Well, as the name suggests, it is not an online version of Microsoft’s venerable operating system. It is a kind of a new type of web-based Microsoft Live Communication Server, or you can say an enhancement of the services developed by MSN.
Windows Live consists of eight or so Web-based services designed for customers. It consists of services like mail, online-messenger, online folder sharing, Internet telephony, etc.
The most striking examples of Windows Live is ways of of tying it with desktop. People could share files-folders with the instant-messaging buddies and use the ww.Live.com page to view not only the Web-contents but also the things like recently opened documents or corporate SharePoint portal.
Live.com and Gadgets
Windows Live Mail
Windows Live mail is an extension of Hotmail codenamed KAHUNA. It provide s a new style of interface, a more desktop like mail software, with features including automatic inbox refreshing, spell-checking, phishsing detection, and a preview pane that will enable Hotmail users to read and respond to their e-mails without ever leaving their inboxes. Its interface in known internally as “WAVE 11”, and it is designed to be lightweight and clean for better performance. It provides a preview to your e-mail without loading a new page each time (like Outlook®), drag and drop messages into folders, and generally power through your e-mail in a flash.
Windows Live Spaces
Windows Live Spaces is a transition of MSN spaces with some added functionality.
Windows Live Messenger
Some of the biggest new things that Microsoft has introduced in Windows Live is Windows Live Messenger. The new Messenger has additional features like social networking, Internet telephony, folder sharing, etc. Folder sharing is really a fantastic idea. You just have to drop a file on top of a contact which will allow you to create a shared folder. This folder will exist on both the member’s desktop, and stay up-to-date with any changes to the shared file.
Windows OneCore Live
It is a security system that helps you protect your system. It includes features like virus scanning, firewall settings, software backups, and tune ups.
Windows Live Search
It includes elements of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth mapping. It allows members or their buddies to create annotations, create a personalized map of their favorite spots in the city, even from your mobile, plus you can see detailed maps, driving directions, and more.