Just How Many Windows Live Services Are There?

By Mary Jo  |  Posted 2006-08-14 Print this article Print

There are more Windows Live services than meet the eye.

In fact, based on a listing on a Microsoft Feedback Web site, there are more than 40 Windows Live services in the hopper – not the 20 that Microsoft officials commonly tout.

Windows Live is a growing collection of service add-ons that extend Windows, primarily in the consumer arena. Among the currently shipping Live services are Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Expo online classifieds; Windows Live Custom Domains, Windows Live Favorites and Windows Live OneCare.

The Windows Live Ideas Web site is Microsoft's primary showcase for its Windows Live properties. There are currently 20 services and related Web sites -- some in beta, some already released – listed there. (The most recently announced Live blog-authoring service, Windows Live Writer, is expected to make it onto the Live Ideas site by August 15.)

But the Feedback.Live.Com site lists more than 40 Windows Live services and sites, as Windows Live Platform Product Planner Ken Levy blogged recently. The existence of these services on such a site indicates that Microsoft is currently testing them, internally, externally or both, and is seeking tester feedback on these services and sites.

In comparison, MSN rival Google is said to have registered 520 domain namesYahoo has tens of services listed on its Web site, with another dozen in beta test.

The Live Feedback site currently includes the following Microsoft services:

  • Windows Live Academic Search

  • Windows Live Account

  • Windows Live Agora

  • Windows Live Book Search

  • Windows Live Call

  • Windows Live Call for Free

  • Windows Live Custom Domains

  • Windows Live Dev

  • Windows Live Expo

  • Windows Live Favorites

  • Windows Live Feeds

  • Windows Live Gallery

  • Windows Live ID

  • Windows Live Ideas

  • Windows Live Image Search

  • Windows Live Local

  • Windows Live Mail

  • Windows Live Mail Desktop

  • Windows Live Messenger

  • Windows Live Mobile

  • Windows Live Mobile Mail

  • Windows Live Mobile Search

  • Windows Live Near Me Search

  • Windows Live News Search

  • Windows Live Newsbot

  • Windows Live OneCare

  • Windows Live Product Search

  • Windows Live Publishing Portal

  • Windows Live QnA

  • Windows Live Safety Center

  • Windows Live Search

  • Windows Live Search Answers

  • Windows Live Search Desktop

  • Windows Live Search Help

  • Windows Live Search Macros

  • Windows Live Search Translation

  • Windows Live Shopping

  • Windows Live Spaces

  • Windows Live Toolbar and Desktop Search

  • Windows Live Web Search

  • Windows Live Web Search SDK

  • Windows Live Wifi Suite

  • Windows Live.com

    Most of these services have been mentioned and/or demonstrated by Microsoft officials at various trade shows and conferences. A few of them are simply renamed MSN services, such as Windows Live Book Search (formerly known as MSN Book Search) and Windows Live Newsbot (the former MSN Newsbot).

    Some, such as the Windows Live Wifi Suite, have been unearthed by Microsoft watchers around the Web. The Windows Live Wifi Suite, according to the LiveSide.Net blog, will be comprised of Windows Live Connection Center (designed to manage a wireless connection to the Internet); Windows Live Hotspot Locator (for locating and mapping hotspots); and Windows Live Safety Center (the parental-controls service that is in the wings). Microsoft officials have declined to comment on the Live Wifi Suite.

    Some of these services, such as the geographically-relevant search technology known as Windows Live Search Near Me, are likely outgrowths of technologies currently under development by Microsoft Research and/or Windows Live Labs.

    A handful of these services have not been discussed publicly. There is no publicly available information on "Windows Live Agora," for example. The same is true of the "Windows Live Publishing Portal," "Windows Live Search Macros" and "Windows Live Search Translation" – although one could presume from the product names what at least the Macros and Translation services will do.

    There are still other Windows Live services that aren't on the Feedback list. Windows Live Healthcare, the consumer and business health-related services that Microsoft is developing, according to sources, is one example. Microsoft's expected video service, code-named "Warhol," also is not on the list.

    Microsoft also is not listing its current and future Office Live, Xbox Live, CRM Live and other non-Windows-specific Live services on the central Live Feedback site.

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