The long-running Live branding for Windows services is being dropped as expected.
With Windows 8 arriving later this year, Microsoft is dropping the Windows Live branding from services
Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger and the other Windows Live services are to be no more. Well, they will exist but under a different name. Microsoft is keen to highlight success of the service since they were introduced in 2005.
November 1, 2005, specifically. Since that time the Windows Live services reach over 500 million users every month. Microsoft defines active users of the Windows Live services as those who use Hotmail, SkyDrive or Messenger who send mail, upload files or use IM at least once a month respectively.
Microsoft also says Hotmail is the world’s leading mail service, with 350 million active users and a 105 petabytes of storage. Likewise, Messenger is the world’s leading IM service with 300 million active users. SkyDrive has over 130 million users, with 17 million uploading files every month. Windows Live Essentials applications – another casualty – are some of the most popular apps in their categories on Windows, which includes Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker. In the Windows mail apps, Windows Live Mail is second to Microsoft Outlook.
Though while these programs have been successful, Microsoft says they didn’t allow for a connected experience and they weren’t built for the cloud. With the rise of rivals cloud services and mobile devices, Windows 8 represents that change.
Microsoft Account is used for signing into a Windows 8 PC, and can be used for checking billing in services such as Xbox Live and the Windows 8 Store. The change will take place over the next few months, while Microsoft is working on services such as migrating accounts that contain credit card and purchase history from one currency to another.
Along with Microsoft Account, users get SkyDrive. It’s integrated into Windows 8, and every pictures taken is copied to the SkyDrive photo album. SkyDrive can be accessed from within any Metro style app.
Microsoft Account can also be connected other services, such as LinkedIn and Facebook which shows people from your contact list who can be e-mailed or called.
Other non-Live apps are Calendar, Photos, People, Messaging and Mail.