Live.com has been in beta now for over a year, and although you can reach it on any desktop machine and see your personalised content, what about mobile devices? For a long time, I thought that Mobile Live would simply be http://mobile.live.com/ (see screenshot) but even I thought wrong. That’s the public MSN portal showing off the public Windows Live mobile services such as Windows Live Mobile Mail and Windows Live Mobile Spaces, but that’s it…
Mobile Live.com is here, but not quite ready yet.Â However it’s still fun to play with in the meantime. You’ll be able to see the content which you’ve personalised from viewing Live.com on your desktop computer, you’ll be able to see your Live Mail, your Live Space as well as other gadgets that you’ve added such as RSS feeds. Live Web Search will be embdedded but also let you search Live Local for local businesses and stuff.
At the moment, the only way to access it is via http://mobile.live.com and it has to be typed that way otherwise it’ll take you straight to Live Ideas. You can see it on a desktop computer, as well as your mobile device. Soon it’ll have the hotspot locator in-built (which is pretty stupid seeing as you’ll need a hotspot/Internet access to view it), but you’ll also be able to see all the other things that you previously had access to with the MSN Portal such as news, money, weather and entertainment.
Here’s some screenies I took a little bit ago – click to enlarge 🙂
That’s right, there’s even going to be a Mobile Web Messenger. As some of you know, Windows Live Messenger 8.1 will be in beta next week, Windows Live for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices is in beta and lets you access Messenger on your phone as an application… now they’re extending it that little bit more so that anyone with a mobile device can access Messenger from anywhere.
It’s a web Messenger basically and it’s certainly far from complete, because so far it’s very much a “hush hush” project, but as per usual, I’m here to blow the trumpet on everything that’s going on 😛
The images aren’t set yet, and the functionality is a bit crap, but it’s basically Messenger but on your mobile web browser – it even signs you out of Messenger when logged on to it from a desktop computer. You can interact with your contacts, see who’s on and who’s not and eventually you’ll be able to see their status in the form of an image.
You can access it here on your mobile device – has to be typed exactly like this otherwise it’ll redirect to Windows Live Ideas: http://mobile.live.com/im/im.aspx