Windows Live Events, set to launch at the time of this posting, 5pm PDT (Redmond time), is a new feature of Windows Live Spaces that makes it easy to create, manage, and share events using Windows Live Spaces. Here are some of the highlights of Events:
- Create an event with a single set up page, and customize it with more than 100 templates as well as Windows Live Spaces modules
- Invite guests to the event, using Windows Live Messenger contacts, or invite non-WL ID users by using their email address
- Live Maps integration to show location and directions to the event
- Send out customized invitation emails with links so invitees can view, collaborate, and share photos etc.
- Integrate with user calendars, using 3rd party calendar protocols, including iCal
- Manage discussion lists
- After the event, collect and share photos and comments: keep the event for posterity
While we are awaiting a peek at Events ourselves, it sounds like a promising tool.
For more on Windows Live, Events, and some changes in SkyDrive beta, including a move to 1gb of storage, and a promise that “storage in the long run is not going to be a concern for our users, I had an opportunity to talk with David Fortin, General Manager of Consumer Products for Windows Live.
- What is Windows Live? An overview of the “set of tools to help people connect and share anywhere”
- Where SkyDrive fits in
- SkyDrive and the Windows Live Platform
- The journey starts with delivering individual benefits
- Announcing SkyDrive 1GB storage limit: “storage in the long run is not going to be a concern for our users”
- Large storage numbers – really needed or a marketing ploy?
- Announcing Windows Live Events
- A quick tour of how to set up an event