Microsoft has announced details on the future, the new, Windows Live, and I am bringing them to you like I promised.
Over the coming weeks, the next generation of Windows Live will become available at www.windowslive.com. The new Windows Live experience is enhanced by Microsoft partners with feeds from third-party sites that help you stay up to date on what’s new with friends and family, and see information from other online services such as Flickr, Pandora, Photobucket, Twitter,WordPress and Yelp. Refer downwards to get some details on this.
The Windows Live Web services and applications for the PC are now called Windows Live Essentials. Also Windows Live for mobile will get a revamp.
Windows Live Web services
- Windows Live Hotmail
- Integration of “What’s New” feed
After you send an e-mail to a friend, Windows Live displays a page confirming that the e-mail has been sent. If the friend is part of your Windows Live network, you will also see a concise update of the friend’s online activity, on both Windows Live and third-party services.
- POP access
You can access your Windows Live Hotmail inbox while offline using Windows Live Mail or Outlook with POP access. Anyone can use just about any e-mail application, whether it is from Microsoft or not.
- POP aggregation
This feature offers one place for your e-mail. With POP access in Windows Live Hotmail, any non-Hotmail e-mail account that is POP-enabled (such as Yahoo! Mail Plus, Gmail and AOL) can be imported into Hotmail for convenient, one-stop access. There are options to see all e-mail in one inbox or have each account filtered into a separate folder that users specify and label.
- Instant Access
Instant Access is a tool for quickly finding and embedding Web images, restaurant reviews, maps, directions, movie times and more into e-mail messages — without having to leave the compose e-mail page.
- Instant messaging in Windows Live Hotmail
The Windows Live Messenger instant messaging service can be used to send and receive instant messages from the Hotmail inbox.
- Integration of “What’s New” feed
- Windows Live Photos
The home to your photos on the Web is at http://photos.live.com. You can create Web slide shows and share photos through Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Groups, Windows Live Events, Windows Live FrameIt and Windows Live Spaces. You can even see all your photos from Windows Live Photos on most Web-enabled cell phones. Windows Live Photos includes several tools and features such as these:
- People tagging
You can identify and tag people in your photos, and see other photos that they are tagged in.
You can add comments to photos and see comments friends make.
- “What’s New” feed
You can monitor the photos that people in your network post on Windows Live.
- Shared albums
You can create albums on Windows Live Groups and give friends permission to add photos, tag them, and collaborate to create a shared album that combines the best photos from all group members.
- People tagging
- Windows Live SkyDrive
Conveniently access all your files with the increased ease and storage capacity from Windows Live SkyDrive, now offering 25GB of online storage and tighter integration with other Windows Live services.
- Windows Live Profile
Broadcast key information about yourself from Windows Live and more than 50 partner sites to your Windows Live network. Anything that you do on Windows Live or on select third-party services is automatically reflected on your profile as well as throughout most other services in Windows Live — if you choose to share with your network. You are in control to broadcast your activities to the world, share only with some friends and family, or share with no one at all. The Profile page is also the place to invite your existing friends and contacts from your favorite third-party services, such as LinkedIn, to Windows Live so that they can see your latest updates. You can also choose to publish your activity on more than 50 sites into your Windows Live feed, to allow your network to see updates from all your online activities in a single place.
- Windows Live People
The People page is for storage and management of your Windows Live contacts. It’s a central address book that contains your contacts from Windows Live Hotmail as well as all the people in your Windows Live network (Windows Live Spaces and Messenger contacts). With Windows Live People, you can invite your contacts from third-party services such as LinkedIn (and more services will be added over time), organize contacts into categories, and assign permissions that put you in control of what your contacts can see about you online. The People page is accessible everywhere in Windows Live through the header, so you can add, invite, follow or connect with your contacts wherever you are in Windows Live. You can also chat with your IM contacts directly from the page with Windows Live Messenger for the Web.
- Windows Live Spaces
With the newest version, Microsoft has focused on improving the experience by making the fonts easier to read, removing advertisements and generally improving the user interface.
- Windows Live Sync
Formerly known as Windows Live FolderShare, the new Windows Live Sync enables you to keep your files and folders synchronized across PCs and Macs. The new features include Windows Live ID integration for a unified sign-on experience and functional enhancements such as Recycle Bin integration for easy file recovery and Unicode support for working with files from an even broader range of formats.
Windows Live Essentials
- Windows Live Messenger
There are some fresh images about the new Messenger. Look here:
Windows Live for mobile
- Windows Live Hotmail for mobile
Some of the new features, scheduled for release in early 2009, follow:
- Mail search
Ability to search within your e-mail
- Rich e-mail
HTML rendering of e-mail, including embedded images and links
- Mail search
- Windows Live Messenger for mobile
Web-, client- and SMS-based IM from your mobile device
- Windows Live Photos for mobile
Web-based photo viewing, upload and sharing. Client-based photo upload.
- Windows Live Profile for mobile
It offers Web-based access to view and update your information and connect with others.
- Windows Live People for mobile
Integrated contacts in mobile phone address book for supported devices. Web-based hub to access contacts. SMS-based search for contact info.
- Contact search
Search for contacts in your contact list using your phone’s Web browser.
- Get Contact Information
Send SMS to a Windows Live SMS shortcode to look up a contact’s information (coming early 2009).
- Windows Live Spaces for mobile
Web-based access to personal Web page and blogging
- Windows Live Calendar for mobile
SMS-based access to today’s and tomorrow’s appointments
- Get calendar
Send SMS with “today” or “tomorrow” to a Windows Live SMS shortcode and get your calendar for the day (coming early 2009).
Images, Videos: LiveSide.net, Windows Live Wire