August 2, 2006
@ 02:56 PM

Windows Live Spaces is live. This is pretty sweet since the most visible feature I've worked on while at Microsoft is now available to the general public. On the Windows Live Spaces team blog we get the post Windows Live Spaces - It’s Here! which states

1. Set-up your friends list.  Simply add the new Friends Module to your space, or click here to automatically add it to your space, and start inviting your friends.  Once your friends accept your invitation, they will appear to visitors of your space. You can also explore your contacts’ friends (and their friends too) directly from Windows Live Messenger.  Simply click on your contact’s Messenger icon to view their contact card, and then click on the “View this contact’s Friends list” icon on the bottom right hand corner of the contact card.  This will launch the cool new Friends Explorer feature that will allow you to easily navigate through lists of friends. 

2. Add gadgets.  Jazz up your space by adding cool new gadgets.  All you need to do is click on the “Customize” link in your Space when you are in the editor mode, and then click on the link titled “Add gadgets from Windows Live Gallery” to be taken to the Windows Live Gallery where you can select gadgets you want to add to your space. Check out the “Updated Spaces” gadget we just added to The Spacecraft!  You can add this gadget automatically to your space too by simply clicking here.

The platform behind the Friend's List was one of my features and I'm glad to see it rolling out to the hundreds of millions of Windows Live Spaces and Windows Live Messenger users. You can check out my friend's list to browse my social network which currently consists of Microsoft employees.

Since most features in Windows Live Spaces are integrated with Windows Live Messenger, so also is the Friends List feature. Users of Windows Live Messenger will have three integration points for interacting with the Friends List. The first is that one can right-click on Messenger contacts and select "View->Friends List" to browse their Friends List. Another integration point is that one can respond to pending requests from people to add them to your Friends List directly from Messenger client (this is also the case with other features like Live Contacts). Finally, one can also browse the Friends List from their Contact Card. Below is a screenshot of what happens when a Windows Live Messenger user right-clicks on one of their Messenger contacts and selects "View->Friends List".

friends list in Windows Live Messenger

However it is the announcement about support for gadgets in Windows Live Spaces which I find even cooler than the fact that my feature is finally shipping. With this release, one can add almost any gadget from the Windows Live Gallery to one's space. You'll find some screenshots of gadgets on a space in Mike Arrington's post entitled Windows Live Spaces Launches, Replaces MSN Spaces.

If you are a developer who'd like to build gadgets for Windows Live Spaces you should check out the post in the Windows Live Spaces developer platform blog Gadget devs, come out and play! which provides the following information for developers interested in building gadgets

How do I get started?

1.  Build a Windows Live web gadget according to the SDK available at the Windows Live Dev site
 
2.  If your gadget has any settings/edit UI that visitors shouldn't see, then use the following code to detect whether Spaces is running the gadget in author mode and show/hide the UI accordingly.  There is a p_args argument outlined in the gadgets SDK and we've added a new method off of that called getMode().  You can do a simple comparison of the value returned from that method call to determine author vs. visitor mode.  
Something like the following:
          
         foo = function(p_elSource, p_args, p_namespace)
         p_args.module.getMode() == Web.Gadget.Mode.author
3.  Add the gadget to your own space using the following Spaces API: 
 
Switch between "Edit your space" and "View your space" to see how it behaves in both author and visitor modes.  If your manifest file, Javascript, and CSS are hosted anywhere but Windows Live Gallery (gallery.live.com), the gadget can only be added for editing/viewing by the space owner.  It will be hidden to visitors.    
4.  Zip up your manifest file and supporting Javascript/CSS files and submit that gadget package to the Windows Live Gallery so other visitors can add it to their space by going to Customize --> Modules --> "Add gadgets from Windows Live Gallery".

Now that Windows Live Spaces has shipped, I can now write that article I've been talking about for a while on building Windows Live gadgets powered by RSS for XML.com. You can expect a bunch of gadgets from me over the next few weeks.


 

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 7:00:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It looks good.
Has the MetaWeblog API endpoint changed as well?
Friday, August 4, 2006 3:01:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Just want to add that is Live is pretty cool too. The Guys responsible for its creation are just GREAT!

www.seferm.com
Friday, August 4, 2006 3:04:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Does any one out there have idea where I can get an rss software to index rss job feed on my site?
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