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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

Category: Windows Live
May 28, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Can Microsoft get a big bang out of Bing?

As expected, Microsoft took the wraps off its overhauled search engine this morning, introducing a new brand name, Bing. The Wall Street Journal reported online that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer was demonstrating Bing at the Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, Calif. Here’s Microsoft’s release on the introduction. The Journal’s report said the…

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May 26, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Get ready to hear a lot about Bing, says Ad Age

It looks like Microsoft’s long-awaited revamp of Live Search is about to unfurl. Last week, word leaked out that the company would be unveiling its updated search engine, code-named Kumo, at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, which takes place this week in Carlsbad, Calif. Steve Ballmer is on the roster of…

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April 22, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Microsoft morning news roundup: Google’s netbook pops up, tidbits on social networking in Windows Live

Computerworld has some early info on Google’s Android software for netbooks, which would compete with Microsoft’s Windows software for the low-cost laptops built for basic computing like e-mailing and surfing the Web. Built by SkyTone in China, CW says, the new device undercuts most netbooks out there on cost, and should end up costing…

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March 17, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Routine Hotmail maintenance affects 1 percent of users, but all should be well now

A reader reported being unable to access Windows Live Hotmail and pointed to the Windows Live Help site, where other people have reported access problems in the last 24 hours. (I counted at least 15 individuals complaining in Recent Discussions threads dated March 17. A couple others report years of e-mail disappearing from…

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February 4, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Get ready for more Microsoft commercials, new spot to air during Grammys

The next wave of Microsoft’s big Windows marketing campaign is set to debut this weekend with a spot during the Grammy Awards. A Microsoft spokeswoman says in e-mail the next part of the campaign is called “Rookies” and Sunday’s spot will feature a 4-year-old girl using Windows Live Photo Gallery. More details to come…

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November 13, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Microsoft Windows Live is open to Facebook, MySpace, other social networks

One of the big questions to emerge from the news that Microsoft is partnering with dozens of Web services to position Windows Live as a central point for managing people’s online lives: Where’s Facebook and MySpace, the two dominant social networks?

Here’s what Chris Jones, the Microsoft corporate vice president in charge of Windows Live, told me via e-mail last night:

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November 12, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Full list: Windows Live to integrate feeds from 50 third-party Web services

Microsoft’s next iteration of its Windows Live online services suite will alert users any time one of their contacts posts a photo on Flickr, writes a blog on WordPress or a tweet on Twitter. The company announced tonight the integration of “what’s new” feeds, based on RSS, into many of its most popular Web services, such as Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger and a revamped, personalized Windows Live home page and profile page.

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