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About Darren Straight

Darren Straight a Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) and Windows Live Butterfly Expert is a University of Kent Student who is an avid blogger and technology enthusiast who loves the passion of beta testing new products and services from Microsoft.
Windows Live Hotmail Launched Worldwide

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows Live Hotmail, the successor to MSN Hotmail, is launching globally in 36 languages.

Hotmail Launches ‘Email Britain’ Campaign

To celebrate the UK launch of the new Windows Live Hotmail, the UK’s no 1 email service has announced a unique collaboration with the British Library, to create the first ever archive of British emails today.

Windows Live Search Executive Dane Glasgow Leaves
Dane Glasgow, general manager for Windows Live Search, is leaving the company to work for various nonprofits and spend more time with his family, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. Only last month did, Christopher Payne, VP of Windows Live Search, leave to start his own company.

Yahoo! Releases Upcoming.org 2.0
Great News for all you Upcoming.org fans, today the Yahoo Search Blog announced the release of Upcoming.org 2.0 which includes some additional changes and upgrades to Upcoming, including the integration of Flickr and the transition of Upcoming.org onto the Signle Sign in Yahoo! Local platform.

And this time Yahoo! seems to have sweeten the deal with a free offer of a T-shirt. However its only available to America and Canada.

Major Imagery Release at Live Maps / Virtual Earth

A major imagery release just went online at Live Maps and the Virtual Earth platform – 3.8 terabytes worth of imagery to be exact.

The 3.8TB update features dozens more cities of Birds eye coverage as well as some high resolution ortho imagery from the Ultracam and GlobeXplorer. And lots of European Birds eye coverage, including some countries that had not been previously covered at all. Here’s a list of all of the new coverage by region:

New cities with Birds Eye Coverage around the world:

Windows Live Hotmail M10 is on the way!

Looks like Windows Live Hotmail M10 is not far from being on the way, and with this new release brings some new changes:

MS Video HyperLink Technology Showcasing Kohl’s

Here’s some cool news.

It looks like Microsoft is now starting to implement its adCenter Labs Video HyperLink Technology with real world clients. The first signs of this come this week as MSN Entertainment shows of Kohl’s department store using the Video HyperLink Technology, which is an interactive video tool which provides more information about objects in a video when you click or even hover on them.

Microsoft Student Partners Applications 07/08 Now Open

As you probably know I have been a UK Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) for this Academic Year 2006/2007 at The University of Kent and well what can say, I absolutely love it. It’s everything I expected and a hell of a lot more!

Reuters News Alerts Through Windows Live Messenger

Today Microsoft and Reuters announce a deal which will bring Reuters News Alerts direct to consumers

@media 2007 Web Design Conference

The @media 2007 web site has just been launched, and you can now register to attend:

The Designertopia Conference from Microsoft

Hey have you ever heard of the Microsoft Designertopia Conference?

Microsoft Academy Marketing or Technical Program?

So as most of you probably already know by now, when I graduate from the University of Kent in June 2007 with my BSc Honours Degree in Information Technology, I want to work for Microsoft, more specifically in either the MSN or Windows Live Division!

Soapbox Launches Messenger Integration

Today the MSN Soapbox Team have launched a new activity feature that will alow you to watch Soapbox videos on Windows Live Messenger in real-time with your friends.

UK Vista And Office 2007 Launch Tour

Just noticed on Ian Moulster’s Blog that from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th January the Microsoft UK developer team will be touring the country to bring the story to many organisations of all types.

Share Local Info with BackofMyHand

Introducing an exciting new site called enabling you to become a local anywhere.

Unprecedented Holiday Traffic On MSN

Shoppers rang in the traditional start of the holiday gift-buying season with unprecedented traffic on MSN Shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Get Buzz, Earn Cash: ReviewMe

Just signed up for ReviewMe a new site for which Advertisers can get their Web site’s products or services reviewed by related Web sites/Blogs thus benefiting from valuable exposure, feedback, and viral buzz.

NBC And MSN Working Together

MSN and NBC Universal Digital Studios, a studio dedicated to creating original and unique programming for a wide range of digital platforms, have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement announced today by George Kliavkoff, chief digital officer of NBC Universal, and Rob Bennett, general manager of Entertainment and Video Services for MSN.

Windows Live Services for Hutch

Hutchison Essar and Microsoft Corp. have announced a broad scale mobile services alliance in India.

Photosynth Tech Preview

It’s been just a few short months since the Microsoft Live Labs Team announced Photosynth at SIGGRAPH 2006 in Boston and boy have they been busy!

Much Anticipated Vista Released to Manufacturing

As Microsoft Windows Vista (Build 6000.16386 “061101-2205″) is released to manufacturing (RTM) today – a significant milestone for Microsoft and its partners – anticipation is building around that all-important question:

Windows Live Product Upload

Looks like Windows Live Product Upload has silently launched into beta, shame you need to pre-register to access the beta though, check it out: http://productupload.live.com/

The Microsoft Max Project Is Over

Microsoft MAX, one of the very first examples of Windows Presentation Foundation in action has sadly concluded, however I’m sure we will see even more powerful things emerge from this closing soon, especially from Windows Live!

Microsoft and Novell Agree!

Well I’m watching the Live Webcast of Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmers announcement now and wow it looks like the partnership between Microsoft and Novell (Linux) as reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal, is True!