Windows Live New Version is cool-Ok said it

For disclosure purposes I have had an Office Live Site for going on three years now, this Windows Live Spaces blog for at least two years, and actually worked on a team at Microsoft that developed some features in Office Live, specifically the business contact manager application in Office Live way back in SharePoint 2007 beta 1.

My experience with Office Live has been good-it does what it should and having both a website  and ability to provision SharePoints on the internet is incredibly useful.  Having the Windows Live Spaces blog has been good too especially with the ability to build your own add-ins and Windows Live Writer makes it easy to post to your blog not to mention posting from email and my phone works too.

Then awhile back Windows Live started offering 10Gb or so on SkyDrive I decided I should track on Windows Live Services-then came Silverlight Streaming Services with 10GB free internet hosting for my videos which really started me thinking that this Windows Live stuff might be for real.  Then a little application named Windows Live Writer (using right now for this post) blew me away-posts to virtually every blog platform even SharePoint blogs, add-ins for inserting video, virtual earth maps, and an API to let you build your own.

Then now with the latest WL release they add the ability to update my FaceBook status from Windows Live Messenger, invite people to join my WL network by pulling in my FaceBook and LinkedIn contacts, pull in my Twitter Feeds, Flickr, and actually pull all this together in a somewhat logical UI-although IMO still not as intuitive as FaceBook but in typical Microsoft fashion they pack in a ton of features and don’t tell anyone about them-for the few who take a few minutes to figure things out there is a great reward however.  Come on, 25gb of free space for your photos and integrated with SnapFish? and with comments, tagging.

What is going on at Microsoft Windows Live Services anyway? Who are these people and where are they hiding the accountants?  Hope this is a sign of things to come.

To find out check out http://www.windowslive.com/Explore

-Rod

Windows Live Writer is great for SharePoint Blogs

Sample training video hosted in Silverlight Streaming Service and can be embedded directly into your Blog easily using Windows Live Writer Insert Silverlight Streaming feature.

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Currently compatible with Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Community_Server, PBlogs.gr, JournalHome, the MetaWeblog API, the Moveable Type API, and all blogs that support RSD (Really Simple Discoverability).

Windows Live Writer introduces the Provider Customization API that enables both rich customization of Windows Live Writer’s behavior as well as the opportunity to add new functionality to the product. Currently Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad have all taken advantage of this API to expose additional service-specific features within Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer is currently available in 6 different languages.

Here is a training video I did using Windows Media Encoder for screen capture, Microsoft Media Encoder to encode and post directly to the Silverlight Streaming Service. From Windows Live Writer I can insert a video from my Silverlight Streaming Service directly-even get a preview mode of the video-nice.  I use WLW to post to my Spaces Blog and then syndicate to my notes in Facebook, my blog on OfficeLive, and my blog page on our company intranet  all via categorized RSS Feeds provided by Spaces.  I also use here on my blog to display recent posts.  WLW really simplifies inserting pictures, videos, maps, etc. plus you can develop your own add-ins which is cool.