Microsoft to extend social networking with Windows Live Events

By Chris | In News | Posted July 9, 2007 5 comments

Rolling straight on from Windows Live Folders and Photo Gallery it looks like the Windows Live teams have yet another new service up their sleeves. Windows Live Events looks set to fill a gap in the current Windows Live portfolio, adding functionality to the rather basic social networking features that currently exist as part of Windows Live Spaces.

“Windows Live Events will enable users to share and plan different types of Events happening around them in compelling ways while collaborating with other services like calendar [and] spaces.”

Mike Arrington recently posted about the new social networking products being made by Yahoo and Google, with Jeremy Zawodny from Yahoo saying “everyone is scrambling to catch up with facebook…” – how right he is. Its generally acknowledged that Microsoft often plays catchup, ironically the same is now true of Google.

While Facebook has popularised the social events scene, the power of Windows Live exists in the offering of connected services. Add in Spaces, Calendar and Alerts integration to an events service and you instantly have a very powerful product. With the number of users Windows Live Spaces wields, it will surely be a popular one too. That said, it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft choses to leverage the new Facebook Developer Platform and tie in Windows Live Events with Facebook Events. The possibilities for a “connected” set of services such as these is exciting, and something Microsoft desparately needs to do if it wants to win back the Facebook generation.

Posted July 9th, 2007 at 6:51 am
Category: News
Tags: Events, Spaces, Windows Live
  • Mirek2

    I’m glad that the Live team is alive again. I just hope that they’ll keep on updating Windows Live and don’t let it end up like MSN.

  • Zaarin

    Yes. I think Facebook currently blitzes Spaces in almost every way.

  • rb1385

    Facebook is a fun place and a wonderful platform to work from…it’s the kind of innovation that Live should be pushing.

  • quikboy

    Facebook is interesting, but it’s kind of more harder to use than Live Spaces. Live Spaces is kind of a more straight forward blogging platform. Facebook is more of a place to interact with others.

    I’m hoping Live Spaces had more interacting features like Facebook. Like networks, groups (MSN Groups anyone?) and other stuff. Live Spaces is really not a place to find a real friend in your life.

    Can you even blog on Facebook? I couldn’t find a place to write a blog at all. I like how it’s kind of more cleaner than most other sites, but it’s somewhat boring too. I guess it’s just me.

  • the andyman

    In regard to Facebook, Microsoft would do really well if they could make a deal with Facebook to provide Live Search as an external web search integrated or accessible from Facebook (one of the few useful things missing from it at the moment). If you go on MySpace you can instantly see that is partnered to do this type of thing with Google.