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  • Blog Post: New Plug-ins for Live Photo Gallery

    Thanks James for the heads up on the new plug-ins! LiveUpload to Facebook - Created by Will Duff .  LiveUpload to Facebook is a plug-in for Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta that makes it easy for anyone to upload their photos to Facebook. The plug-in takes advantage of the new people tagging feature...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Showcase: Toolbars Don't Always Have To Suck

    After writing about the Hotmail connector for Outlook , I decided to write about the Windows Live Beta offerings on a feature basis. Today is the first part of a multi-part series showcasing Windows Live and how the new collaboration enhancements can help you work and play better. We begin with a topic...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Live Writer 2.0 Beta

    Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Live.com , beta , blogging I just downloaded the new version of Live Writer, for some reason I was still using a pre-1.0 beta. For those of you who still use a browser to blog, using a dedicated application allows for a richer level of access to advanced features like...
  • Blog Post: London Blogger Meetup

    Since my boy James Senior has been living the good life in Seattle as the Live Services Evangelist, he’s kindly setup a great blogger meet-up with an all case of Microsoft technologists, managers and bloggers.   If you want to come, put your name on the wiki !   Some potential discussion topics...
  • Blog Post: Ina Fried of ZDNet Interviews Ballmer on Windows Mobile Strategy

    My favorite excerpt from this fun interview was the following: "What about full Web browsing? I mean, that seems to be the one feature of the iPhone that would also benefit business users. Ballmer: It sure would." Simple and blunt answering is Ballmer's style. Like him or hate him *most at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Firefox and Live Search Finally Play Super Nice

    One of the great features about IE8 is the way the search box is provider neutral allowing for a great search experience regardless of whether you use Google, Yahoo, Live, Amazon, Wikipedia, New York Times etc etc… So with one click, you can browse search results from any provider found on www...
  • Blog Post: Just Tafiti It

    I'm always amazed at how quickly the marketing department gets on a roll with great product names like Silverlight , Surface , and Popfly , only to crash into a proverbial brick wall with a name like Tafiti . what is that, like 5 syllabals? Regardless of our opinions on Microsoft naming conventions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Buys Video Social Networking Startup, WebFives.com

    Last friday, Microsoft took another step in improving its online consumer platform by purchasing WebFives. Webfives is an online rich-media blogging/social networking site geared towards filmmakers, musicians, and charities. It's technology is unique in that the site provides "digital-TV" quality content...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not About Backup, It’s About Sync

    In the last year or so, there has been a wave of activity in the storage service space. Companies new and old have been entering into the fray to tout their friendly, automated consumer backup solutions. Many names may ring a bell and are in the process of reinventing themselves to take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: Previewing Office Online Web Apps…”Impressive”

    Techcrunch has a really good preview of our new browser-based version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Onenote.  At the moment it is being rolled out for free to some Live Skydrive users.  The public beta is happening in early 2010 but if you’re a religious Skydrive user, it may be worth checking...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti Brightens Up SharePoint Enterprise Search

    Microsoft announced yesterday that Tafiti , the experimental Silverlight front-end for Live Search, has been released under the Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License *it's like BSD*.  Here is the announcement.   Internally this caused a lot of buzz on our enterprise search distribution...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Wave 3 Beta is Released

    Lots of updates with the new versions of Live Messenger, Live Writer, Search Toolbar, and Live Services integration.  Check it out!  Also, the branding and skinning of all the apps have become more unified so the look and feel is similar.   New Windows Live Betas – Download Wave 3 Now...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rookies – Alexa, Age 7, vs Allen, Age 76

    Talk about suspense.  Learn more about Rookies on the Microsoft website ! As usual, check out Windows Live Photo Gallery by visiting http://download.live.com and using it for FREE forever!
  • Blog Post: Digg Plugin for Live Writer

      This is exactly what I was looking for.  Leo Vildosola has written a great plugin that gives bloggers an easy way to add Digg button.  It seems to work well seeing as how I've just added the button with one simple click!  Now let's see if anyone will "digg" me.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Goes Yahoo!

    Eileen beat me to the punch on this one. I am excited by this announcement because some of my favorite sites on the Internet are Yahoo properties such as Flickr and Upcoming. I also hope that that certain technologies die off like Yahoo messenger. Here are few thoughts that have been swirling in my head...
  • Blog Post: Did You Know: Live Photo Gallery Does Panoramic Auto-Stitching?

    My cousin decided to get a new place and needed to post pictures of their apartment on Craigslist.  I suggested they try panoramic pics of their place to show the size of the apartment.  Being a lazy person, he didn't care, so I did it for him, mostly to satisfy my technical curiosity. The...
  • Blog Post: The New Face of Maps.Live.com

    Finally!  Today is the day I officially switch from Google Maps to Live Maps.  The new Live Maps has a host of new features, but more importantly it finally brings a better user interface to the world of online mapping *i.e. kicks Google's ass* The first improvement legacy users will notice...
  • Blog Post: Discover the Future of Visual Data Mining with Microsoft Pivot

    The world has too much information.  If you query any search engine for any topic, you will likely be greeted by millions of links of results.  Everyone knows that text cannot possibly be the end all, be all of data discovery.  Surely as the volume of unmanaged data grows, which grows...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Rookies – Alexa, Age 7, Shows Off Photo Stitching

    Following Kylie about the joys of using Windows Live Photo Gallery , Alexa shows off her talent.  Keep it up CPB!
  • Blog Post: Use Outlook Natively with Hotmail

    The new Hotmail Connector for Outlook was released a few weeks back, oddly I haven't seen anything written about it, hence this post. The connector gives the ability to use Outlook 2003 or 2007 with LiveMail/Hotmail natively. For those of you who were big Outlook Express fans *gag* , this was a native...
  • Blog Post: An Inside Look At Microsoft Research's New Building

    Scoble has a pretty interesting writing up about Microsoft Research and some of the projects they are working on!  Also there are a lot of pretty pictures of the new building! Interesting Comments About: Stuff covered in the tour: Microsoft Surface Collaboration Spaces Garage Car Counters Anechoic...