Sunday, July 30, 2006

Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta Direct Sign-up and Download

Following my post last week about Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta, I would just like to remind you all that Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta is available for public download by doing the following, this of course requires no invitation:

-Go to
-Find the tile for "Windows Live Mail Desktop beta"
-Click on "sign up" (if you're NOT signed in with your Passport email address)
-Click on "download" (if you ARE signed in with your Passport email address)
-Walk through the beta agreement and accept.
-Download and you're done!
-Be sure to sign into Mail Desktop with the Passport email address you used in step 3 and 4.

Fore more information check out the WLMDB Team Blog Post.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

New Microsoft Homepage Preview

Microsoft have a public preview of their new and upcoming home page (aka )

The new page dosn’t take up a whole page width (not on my monitor anyway) and is a whole lot more streamlined and a whole lot more JavaScript.

You can test it out right now-check it out here

Edit: Hey, Zack ‘ere. Just wanted to add, Microsoft are jumping on the “Web 2.0″ bandwagon, yeh Patrick’s right in saying there’s a lot of JScript, but it’s actually ‘Atlas’, Microsoft’s version of AJAX on the page. It’ll run as if it’s a Windows desktop in the end… but just as a web page… strange I know

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Italy win World Cup on penalties

Italy win World Cup on penalties

Italy beat France 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out to win the World Cup after an absorbing 1-1 draw in Berlin

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Windows Live QnA invites go out

Windows Vista beta testers, living in the US (yes, yet another US only beta), got a little present in their inboxes tonight in the form of a Windows Live QnA invitation. Drawing on the Vista tester database is a clear attempt to build up a lot of good, accurate technical content early on for QnA. The invitation encourages testers to share info about downloads, swap sofware tips, and share their Vista knowledge.

At first glance, QnA is a great concept. The system is very simple:

1. Someone asks a question.
2. Users submit answers to the question throughout a 3 day answering period.
3. Users vote on the best answer and a "winner" is determined. That answer is then accepted as fact.

The results from these questions will be used on Windows Live Search to help simplify searching.

The execution of this process on is lacking a little bit. Loading the front page of QnA took about 40 seconds by my watch, during which time IE 7 stopped responding completely. I don't know about everyone else, but for me, 40 seconds is way too long to wait before I can even click something on a webpage. has also suffered from performance issues, which has largely stifled its growth and impaired its ability to explode into mass use.

Although, I'm sure that the performance issues will be addressed and fixed, this is essential to the success of QnA. To contend with competitors such as the already established Yahoo Answers, the site needs to work flawlessly.

If you can get past the slowness of the site, the concept is there and it works. I look forward to watching QnA develop and improve since the idea is sound and the service has great potential.

Discover Windows Live Spaces

Discover Windows Live Spaces

Thanks to Darren Straight who found this post by Satoshi, and a new web site – The annotated screenshot provides a few clues about the new version, in addition to a cleaner, Windows Live looking UI. Looks like you can comment and tag photos, initiate a Windows Live Messenger session from within Spaces, see Msgr online status, and have more control over the title position. Can’t wait to see more.

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