Just when I thought I knew everything about Live from Microsoft, here comes another: www.WindowsLive.com. Is this the same at www.live.com? NO. It’s different. And I don’t mean different in a better or worse way. Just different.
First I’ll say that this is one of the few (if not only) web sites Microsoft has done that’s actually easy to figure out. You can consider this a "site map" of sorts for actual Live products including Hotmail, Mail (i.e. Windows Live Mail), SkyDrive and so on.
If you were confused – as everyone was/is – as to what Live is all about, this site at least puts things into better perspective and gives a general direction of where Microsoft is headed internet-wise.
Microsoft, believe it or not, "does internet" better than most and they’ve got the experience to back it up. For example, Hotmail predates Yahoo Mail. In fact it’s a challenge to find any e-mail service that’s still under the same ownership that’s been in operation on the internet for 12+ years.
Live‘s competition is not Apple (especially considering they’ve been stumbling in the internet department). Rather, the competition is other internet companies.
Microsoft still has a way to go with Live. Although they’ve got some good stuff going on, there’s still a bit of clutter left to clean up. They can start with the naming conventions. Is it Hotmail? Windows Hotmail? Windows Live Hotmail? Live Hotmail? Live Mail? No one knows.
But at least WindowsLive.com helps you to figure that out.
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