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The whole, full, none edited list of Windows Live services

August 26th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

This is as far as I know, the first full list of official Windows Live services on the web, links and information about them

There have been a few posts on the web about all the Windows Live services (Mary-Jo at Microsoft Watch, Matt Mondok at M-Dollar, Yahoo!, even Microsoft PressPass) and how many there are and which are actually services. Well, in a joint effort from myself and Chris from LiveSide, we’ve managed to make this list. It’s categorised to the best of our combined knowledge, by project start date which essentially means when the service was thought of, it gets listed; essentially it also means that this list is “in order of Live services” well and truly. Here’s what we’ve come up with so far, and hopefully I’ll keep updating this as soon as new features and releases come out.

01. Windows Live Drive (codename: Storage)
Offering online storage to users

02. Windows Live Contacts
Part of a bigger picture, link goes to Live Mail but will integrate your contacts in Mail and Spaces together.

03. Windows (originally:
The new web portal for Windows Live – the homepage if you will.

04. Windows Live Web Search
The new MSN Search, with added features for searching for news, images, academia and feeds.

05. Windows Live Messenger
The rebranded MSN Messenger with integration with Live Spaces, interoperability with Yahoo! as well as free VoIP and video calls.

06. Windows Live Ideas
The central site reporting on what’s new, what’s coming and what’s already out – just had a facelift on the site as well.

07. Windows Live Mail (codename: Kahuna)
The rebranded MSN Hotmail – better interface, easier to browse contacts, and no page refreshing as well as advanced spam protection.

08. Windows Live Favourites (codename: Roaming Favourites)
Enabling you to access your favourites from anywhere in the world using this simple web interface – gadget for Live Spaces too.
(US) – (UK)

09. Windows Live Expo (codename: Fremont)
New competitor with eBay – buy, swap and sell products and without any costs to the users at all.

10. Windows Live Labs
The brainy guys workying on new products and advanced technologies to make Live products better.

11. Windows Live OneCare (previously: OneCare Live)
The one stop place for computer protection, anti-virus and advanced firewall.
Subscription service – 90 day trial available for free

12. Windows Live Local (previously: Virtual Earth)
An advanced mapping system with satellite coverage, road maps, soon to have driving directions and route planner, with Birds Eyeâ„¢ imagery

13. Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner (codename: Vegas)
Online scanning facility for checking your computer for viruses and cleaning up unnecessary files.

14. Windows Live Custom Domains
Allowing you to have your own domain name to use with Windows Live, Mail and Messenger.

15. Windows Live Call
Allowing you to call overseas and landlines for very cheap rates
Feature embedded in Windows Live Messenger

16. Windows Live Call for Free (codenamed: FreeCall)
Enables you to call businesses for free after searching for them in Live Local.
Feature embedded in Windows Live Local

17. Windows Live Search
The free desktop application allowing you to search files on your computer, the web, Messenger sharing folders and your Live Drive.
No URL yet – keep an eye out on Windows Live Ideas

18. Windows Live Search Desktop (codename OneView)
Part of Windows Live Search (there’s a lot of desktop/search/toolbars, we’re all a bit confused but they’re all set in stone)
No URL yet – keep an eye out on Windows Live Ideas

19. Windows Live Search Translation
Allowing you to search using Live Web Search but translate pages and/or text

20. Windows Live Local Preview
Imagery of San Francisco and Seattle, allowing you to navigate the map with a variety of views at street level.

21. Windows Live Toolbar
A toolbar which adds itself to Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer, allowing access to your Space, Live Mail, and Live Favourites and search everywhere you go.

22. Windows Desktop Search
Part of Windows Live Search (there’s a lot of desktop/search/toolbars, we’re all a bit confused but they’re all set in stone)
No URL yet – keep an eye out on Windows Live Ideas

23. Windows Live Mail Center (previously: Mail Desktop/Outlook Express Live)
Enabling you to see your Live Mail, other POP3 and IMAP folders as well as RSS feeds and other email addresses and contacts on your desktop.
No website yet, download only

24. Windows Live ID
The new and improved MSN Passport – working seamlessly with Live services and allowing multiple sign-ins with different accounts.

25. Windows Live Writer
 Enabling you to write, post and modify blog entries in real time with loads of customisable options like adding pictures and Live Local maps embedded into your entries.
 Download directly from Microsoft

26. Windows Live Essentials (previously Windows Live Now)
The Google Pack equivilant – allowing you to customise and install all the available Live services straight away
No URL yet – keep an eye out on Windows Live Ideas

27. Windows Live Account
The central point to change, modify and create new Live ID’s and settings.

28. Windows Live OneCare Family Safety
 Allowing you to set and manage options and viewable content for younger users’ Windows Live ID’s.

29. Windows Live Clipboard
Enabling you to cut, copy and paste information from one website server to another ideal for moving calendar or contact entries between accounts.
No URL yet, but check out the non-Microsoft site

30. Windows Live Marketplace (codename: Agora)
The new Marketplace enabling you to buy and download software straight to your Vista machine.

31. Windows Live Shopping
Competitor to – lets you browse and buy software at your own time, pace and leisure

32. Windows Live QnA (codename: Answers)
Ask questions, get answers, vote on answers and earn kudos points which earn you special rewards.

33. Windows Live Alerts
 Send information updates to your email inbox, mobile device or Messenger.

34. Windows Live Spaces (codename: Spaces 10.5)
The world’s biggest social networking site, letting you blog, add photo’s, customise content and add gadgets.

35. Windows Live Academic Search
Allows you to search the web for academia – books and journals from different authors and relevance.
Academic tab on

36. Windows Live Image Search
Enables you to search the web for specific images, of different sizes and preview panes.
Image tab on

37. Windows Live Product Search
Enables you to search the web for products to buy using Windows Live Search.

38. Windows Live Voicemail
A new feature for Live Mail and Messenger for leaving voice messages for other people for when they are unavailable.
No URL yet – keep an eye out on Windows Live Ideas

39. Windows Live codename “Max”
 Allowing you to create custom 3D galleries of photos and media and send it to other users across the Internet.
Will eventually become a Windows Live service. – keep an eye out on Windows Live Ideas

40. Windows Live Sign-In Assistant
The easier way to signin and out of Windows Live using a simpler interface and advanced security.

41. Windows Live Wifi Suite
Downloadable software for easy access to wireless networks on your laptop or mobile device.

42. Windows Live Hotspot Locator
Web interface allowing you to search hundreds of thousands of free or paid wireless hotspot locations in over 90 countries.

43. Windows Live Dev
The development center and supplier of software developmnet kits for Windows Live developers.

44. Windows Live Gallery (codename: Customise)
The central place to browse, submit or apply gadgets to or to Windows Live Spaces.

Windows Live Mobile
Live for mobile devices – accessible on a mobile device and able to see your customisable Windows
Mobile devices only
Will eventually migrate fully to

46. Windows Live Mobile Mail
The revamped MSN Hotmail for Mobile but brought to a mobile device.
Mobile devices only

47. Windows Live Mobile Search
The revamped MSN Search for Mobile but brought to a mobile device – mobile compatibility integrated.
Mobile devices only

Windows Live Publishing Portal
The new way to buy books – searching millions of books and able to buy them online using an online preview pane.

49. Windows Live Feeds
A dedicated team to help aggregate information around the Internet – just how RSS is part of Mail Center.
No URL yet – keep an eye out on Windows Live Ideas

50. Windows Live Dashboard
Part of Essentials but lets you see what you have installed, what’s on offer and other links for support.
No URL yet – keep an eye out on Windows Live Ideas

Note 1: MSN Video (codename “Warhol”) is an MSN service and not a Windows Live service.
Note 2: Some haven’t made the list because they’re not exactly services – Windows Live Help for example and SDK’s aren’t really services. Also, some “services” merged into the larger umbrella service, such as Windows Live Near Me Search was absorbed by Windows Live Local.
Note 3: Xbox Live and Office Live aren’t actually Windows Live products, so they’re excluded from the list. They’re different teams, different way of thinking and they just generally don’t have anything to do with Windows Live.

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17 Responses

  1. The whole, full, none edited list of Windows Live services « Digged Stories Says:

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  2. Laurent G. Says:

    That is an big list of service incoming. I am looking forward to use those service in French. I think there is a lack of Flicrk or picasaweb like service, hope it will be added. But I have a question, all those service make think that it is the end of and email address, so when will we be able to suscribe a address ? I thought it would be avalable since june, but I still wait 🙂

  3. yom23 Says:

    Yeah good work. But where is Windows Live Writer ! ? :=)

  4. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Good point! I’m adding it now 🙂

  5. Patrick S Says:

    LOL… Good to see comments are working again (G),
    Nice Post Zack!

  6. kenlin@HK [MVP] Says:

    Great Job…..I never know that there is a long list for the Windows Live…

  7. romain Says:

    nice post zack – hope we’ll see more of those in french soon 🙂

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  9. someone Says:

    1. Some more 😀 => Windows Live Butterfly, Windows Live Healthcare, Windows Live Newsbot, Windows Live Video (all heard about via news articles, mostly Microsoft-Watch). Live Butterfly, Live Newsbot and Live Video, I think, probably simply switch over from MSN branding.
    2. Live Labs is actually Microsoft Live Labs.
    3. Wikipedia and Live Labs website together seem to have these:
    Microsoft Live Labs Entity Extraction
    Microsoft Live Labs PhotoSynth
    Microsoft Live Labs Relay Service
    Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon
    Microsoft Live Labs Security Token Service

    In my own list, I added VoiceMail :-). Thanks for a comprehensive list. Now supposingly, a Windows fan wants to use all of these on a fairly regular basis, that would be impossible…IMHO they should consolidate some of these & focus on quality not quantity.

  10. someone Says:

    Live OneCare Safety Scanner and Live OneCare Family Safety are same or different? Family Safety seems to be the parental controls one for XP and Safety Scanner, the free ActiveX threat scanner.

  11. ## Zack ## Says:

    Windows Live Butterfly – not a service, a title.
    Windows Live Healthcare – is MSN Health, won’t be ported to Live
    Windows Live Newsbot – considered, but this isn’t a service rather a function
    Windows Live Video – this will be MSN still, not Live.
    Live Labs is actually Microsoft Live Labs – true, but still Live.
    Microsoft Live Labs Entity Extraction – not a Live service.
    Microsoft Live Labs PhotoSynth – not out yet, will be put in the list when finished.
    Microsoft Live Labs Relay Service – not a Live service.
    Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon- not a Live service.
    Microsoft Live Labs Security Token Service – not a Live service.

    Safety Scanner is different from Family Safety – the scanner is an online anti-virus and cleanup tool, whilst Family Safety works with Live ID to make certain things on the web unable for viewing for appropriate audiences.

    Thanks for the tips though – PhotoSynth will go in when it’s classified as a Live service and not a Live Labs service – soon 🙂

  12. Kevin Says:

    Nice list 🙂
    Note that and aren’t Windows Live services or products – they are Web sites. Ideas is where you go to find out about about betas (it’s like, which has released services). Dev is a resource site for developers – like a Live version of

  13. links for 2006-08-29 « Cui’s Weblog Says:

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  14. kittu Says:

    FolderShare is also a Microsoft Service.
    My Question is, why haven’t microsoft turned it as a Windows Live Service
    Any answers???, Please post here..

  15. Zack Whittaker Says:

    FolderShare was acquired by Microsoft some time ago – it’s been used in Groove and Groove server (I think) and will eventually have some intergration with Live Drive. As of present, it’s not and has no plans to be a Live service. It’s still a cool piece of kit though 🙂

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