I really like the consistent interface across most of the applications, and how some of them are integrated together. I hope to continue to see more of this in the future as they release new services.
If you're curious about the difference between Live.com and MSN.com. From my understanding, Live.com will host all the web applications and services, and MSN will continue to be the content, news and information provider.
Below is a brief summary of all the Live.com applications and services:
- Live.com: Create a customized home page, and add content you want to see (such as your message in your inbox, RSS feeds, and more).
- Windows Live Search: Search the Web, news articles, images, local business (maps) and more.
- Windows Live Expo: Place an ad, find something you want to buy, or post information for an event.
- Windows Live Mail: Has a new drop and drag interface, spam blocker, virus scanning, and 2GB of storage.
- Microsoft Office Live: Get a web site, 50 e-mail accounts, web traffic reports, and more
- Windows Live Gallery: Get add-ins and gadgets for your toolbar, Messenger Live, Live.com home page, and more.
- Windows Live Favorites: Get instant access to your Web favorites anywhere.
- Windows Live Custom Domains: Free web based e-mail for your Internet domain.
- Windows Live Spaces: Add photos, network, find new friends, create a blog. Has a lot more features then Blogger.
- Windows Live Shopping: Find clothes, computers, electronics, furniture and more.
- Windows Live Product Search: Search and compare products from several merchants across the Web.
- Windows Live Academic: Search articles from thousands of academic and research journals.
- Windows Live Local: Find businesses, get driving directions, and view satellite photos of where you're going to go.
- Windows Live Safety Center: Check your computer for viruses, tune-up your PC, and get rid of junk.
The software listed below are applications that you download and install on your local computer.
- Windows Live Writer: This program was just released today, its WYSIWYG blog authoring tool that allows you to compose blog entries for Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress (and many others).
- Windows Live Messenger: Microsoft's next generation instant messaging client. Now includes VoIP and video conferencing.
- Windows Live Toolbar: Search the web, protect yourself against fraud, find files on your local computer.
- Windows Live OneCare: Microsoft's new anti-malware (virus, spyware, and more.), firewall, tune-up, and more.
Coming Soon to Live.com
Below is a list of applications that Microsoft is getting ready to release.
- Windows Live Book Search: Microsoft's online books searching service
- Windows Live QnA: Ask any question and get an answer.
- Windows Live Mail Desktop: Check and manage your online mail, including AOL, and GMail.
- Windows Live Search - Mobile: Search for a business, see maps and driving directions all from your mobile device