venkatna's (Venkat Narayanan's) WebLog

Live.com News and technical details

One freakin' game

Is it too much to ask? Win one freaking game. Best record in the NL, second best record in all of...

Author: venkatna Date: 10/05/2008

Like a lot of people, I have been watching a lot of Olympics recently, and have really enjoyed it. I...

Author: venkatna Date: 08/15/2008

300,000 servers in a container farm

This is cool - Microsoft has 300,000 servers in a container farm in the Chicago Data Center. It has...

Author: venkatna Date: 05/08/2008

Live Search at the Daytona Endurance Race

I am a huge fan of Formula 1 racing, and don't follow races in the U.S. that much. However, I just...

Author: venkatna Date: 01/22/2008

Windows Home Server - Need to get me one of these

I have been looking at getting the HP MediaSmart Windows Home Server. Right now, all my data is...

Author: venkatna Date: 12/06/2007

List of all Microsoft Team Blogs

Brandon LeBlanc has gone to some trouble to get a list of all Microsoft Team Blogs in one location....

Author: venkatna Date: 09/18/2007

Speeding up Web 2.0 applications

My experience with web 2.0 applications is limited to Live.com homepage (www.live.com) and...

Author: venkatna Date: 09/10/2007

Tafiti - Silverlight based Search Engine

Microsoft has released a new experimental Search Engine at www.tafiti.com. This looks like it is...

Author: venkatna Date: 08/22/2007

Windows Live starting to look better and better

This is exciting. Windows Live, for a long time has been confusing for a lot of people. Sites did...

Author: venkatna Date: 08/09/2007

Performance of Web sites

Yahoo Developer Network has a good post that details a number of things you can and should do to...

Author: venkatna Date: 08/05/2007

Crossroads Guitar Festival - on MSN

People that know me, know i am a huge Blues fan. I am particularly fond of the guitar. My favorite...

Author: venkatna Date: 07/28/2007

MSN Health and Fitness gets cool new dashboard on Search results

It seems like Microsoft is putting the Medstory acquisition to good use. MSN Health and Fitness now...

Author: venkatna Date: 07/11/2007

Keyword Suggestion Platform getting great reviews

Looks like the Microsoft Ad Lab research center folks have been busy. They released a new Keyword...

Author: venkatna Date: 06/16/2007

Halo 3

Halo 3 marketing starts - http://www.halo3.com. This should be fun to follow. - Venkat

Author: venkatna Date: 06/15/2007

PopFly now has blocks for Live Search. These are what are available now: Block Description Live...

Author: venkatna Date: 06/15/2007

Visualizing Global Web Performance with Akamai

Akamai has released their web performance visualization tools to the public. This is a very...

Author: venkatna Date: 06/11/2007

Popfly - Wow!

I started using Popfly this morning. I have one word to say - Wow!. Actually, i have multiple words...

Author: venkatna Date: 05/18/2007

End of Start.com

I first started working on start.com two years ago, when we started with a small agile team and did...

Author: venkatna Date: 05/17/2007

Live Search Club

This is interesting. We (Microsoft) seem to have released a new site where you can play games and...

Author: venkatna Date: 05/14/2007

Where are the bears going?

SuperBowl! (in a sing-song voice) :) Have you ever had a feeling where you cannot wait for something...

Author: venkatna Date: 02/03/2007

Collections and Templates

We have recently released some templates (basically a ready made page) and celebrity homepages that...

Author: venkatna Date: 01/25/2007

Search for a good cause

Live Search has a couple of programs going on to enable you to contribute to charity. All you have...

Author: venkatna Date: 01/23/2007

ASP.Net Ajax Ships

This is big news for a lot of people in the Ajax community. This is a free download. You can find...

Author: venkatna Date: 01/23/2007

Seattle Wind storm

We have had a fun couple of weeks here in Seattle. We first had snow (heavy for Seattle) a couple of...

Author: venkatna Date: 12/16/2006

Live.com Growing up

The product i work on, Live.com, is growing up. We now have a product tour. The product tour has...

Author: venkatna Date: 12/02/2006

Finally, i can come out of a blogging coma!

We have finally shipped our V1 product. Live.com is officially out of beta. You can find more...

Author: venkatna Date: 09/15/2006

A Very good list of web 2.0 companies

I have been meaning to blog this for a while - I found an exhaustive list of web 2.0 companies a...

Author: venkatna Date: 07/01/2006

New Gadget Developer SDK

We have also released a new gadget developer SDK at microsoftgadgets.com. The SDK has a lot of good...

Author: venkatna Date: 05/26/2006

Fixed a IE hang bug, and folders

We had a new release yesterday where we fixed some major performance issues. We also fixed a bug...

Author: venkatna Date: 05/26/2006

New updates to Live.com

We just released some new updates to Live.com. Sanaz just posted about the changes in our team blog....

Author: venkatna Date: 05/04/2006

some stats on Live.com

Live.com has been around for a little bit now. A lot of people have created gadgets for the site....

Author: venkatna Date: 04/11/2006

Back from vacation

I had taken my paternity break recently and spent a lot of quality time with my daughter. It was a...

Author: venkatna Date: 04/10/2006

Best time in a product cycle

We are getting pretty close to releasing another version of Live.com. I think this is about the best...

Author: venkatna Date: 02/25/2006

Zillow.com - Awesome site

Zillow.com lets you find out how much your home is worth. This comes from Richard Burton, who was...

Author: venkatna Date: 02/09/2006

Tiny Things and Saving Ewoks

Man, Rory just cracks me up. This was just about the best post i have read. I really havent written...

Author: venkatna Date: 02/03/2006

Updates to the live.com page

We made some updates to the Live.com page late Friday. We are working on a much larger set of items,...

Author: venkatna Date: 01/29/2006

Building a gadget for Live.com

I have been meaning to write about building gadgets for Live.com. The instructions are out there,...

Author: venkatna Date: 01/11/2006

Bill Gates CES Keynote Vs Rose Bowl

This is unfair. The CES Keynote by Bill Gates starts at 6.30 PM PST. The webcast is available at...

Author: venkatna Date: 01/03/2006

New release for live.com

We had a small release today (small on the UI changes, pretty significant in new support). We now...

Author: venkatna Date: 12/15/2005

Google has gadgets now

Well, they are calling it modules. I have been spending some time looking at their documentation and...

Author: venkatna Date: 12/14/2005

MSN Homepage and Validation

I just got an email from Dan about the MSN Homepage passing validation. I worked on this page for...

Author: venkatna Date: 12/14/2005

Live.com Gadgets information

We had a release a couple days ago to sandbox gadgets and some other small bug fixes. An unintended...

Author: venkatna Date: 11/26/2005

Changes that may break gadgets on live.com

We released a number of changes today that could potentially break some gadgets on live.com. We had...

Author: venkatna Date: 11/23/2005

RSS Extensions, SSE and Microsoft

Ray Ozzie wrote about the SSE extensions to RSS that Microsoft is advocating. I am excited to see...

Author: venkatna Date: 11/21/2005

Xbox 360

I stood in line for the last Xbox launch, but I am not doing that this time. I will still get one...

Author: venkatna Date: 11/21/2005

Do you search on Live.com?

I was wondering about this. We have what i think is a cool feature on www.live.com, where we don't...

Author: venkatna Date: 11/21/2005

Gadgets for Live.com

Sean Alexander has a posting today about all the gadgets available for Live.com. I am amazed by what...

Author: venkatna Date: 11/08/2005

Live.com Oops bug

We released live.com and immediately got dinged for a lot of errors when reading feeds, among...

Author: venkatna Date: 11/04/2005

Catching Up

Whoo. What a month! It has been a pretty hectic time for me lately. Good news is it is all coming to...

Author: venkatna Date: 11/01/2005

Chicago Bears are in first place.

How about that? 1-2 and in first place. Man, NFC North just sucks this year, not that I am...

Author: venkatna Date: 10/03/2005

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