Windows Live

Last Updated: September 30, 2012

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Definition - What does Windows Live mean?

Windows Live is Microsoft's branded suite of online and client-side tools and applications. Windows Live includes browser-based Web services, mobile services and Windows Live Essentials.

Similar to Google Apps, Windows Live is part of Microsoft's cloud strategy, or Software Plus Services (Software + Services or S+S).

Techopedia explains Windows Live

Released in November 2005, Windows Live serves as an online user gateway that provides Microsoft and third-party applications for seamless user interaction. Classic Windows Live applications include Hotmail (Microsoft's free email service), Live Messenger, Live Photos and Live Calendar.

Recently added Windows Live applications include:

  • Windows Live Mail: POP3 email client that easily integrates with non-Microsoft email services
  • Windows Live SkyDrive: Facilitates online Microsoft Office collaboration and provides free cloud storage for documents and photos.
  • Windows Live Messenger Companion: Internet Explorer add-in for live collaboration
  • Windows Live Family Safety: Extends parental controls in Windows 7 and Vista

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