Archive for the ‘Live Beta’ Category

Gmail Mobile is Sexy

November 3, 2006

But it doesn’t work with T-MOBILE USA!!! It kind of reminds me of something Microsoft would do…. Brag about a new feature, get lots of coverage, tout the wonders, and then make it work for everyone. Now don’t get me wrong…My Google Mobile Maps application is cool even if the traffic is not updated properly. My Google Mobile Chat is cool (it follows me EVERYWHERE I go). I would love to have Google Mobile Gmail too….It’s a great way to control the synchronization from Google’s standpoint.

Of course if they would ditch the Microsoft like control and open up gmail to LEMONADE or OMA-DS things would be much better and easier to get device support on….then Google could work on porting Google Mobile maps to the Windows Mobile platform.

WiFi Live Center Beta 3 – details

October 2, 2006

alright…. finally checking this out….

I had to set up my donations to this important fund…..

It is ok, not a lot of new features, and as I thought the new “Live Look” is lame, I am getting sick of the live look and feel. I think it is a great marketing effort and certainly is valuable for people to understand what kind of application they are in and what they should expect from that application. The flip side of that thinking is that it is tiring and old and not customizable…which, well, ugh another blue border?

Driving directions are still coming soon :(

“Print this”, just sends to the default printer…….I want to choose which printer

The pop-out details screen is not movable…it pops out and stays in that same place on the screen (annoying)

I still think this is a great technology though!! very usefull! I was talking to someone just last week who was in need of a wifi connection, there was not one available where we were and they were ranting about not having a way to find one…. this is a great way to solve that problem (no internet connection is needed to get the information).

Windows Live WiFi Center Beta – details

September 18, 2006

I promised more details because I think this is really cool. First, here is some stuff other people have put out there….

  • Tris has some details too (who I’m jealous of because he lives on Salt Spring Island)

Other then that though the details are pretty short in supply…

Just to review this is a 32 bit application (Microsoft’s Live Desktop phase is in full swing now)…..

Here is Tris’s view of the world from WiFi Center:


My area in Seattle showed 15 free connections (including the Shoreline branch of the seattle public library and a miriad of coffee shops)… They are all sorted by distance and you have the ability to map them (which is expected).

There is a link to driving directions which produce a box that says “coming soon”. You can do all the other neat stuff, copy to clipboard, print, and email to a friend (which is helpful for meeting a perspective business partner)…

The email is helpful too, it contains tons of information (here is one for a local spot near me):

Hotspot Name:
King County Library – Shoreline
Address:
345 Northeast 175th Street
Shoreline, WA 98155, US
Telephone:
206-362-7550
Category:
Library
Service Providers:
Independent Provider

There are also some helpful tops about WiFi security and the like. This is a great start to this kind of application. There is a lot of room for improvement here too….

  • Integration with in-car/boat navigations systems
  • Integration with Windows Mobile
  • Planning day trips with associated hotspots (ensure the morning coffee in Seattle has a hotspot, then make sure a stop in bellevue has access, then lunch in Redmond with a connection, and end the day with coffee in Bothel where I can finish up my email)

Where is Live Mail Mobile?

September 13, 2006

I have been going to http://mobile.msn.com/wml for as long as I’ve had a blackberry that was larger then a pager (it took me a while to give up the small device…. so that has been as long as the site was in existence to the public).

Yesterday (after I read an email about Microsoft’s announcement of live search coming out of beta) I decided to go to my hotmail account and see what people were sending me about the announcement. So I did the same thing I do every time and selected my mobile.msn.com bookmark and pulled up the webpage. After the brief wait, the page loaded and the first text link was “messenger”… WHAT!! where is my email?

Well… fine… I heard some people talking about a mobile.live.com site that was just barely released in beta…. So I went to go check it out.. after waiting a LONG time, my mail link was displayed at the top as it should be… but it timed out, again, and again, and again….. arghh

So now it’s Wednesday and there is still NO mail link on mobile.msn.com! and mobile.live.com still times out every third try….I still have not received an email from my email provider (Microsoft) telling me of this service change…..There is still no official press release or blog that I can find covering the topic…..

Anyone know what Microsoft is doing with this?