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  • Blog Post: From product planner to program manager

    This week I took on a newly created position at Microsoft, as community program manager on the Visual Studio Ecosystem team focusing on developer community for VSX (Visual Studio Extensibility). The VSX community includes developers who build add-ins (tools, editors, designers, languages, and more) for...
  • Blog Post: Spring of Windows Live sites, services, and products

    feedback.live.com has an updated list of Windows Live services for feedback (31 listed as of today, with some beta sites removed previously listed): Feedback Services Live Maps Live QnA Live Search Live.com Windows Live Account Windows Live Alerts Windows Live Call...
  • Blog Post: Summer of Windows Live sites, services, and products

    There are some cool new Windows Live web sites and services rolling out lately, including my favorite new one gallery.live.com . The new Windows Live Gallery is a great resources for users of Windows Live services, and also has a story for developers contribute to Windows Live Gallery , for developers...
  • Blog Post: Creating mashups using the Virtual Earth Interactive SDK

    One of the cool things we are doing with the Windows Live Dev site at dev.live.com is hosting mashups on the site itself for samples, documentation, etc. The Virtual Earth team recently released a new Virtual Earth Interactive SDK mashup at dev.live.com/virtualearth/sdk recently announced on the the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Dev launched in beta mode at dev.live.com

    The Windows Live Dev site has launched today in beta mode at http://dev.live.com . The Windows Live Dev site will be an dynamic and evolving web site as both a home for developers building on the Windows Live Platform as well as hosting mashups that uses technologies and services we provide. We will...
  • Blog Post: My first LiveSide.net podcast interview

    I was recently inteviewed in a LiveSide.net podcast by Chris Overd and Harrison Hoffman when they were visiting the Microsoft main campus in Redmond along with others from the LiveSide.net team. Refer to Interview with Ken Levy, Product Planner for the Windows Live Platform . Last week we sat down...
  • Blog Post: Talking about the Windows Live Platform at VSLive in Orlando

    I'm currently in Orlando, Florida speaking later this morning at the VSLive conference on the Windows Live Platform for developers in back to back sessions titled Modern Web Development from Mashups to IM-Based Bots. The updated abstract for the dual session is below: This session will go into details...
  • Blog Post: How Windows Live relates to MSN

    Recently, Mary Jo Foley of Microsoft-Watch.com interviewed Blake Irving , Microsoft Vice President, Windows Live Platform Group. The transcript is at Windows Live: The 50,000-Foot View and contains the excerpt below: M icrosoft Watch (MSW): When I define Windows Live (in ten words or less), I call...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Messenger Add-ins beta feature for developers

    Windows Live Messenger beta is now available for anyone to download and install, a public beta rather than a private beta. In our continued effort to empower developers interested creating components for customizing Windows Live Messenger 8.0 via the extensibility model, we have set up functionality...
  • Blog Post: Plans for improving live.com and lessons learned

    Rick Strahl blogged yesterday Live.com – I don't get it with good observations about performance and usability of live.com , as well as asking about what the goals are for the site itself. I read the blog post today and then forwarded it to people working on the live.com site (which is still in beta...
  • Blog Post: Searching on "Windows Live" using Windows Live Search

    There is a bunch of cool and useful new functionality on live.com , the Windows Live home page for Search, gadgets, and more. For some quick examples: Search Web for "Windows Live" General web search results on "Windows Live". Search News for "Windows Live" Search results filtered on news and article...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Experimentation Platform for Windows Live

    Yesterday, Ronny Kohavi (a general manager in Windows Live division) created a new web site at http://exp-platform.com/ . The Experimentation Platform will enable product groups at Microsoft and developers using Windows Live to innovate using controlled experiments with live users. Such a platform...
  • Blog Post: Rock stars continue to join the Windows Live band

    In 1988, I went to a Monsters of Rock concert at the L.A. Coliseum with headlining bands like Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica (my three favorite hard rock bands). Nearly 100,000 people where rockin'. In the spirit of an all-star rock concert, I want to highlight some of of the many great people who have...
  • Blog Post: Enduring adventures to Antarctica and Microsoft

    I was inspired to blog this entry based on a comment posted by Danny Thorpe on my recent blog post I made about Shackleton's adventure story in Antarctica, where he commented: If you have a yen for travel, it's possible to retrace Shackleton's steps yourself. Lindblad Expeditions runs an extended...
  • Blog Post: Slides from Windows Live Platform sessions at Mix06

    PowerPoint slide decks from all Windows Live (7 total) sessions from Mix06 are online at the links below. On demand videos of all Mix06 sessions will be going online soon. The Windows Live Platform: Build Applications That Have Access to 400 Million Address Books, and 13 Billion Contacts! Introducing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Messenger beta, blog, and business opportunities

    Windows Live Messenger is name of the next version of MSN Messenger. I started using the Windows Live Messenger beta recently, some cool new features have been added. You can Get the Windows Live Messenger beta and have real-time text, video and voice conversations, make free PC-to-PC calls with other...
  • Blog Post: Seattle Times: Microsoft "Hack Day" is creative play at work

    On Thursday April 6th, the Ideas Factory team in the Windows Live division at Microsoft hosted a 6 hour (3pm-9pm) Hack Day event. Details from the event were covered by Seattle Times technology reporter Kim Peterson in an article Microsoft "Hack Day" is creative play at work . The story made the headline...
  • Blog Post: Tim O'Reilly on Web 2.0 and TWiT.tv podcast on mashups

    What Is Web 2.0 by Tim O'Reilly Article: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software (5 pages). Inside the Net 13: Web Mashups on TWiT.tv Podcast: Takes a look at one of the coolest new phenomena to hit the net: web mashups (32 minutes).
  • Blog Post: MSDN Enhanced Search and Community Server Search

    I was browsing http://blogs.msdn.com/ scanning various blog posts on MSDN Blogs and found a blog entry by Buck Hodges's about enhanced msdn.com search . Buck's blog entry linked to http://lab.msdn.com/search/ which allows searching the following directly: msdn.com, MSDN Forums, Codezone, and MSDN Blogs...
  • Blog Post: Mashups in a Web 2.0 World

    There are two interesting and recently evolving wiki documents on Wikipedia.org : Web 2.0 and Mashups , both are related to each other. From the Web 2.0 wiki document: Web 2.0 generally refers to a second generation of services available on the World Wide Web that lets people collaborate, and share...
  • Blog Post: MIX 06 keynote video and other conversations

    You can view the entire MIX 06 keynote session video stream at Bill Gates Webcasts . In part of the keynote session, Tim O'Reilly interviewed Bill Gates on stage. This is a great energetic and informative interview, a good follow-up video interview from the recent one at Channel 9: Seventeen Minutes...
  • Blog Post: From Virtual Earth to the Moon

    The opening gambit slide in Brian Arbogast's session at MIX 06 on the Windows Live Platform was: Opening Windows Live services to create shared opportunity for developers and businesses. Later this week I'll continue to post more details from the Windows Live Platform demos I presented in that session...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Developer Center launches on msdn.com

    The Windows Live Developer Center on msdn.com launched Monday. Tip: Just enter msdn.com/live in the web browser address field as a short cut if you don't have it set as a link favorite. The Windows Live developer center site will be updated regularly. One of the high priorities for the Windows Live Platform...
  • Blog Post: Demo script for Mix06 Messenger bot at MIX 06

    I read Doug Seven's blog entry about the Windows Live Platform session Monday at MIX06 where he includes "The coolest part of the session was the demonstration of Windows Live Messenger Bots (which also work with MSN Messenger). You can test out the Mix06 bot by adding mix06info@hotmail.com to you IM...
  • Blog Post: Bird's Eye View of The Venetian Hotel at MIX 06

    I'll be posting several blog posts later today with news and information announced in the afternoon Windows Live session here at MIX 06 in Las Vegas. Check out a Bird's Eye View of The Venetian Hotel using Virtual Earth.
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