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  • Blog Post: Moving my blog

    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth *Interactive* SDK

    How cool is this? Carter Maslan points to the Virtual Earth Interactive SDK : "The SDK is organized by the things you want to do , and each of those things is correlated to a live running sample, source code, and reference documentation - all one tab click away." You might provide the most wonderful...
  • Blog Post: Create BOT for Live Messenger, win cool stuff.

    Via Frank La Vigne - if you're into AIs and help / KB systems here is just the challenge for you (devs and ISVs from around the world are eligable, not just US, which is nice...) "Robots or "BOTs", are software programs that you can add to MSN® Messenger and Windows Live™ Messenger. If you add...
  • Blog Post: Feedback on Live Messenger

    Some cool demos at On 10 of the new Live Messenger . Chris has some more great feedback for our product teams. Don Dodge sees Live Messenger as further evidence of Ray Ozzie's infuence. AMCP Tech blog agrees . Jesse asks the team about plugins, given the Yahoo IM plugin news : "I quickly...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Developer Center, now live

    The Windows Live Developer Center site is now live at MSDN , where you can find stuff on the MSN Messenger API , MSN Search Web Services and more...
  • Blog Post: Ajax and Virtual Earth tutorial

    The Virtual Earth blog has posted some info on the first of a three part tutorial on Ajax and Virtual Earth . "Upon completing this simple tutorial you’ll have a mapping application built with the Virtual Earth map control that utilizes AJAX to asynchronously do a reverse geocode for the center...
  • Blog Post: Skype chats as RSS feeds

    I love this. Jaanus, a Skype employee, listened to the Attention podcast I recorded with Nick Bradbury of FeedDemon and Kevin Burton of Tailrank . "At Skype, we’ve always been toying with the idea of attention management. You already see elements of that in the current interface, such as the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Mashup videos

    John Musser over at Programmable Web has a bunch of links to some developer-focused videos covering Start.com gadgets (Live.com), MSN Search APIs, MSN Search Toolbar, Virtual Earth and some Atlas Ajax goodness. - Tags: MSN , APIs , Mashup , Web2.0 , Microsoft , VirtualEarth , AJAX
  • Blog Post: Mashup Feed

    John Musser : "ProgrammableWeb’s ‘mashup-only’ site is live: http://www.mashupfeed.com What is it? As the name implies it’s a site, a very small one-page site for now, that is only about mashups: recent mashups, popular mashups, mashup tag clouds, and some other miscellaneous stats about...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth v2 APIs for Windows Live Local

    Alex Daley has posted news that the MSN Virtual Earth site (now called Windows Live Local) will go 'live' on the web tomorrow (Thursday, December 8th). Press release here , coverage here and here . When it goes live (it hasn't yet!) you'll find it at local.live.com . I'm looking forward to playing...
  • Blog Post: How to make your own web mashup

    John Musser : "Have you ever looked at a mashup and thought you’d like to try your hand at making one someday? But perhaps you weren’t entirely sure where to begin, or, since you’re busy, how to get from concept to completed mashup quickly? Then you may want to checkout this site’s new guide: How...
  • Blog Post: MSN Search - searching for your input

    Brady Forrest of the MSN Search team is actively searching for anyone who wants to shape the future of their product. "A little over a year ago we began inviting groups of academics, bloggers, siteowners, and technologists out to Redmond to talk about search. We call them Search Champs . We usually...
  • Blog Post: MSN Messenger World's Best App Contest

    John Musser : "a number of entries for MSN Messenger’s World’s Best App Contest are now listed here under the Messenger API page . These extensions are built using their new Activity API and many of them pull and mash online data into the Messenger chat experience." John points out one of the...
  • Blog Post: Ajax / Atlas / Virtual Earth screencast

    Dan Goldfarb : " Dan has put together a very cool video tutorial for ASP.NET "Atlas " -- definitely worth checking out..." The sceencast shows use of Virtual Earth APIs too. Tags: ajax atlas virtualearth
  • Blog Post: eBay APIs: Innovation without barriers

    Just days after announcing its RSS news , now eBay has confirmed that it is dropping their charges for use of their APIs. This is big news, and as Josh says, a huge Web 2.0 announcement. eBay's developer program is already hugely successful. Today, there are 2 billion API calls a month and something...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Web 2.0 Manifesto

    In case anyone is wondering whether Microsoft has been paying attention to the disruption that some call (I do) Web 2.0 ... The most recent Memo from Bill and Ray makes interesting reading to say the least (courtesy of Dave Winer ). Ozzie's Memo is called The Internet Services Disruption . As part...
  • Blog Post: MetaWeblog API for MSN Spaces, beta

    MSN's Dare Obasanjo is inviting beta testers to the implementation of the MetaWeblog API for MSN Spaces : "Yesterday I sent out mail to a few dozen beta testers to let them know that we had started the beta of our implementation of the MetaWeblog API for MSN Spaces . For the uninitiated, the MetaWeblog...
  • Blog Post: Windows and Office Live: opportunities for third parties

    Forrester's Charlene Li provides some food for thought regarding the Windows and Office Live and the opportunities for third parties: "Q: Microsoft talked about having an open platform for developers. Is Microsoft really going to be open about this, or are they going to stick it to developers in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires FolderShare (for Windows Live)

    I love FolderShare . I loved it before Microsoft acquired the company (I had no idea we were in talks), and love it today. How does this fit with the Windows Live news? BetaNews : "A company spokesperson did offer BetaNews one example of how it envisions integrating FolderShare into future offerings...
  • Blog Post: Total Recall, MyLifeBits and my API

    Richard MacManus has few a suggestions on how Microsoft and Google can improve their 'Personalized Start pages'. But how far can all this 'my info' go? An IEEE Spectrum Online article gives a taste of a possible future detailing the Microsoft Research project ' MyLifeBits' : "For the past two...
  • Blog Post: more Windows Live stuff (pics)

    Mike Torres is linking to a bunch of cool pics relating to Windows Live stuff.
  • Blog Post: the day the great Microsoft mash-up began?

    Phil Wainewright at ZDNet sees the potential in the API / Live platform : "Most intriguing of all, though, is the mention of open APIs for the Live platforms. Perhaps I misheard this. Can Microsoft be seriously suggesting that partners and customers will be able to connect to these services from...
  • Blog Post: 'web as a platform' and Windows Live

    What a day! Had a bunch of the usual meetings but managed to get away in the morning to catch Dare Obasajo's internal presentation at Microsoft, the 'web as a platform' (he's works in MSN platform team). Interesting timing....as he did so, things of direct relevance were happening simultaneously in San...
  • Blog Post: Write a Gadget for Live.com and you might win an Xbox 360!

    Jeff Sandquist and team have been hard at work getting microsoftgadgets.com ready for today's ' Live ' date: " Write a Gadget for Live.com and you might win an Xbox 360! We need your help building our Live.com Gadget Gallery , it is easy to get started and for your efforts you’ll be entered...
  • Blog Post: Map Chat

    Ajax blog : "If you really want to see a cool “Web 2.0" application, look no further than this sweet visual world / global chat system built by The Midnight Coders . It pretty much freaking rocks." Midnight Coders: "...demonstrates bi-directional messaging between heterogeneous (Flash and...
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