Microsoft and Windows Live announced a major release of their Internet Services, collectively called “feature complete” version of Windows Live.
- Windows Live Internet Services is being announced, and will be rolling out over the next weeks, somewhat similar to the Hotmail rollout. Internet Services includes Home.Live.com, the What’s New feed, Profile, People, Photos, Web Messenger built into Hotmail, and more.
- POP support for email in Hotmail will finally be freely available, starting sometime around January. This is full POP support, both into and out of Hotmail, for free.
- SkyDrive increased its storage to 25gb, and Hotmail will feature increasing storage from the 5gb it now features.
- The What’s New feed will feature an extensive list of Partner participation, allowing users to include information from some 50 Partners so far, including Flickr, Amazon.com, Twitter, Yelp, WordPress, and many more. This means that when you post pictures on Flickr, or write a review on Amazon, or twitter a message, or write a review on Yelp, for example, that information will show up on your What’s New feed, and be shown to your network.
One of the stand-out features of the upgraded Windows Live services is Windows Live FrameIt, announced as part of the Wave 3 release and Microsoft has partnered with multiple manufacturers to produce FrameIt-integrated devices.
Microsoft has partnered with leading digital photo frame manufacturers Aequitas, NAVTEQ, Pandigital, PhotoVu, and Smartparts to provide extend their FrameIt service into your digital photo frames. An example of how this integration is done, according to PhotoVu, is summarised here:
- PhotoVu AutoFeed™ configuration allows customers to setup FrameIt on a USB flash drive then send it to another PhotoVu user. Once the drive is inserted, it starts to work immediately with no additional configuration.
- PhotoVu SmartSync™ support syncs with online photos and information. If images are added or deleted, the changes will be reflected on the next FrameIt update.
- Set times to play the FrameIt content using the PhotoVu scheduling feature.
- Automatic image sizing using PhotoVu SmartResize™ to optimize each photo, without distortion, for full screen display.
- PhotoVu Real-Time Vu™ allows customers to see new photos right after the FrameIt content is sync'ed. Great for weather or breaking news!
LiveSide interviewed Windows Live General Manager Brian Hall, watch the videos after the jump.