Microsoft Corp. announced the next generation of Windows Live, an integrated set of online services for consumers. The new generation of Windows Live includes updated experiences for photo sharing, email, instant messaging, as well as integration with multiple third-party sites. The release also includes Windows Live Essentials, free downloadable software. Microsoft is collaborating with companies including Flickr, LinkedIn Corp., Pandora Media Inc., Photobucket Inc., Twitter, WordPress and Yelp Inc. to integrate activities on third-party sites into Windows Live through a new profile and What’s New feed. The new Windows Live also gives consumers a central place to organize and manage information. In addition to partnering with leading Web companies, Microsoft announced alliances with HP and China Telecom Corporation Ltd. to deliver Windows Live services to more people across the globe.
Windows Live is making new social features available to all customers, including an updated profile and a "what’s new" feed of activities across the network and Web. Windows Live Messenger now includes more personalization. Windows Live Hotmail has 80 percent more spam filtering. Windows Live Groups, a place for groups to collaborate online, includes a shared calendar, shared storage, a shared email address, and shared instant messaging.