta testers. Expo is centered on the idea that people will trust others within a group, and so is allowing

New Services Shown at SearchChamps

I am visiting Microsoft HQ in Redmond this week for their SearchChamps event. Attendance requires the signing of an nondisclosure agreement, and most of what is discussed is non-bloggable. However, th

More Info on Microsoft "Expo" Beta

Microsoft has renamed its Fremont project to “Expo” and have put up a landing page, complete with a request for email once it launches. They have also included a screenshot: The Expo team,

Microsoft Live Local to Launch Thursday

Microsoft will relaunch Virtual Earth tomorrow under, around 9 am PST. This is a continuation of Microsoft’s rebranding campaign to place online consumer services under the Live.c

Microsoft "Fremont" to Launch

Microsoft will be beta launching a new web 2.0 service under the brand in the next few weeks. The final name is TDB, but the current project name is “Fremont” and the URL fremont.

Windows Live Email Service is a free new email service offered by Microsoft. It’s a simple but very useful tool. And, like Office Live, it is disruptive to the existing domain name registrar market (are t

Windows Live – More than an AJAX Desktop

I blogged my raw, unedited notes from the Microsoft press meeting today real time on CrunchNotes. One of the two major announcements was Windows Live (best viewed on IE of course). Office Live was als

Windows Live and Office Live

Microsoft is announcing Windows Live and Office Live, both online services, right now (10 am PST) at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. I am publishing my notes and pictures real time at CrunchNotes.