Microsofts Social Events Planning
Service Goes Live"> Those invited to the event do not need a Windows Live identity unless they want to upload content, such as photographs of the event, or to participate in a discussion board thread or comment on a blog post. This new Events service sounds similar to some existing solutions like Evite. When asked about this, Fluegel said the differentiator was that Microsoft had focused its development time on the sharing that took place after the event.To read about how Windows Live Search got a major overhaul, click here. "So, its the same photos experience you get in Spaces, with full-screen slide shows and printing options. We also allow all guests to be able to upload photographs as well as video sharing from any of the popular sites, including MSN Soap Box, YouTube and Yahoo Video," Fluegel said. While the Events service will have monthly upload limits, as is the case with Spaces, this can be reset the next month. That will ensure that the service keeps running efficiently, he said. "While there are technical limits in place that ensure [that] we can scale the services, I do not expect most users to ever hit that limit. While we will also support large events, that is not the focus of this service," he said. Microsoft is testing free data storage "in the cloud." Click here to read more. The event organizer will also be able to delete photographs and comments left on blogs, exactly the way users can do on Spaces today. This means that while the Web site remains under the control of the organizer, more people can participate and add primary content like photos, Fluegel said. Along with the release of the new Events service, Microsoft is updating its Spaces log-in page to allow users to catch up on the online activities of their friends and family, such as adding new blog entries or updating their photographs, and allowing users to immediately access that new content from the log-in page. The update has also given users more granular control over the permissions for each photo album uploaded, allowing users to share albums with only the people they want to. Microsoft has also doubled the free storage limit for its SkyDrive service, which is still at the beta stage, from 500MB to 1GB, and added a new feature that exposes RSS feeds for any public folders and files that are shared, Fluegel said. Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.
Users will also be able to create a Web site for an event that has already taken place, thereby creating a memory archive that all attendees can come back to and that can only be deleted by the event organizer.