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