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  • Blog Post: Windows Live Quick Apps - Mashup apps with source code

    Steve Ballmer announced today two example apps that show off how to put the Live Services we have on offer to use. The apps "Contoso Bicycle Club" and "Contoso University" were developed by two UK Parters, AWS and Conchango in association with Microsoft UK. They incorporate many Live Services some of...
  • Blog Post: Mix UK Videos Up

    Woah been a busy past couple of weeks.  Been doing Windows Server 2008 events up and down the country and moved apartment so been up to my eyeballs!  Although I didn't move far it was fairly stressful and I'm now left with a weekend of unpacking.  Oh and joy, there was no BT phone line...
  • Blog Post: Liveside gets Live ID'd

    The definitive site for all things Windows Live has gone and made the obvious step of allowing Live ID authentication to its site. Well done chaps, I hear it took some long hours but it's worth it. Any chance of a tutorial showing how you did it so we can follow along?
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Training Kit

    Last week we released the Azure Services Platform Training Kit.  There’s content aplenty including Decks, Demos and Labs – so much goodness it’s almost untrue! Here’s the a la carte menu: The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Services Connector – from Active Directory to the Cloud, seamlessly

    Dr Logan has posted about resources that will help you get your head around the Microsoft Services Connector which lets your business users connect using their active directory domain accounts with no fuss to services in the cloud that they can then consume, yum, yum.  Key thing is – no extra logins...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services: Greater than the sum

    Great new video on S+S and what the S+S vision is.  Love how they dropped the “Mesh” word in right in the middle :-) I like the phrase “code into commerce” too… There’s another video gem on the site S+S site too (which has been revamped to mirror the Windows design) which is worth checking out too...
  • Blog Post: New Live Services sessions released for Mix09!

      Dr Angus and I have been working hard on new sessions for Mix.  Some of them have been published today over here:  http://2009.visitmix.com/Agenda/Sessions.aspx Make sure you register early and I’ll see you in Vegas! :-) Mesh-Enabled Web Applications Come learn how to extend your existing...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services “How Do I” Videos

    Get your head around the Azure Services Platform in the videos we’ve just released on MSDN.  We’ve got Windows Azure courtesy of Dr Aiken , .NET Services courtesy of Sir Nigel Watling and Live Services on the scene thanks to myself and Angus Logan . Get the downloads here: http://msdn.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Running Mesh Beta Client at the same time as Live Framework CTP Client

    For those of you who are busy developing applications for Mesh using Live Framework, you will be aware of the problem that until now you couldn’t run the Mesh Beta Client at the same time as the Live Framework CTP.  Fortunately, we’ve put together a workaround that allows your to run both alongside...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Live Services and Virtual Earth

    I just finished putting together some info for a partner who was interested in learning how and why to develop their applications incorporating Live Services and Virtual Earth etc. I thought you might be interested, so here it is: Virtual Earth Interactive SDK http://dev.live.com/virtualearth/sdk/ Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Pro Photo Tools

    Chris has details on the recently released Microsoft Pro Photo Tools that provide extra functionality beyond Windows Live Photo Gallery.  The Microsoft Pro Photo Blog provides some more insight on what the tool can do: Microsoft has released the first version of Microsoft Pro Photo Tools with geotagging...
  • Blog Post: Code using Live Search APIs and win $10k

    The Live Search team have just launched a cool competition in partnership with the Gnomedex conference where developers can win $10,000 and other cash prizes that have in impact on the economy or earth’s ecology.  The only caveat is that submitted applications must use Live Search APIs! You can...
  • Blog Post: Reflections on Ray

    I arrived back in San Francisco last night after a great conference in Atlanta, and despite being a little drained (totally my own choice) I couldn’t help be excited by two particular keynotes I saw.  Firstly Craig Mundie gave some insight into some of the advances we are making in Surface and showed...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Messenger Control and Presence API

    Angus has just announced information on his blog about how to incorporate an IM chat window in a website, for example a blog. With this, as a Live Messenger user, you can receive IM's from people that visit your website which is a great way for people and businesses to get in contact. This won't be for...
  • Blog Post: Live Framework Walkthrough Guides

    This week I’ve been exploring more and more of the Live Framework and playing around with building some demos and samples.  To help me out I’ve found the Live Framework Walkthrus really useful: Walkthrough Resource Model and Feeds Walkthrough MeshApp Walkthrough Extending the Resource Model Walkthrough...
  • Blog Post: Live Services Jumpstart

      Hop, skip and jump start into Live Services with these 2 day technical courses on how to build amazing consumer web applications and unlock the critical mass of users quickly to make your idea fizz. There are 11 locations around the world where we’ll be handing out the knowledge and knowhow so...
  • Blog Post: Live Services How Do I Videos

    Now in embedded flavor right here on the blog, enjoy: If you can see this, your browser doesn't understand IFRAME If you can see this, your browser doesn't understand IFRAME
  • Blog Post: Live Maps in the UK - normal service is resumed

    You'll be glad to hear that Live Maps UK is no longer redirecting Multimap - well done for all your feedback - we made a difference and changed their mind! Power to the people!
  • Blog Post: Trouble logging into http://developer.mesh-ctp.com?

    Running up to Christmas we dished out quite a few new Live Mesh Tokens to people who were waiting in the line.  To sign up for a developer account (enabling you to code against Live Mesh and Live Framework) you needed to visit http://lx.azure.microsoft.com (The Azure Services Developer Portal) and...
  • Blog Post: Defining Azure and Ignoring Live Services at your peril

    Windows Azure Steve found a rather honest and down to earth description of Windows Azure on The Register.  I particularly liked their take on SQL Services (SQL Service that is managed for you by Microsoft): Giving you access to a straight-up hosted Microsoft SQL Server would be too useful, so in...
  • Blog Post: Live Services Jumpstart Training Videos

    Couldn’t make it to the Live Services Jumpstart training earlier this year?  Don’t fret, we’ve just published the recordings from these sessions on the Live Services Developer Portal. Go download, learn, enjoy and create wonderful things: http://dev.live.com/training
  • Blog Post: Mesh and the Imagine Cup

      This year Mesh is in the thick of the action with the Imagine Cup 2009!  This year the competition is in Egypt and we’re excited about the cool apps that students are going to build using the Live Framework and Mesh Services, Contacts and Profiles. Here’s the scoop on Mesh from the Imagine...
  • Blog Post: Photo stitching at Mix UK 07

    I'm just prepping a demo for tomorrow and am going to include the new panoramic photo feature in Windows Live Photo Gallery which you can download as part of the Windows Live Pack which wraps up all the various Live apps and puts them in a convenient and easy to use installer. With the new version of...
  • Blog Post: Live.com velocity

    Interesting eye chart from Compete.com which shows the "velocity" of Live.com relative to google.com and yahoo.com. For those of you who don't know, Live.com is Microsoft's internet search engine. Compete.com describe velocity as: Velocity is an effective way to measure the impact of planned (or unplanned...
  • Blog Post: Live Messenger: our network is your network

    I was doing some background reading on Live Messenger today via Wikipedia and it said that the first version of messenger (then MSN Messenger) came out in 1999! wow that seems so long ago, and look how much has changed since then! Above – Messenger then and now. Since then, we’ve had many new versions...