LiveSide is retiring, thanks for all your support

All good things must come to an end, and this blog is no exception. When Chris Overd, Matthew Weyer, and Harrison Hoffman founded back in December of 2005 (LiveSide’s first post was on January 3rd, 2006, and my first post was 9 days later, on January 12th), Windows Live had just been announced, and our posts were all about Office Live, Windows Live Expo, OneCare, and emerging details about something called the “Windows Live Messenger Phone“. Since then, we’ve covered the birth and death of OneCare and Live Mesh and Windows Live itself, followed MSN Search and Live Search and Windows Live Search and Bing (and even Kumo!), attended Mix-es and PDCs and Builds and more, got to meet Bill Gates and interview Satya Nadella, and break some news along the way.

But times change and people move on, and for the past year LiveSide has been mostly me. I still enjoy following the antics and still have something to say, but blogging has changed, too, and where LiveSide used to be the go-to source for anything Windows Live related, the competition has stiffened considerably. It requires an army of bloggers to keep up, not just one. So when an opportunity arose earlier this month to join as an editor, I knew it was time to move on.

Right now I’m in the process of moving LiveSide over to an archival home, which will happen by the end of the month. LiveSide will live on in archive form, but this is our last post.

We had a great 9 year run at LiveSide, and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Thank you so much for being there, our readers are what have made it all worthwhile. Hopefully you’ll follow me over to, where I officially start on December 1st. I’ve been lurking at WinBeta for a week or so, and they’re a good lot, really similar in a lot of ways to LiveSide. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey.