Windows Live services online: what you can expect.

March 15, 2006 by  

From email, to gadgets to antivirus protection, Microsoft Windows Live seems to churn out a new Window Live service by the minute.

Over the next 3-6 months, Microsoft plans to ship more innovative technology than during their entire 10-year history via

Google’s ability to introduce many new products and services in a short period of time and attracts mass followers has impressed many. With, Microsoft does not have to play catch up anymore. Yahoo!, McAfee, Symantec, eBay among others would definitely feel the heat if were to take off.

Microsoft is taking a bet to change the game and face the competitors head on.

It’s interesting to see the kind of service they have on offered, at least to geek and computer enthusiasts. But mass adaptation will likely to take a while. But I feel the potential is already there.

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Product Code name Description Competitiors Status
Windows Live Mail Kahuna Successor to Hotmail, more like a traditional e-mail program such as Outlook Yahoo Mail, Gmail Reached the “M5″ beta stage earlier this month, about 900,000 users
Windows Live Search Microsoft’s homegrown search engine Google, Yahoo, Accoona Public beta launched last week
Windows Live Local Maps and directions; Bird’s eye and street-level images Google, Yahoo Public beta launched in December
Windows Live Search Mobile The mobile version of homegrown search Google, Yahoo Beta
Windows Live Expo Fremont A free online marketplace for goods that can also be limited to a social network Craigslist, eBay Recently moved from internal and limited testing into U.S. public beta
Windows Live Family Safety Settings Vegas Parental control tools for monitoring children’s online use Net Nanny In limited beta with fewer than 10,000 testers; public test expected in early summer
Windows Live OneCare A1 Subscription antivirus service Symantec, McAfee Updated 315,000-user beta added anti-spyware; paid service to launch in June
Windows Live Video Warhol User-generated video YouTube, Google Video Not yet in public testing
Windows Live Messenger Successor to MSN Messenger, adds social networking and contact-sharing features Yahoo Messenger; AIM; ICQ; Gmail chat; Plaxo Beta with 1.5 million testers Based on, a homepage with gadgets, RSS feeds and more MyYahoo, Google Public beta with 3 million registered users
Microsoft Gadgets Small applications written in Javascript and HTML, used by and Windows Vista Yahoo Widgets, Apple’s Dashboard More than 160 gadgets available
AdCenter Moonshot For serving up paid search ads; Uses demographics to help target the marketing message Yahoo, Google Launched in Singapore and France and in beta in the U.S.; Serves 40% of MSN paid-search ads
Windows Live Safety Center Free basic antivirus protection McAfee, Symantec Beta; performed 1.3 million scans and cleaned 150,000 PCs as of February.
Windows Live Favorites Stores Web bookmarks online Public beta since November
Windows Live Custom Domains A way for people to use Windows Live Mail with their existing e-mail domain Google Limited beta, U.S.-only
Windows Live Toolbar A collection of services under a common Web toolbar Yahoo, Google Beta launched last week
Windows Live Answers Direct answers to fact-based Web queries Yahoo Answers; Google Answers No ETA
Windows Live Clipboard Outlined by Ray Ozzie , uses a mashup of technologies to allow an online equivalent of a PC’s clipboard
Windows Live ID A new authentication tool for Live services, based on Passport, Microsoft’s once-controversial authentication service Liberty Alliance Expected to be released later this year
Windows Live Mail Desktop A desktop application for viewing Windows Live Mail Google, Yahoo Expected to go into early beta testing this month, broader testing later this year

[via CNET ]

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