We just wrote about the Windows Live services we use here at LiveSide, and Windows Live is starting to make a concerted push for organizations to make use of the same services. Harvey Sanchez, the Online Strategy Lead for Microsoft Australia, points in a blog post to a new website, Windows Live Community Builder, and provides a quick explanation:
With Windows Live Community Builder, businesses or non for profit organisations or anyone looking at creating a community service can now achieve deeper and more engaging connections with their community through customised, branded online experiences. Whether they want branded, familiar email services for their community or a member’s only area on their web site, complete with calendaring, contacts, and mapping features; Windows Live Community Builder has what they, their administrators, and their technology partners need. It’s easy to get started and painless to maintain – and it includes the peace of mind that comes from the technology, experience, and market leadership they’d expect from Microsoft.
With just a couple of clicks you can sign up and either register your domain name with Windows Live or use one you already have, set up open registration for email accounts, set up SRV records, co-branding, and more.
While at this point the new site is not much more than a front end for the Admin Center (the new improved Custom Domains), expect more consolidation of marketing these Windows Live services as both developer tools and services like Office Live begin to fill out.