Windows Live New Services
Windows Live New Features* Social Features: There's an updated profile, a new activity feed (what's new) that shows your activity across the network (see more info below), web and photo sharing. Also included is SkyDrive, a little piece (5 GB) of online storage to access and share files with your friends. * Messenger: Messenger gets an upgrade including more personalization, a what's new feed, drag and drop photo sharing, a favorite contacts list and the ability to do group chats with up to 20 people at once. * Hotmail: Microsoft says Hotmail has 80% more effective spam filtering, the ability to bring multiple emails into one view, more storage, an updated calendar that integrates with Outlook * Groups: Collaboration for a group of people -- shared calendar, storage, email address and instant messaging
In addition, online storage is increasing to 25GB from 5GB.
New Downloadable SoftwareAlong with the new website capabilities there are also a few new software downloads -- Windows Live Essentials -- for the PC: * Windows Messenger and Mail: These two now share an integrated contact list, and the Calendar and all your email accounts are now in Mail * Live Writer: Blogging just got a bit easier and you now add photos and videos * Photo Gallery and Movie Maker: Edit and organize your photos and movies, then make them available online * Family Safety: Filter inappropriate websites, kids can request access to filtered sites, age specific default settings - now the kids are in trouble.
These products work seamlessly with the online features outlined above. You can try out the betas and see how they work.
Partnering For More FunctionalityTo provide even more functionality, Microsoft is partnering with over 50 of the most well know web companies showing that Microsoft knows how to stay at the top.
Windows Live Profile
Collaboration with companies such as Flickr, LinkedIn, Photobucket, Twitter, WordPress and more allow Microsoft to display changes to those sites in its new What's New Feed and hook into the new Profile.