Getting ready for Windows Live Wave 3

By Chris | In News | Posted March 27, 2008 8 comments

With Wave 2 now well behind us, the focus of our writing is now moving onto the next set of Windows Live products – Wave 3. Kip has already talked about how Windows 7 will see a number of programs being removed from the core operating system, notably Photo Gallery, Mail and Movie Maker.

Only the last of these is not yet available as part of the Windows Live Suite, but that should change in the near future as Microsoft readies Windows Live Movie Maker (Codename Sundance). We certainly expect to see upgrades to most if not all of the other Windows Live products currently included in the Suite, as well as the much-rumoured Windows Live Groups.  We’ve even heard that Favourites may be on the receiving end too :) 

Then there has been the talk this week of the new Microsoft Value Box (Codename Albany), that makes Microsoft’s current software + services approach available to home users from off-the-shelf. Office and Office Live Workspaces will combine with Windows Live OneCare 2.5, though the Windows Live Suite is also rumoured to be making an appearance as a bunclled program too. The only potential downside to this being included is the seemingly inevitable conclusion that Microsoft is going to start charging users for the Windows Live services they currently get for free (which they won’t). Lets hope the PR champions are ready to take this challenge on.

And then there is the service that underpins all of the above, Windows Live ID. This appears due for an upgrade to v5.5 in the near future, with the new Delegated Authentication website already using the new version. WL ID has made great improvements in the last few releases, notably with Linked Live IDs and the new developer SDKs – it’ll be good to see what else they have up their sleeves.

(To recap, consent.live.com allows users to manage the websites that have access to their information and contacts, and if they so wish, to remove this access. This is particularly relevant in light of the Microsoft + social networks sharing contact information announcement this week.)

Posted March 27th, 2008 at 6:03 am
Category: News
Tags: ID, Wave 3, Windows Live
  • orionll

    Awesome!

    I can’t wait to see some of these products. I am actually in the Albany beta, but I can’t say anything about it ;) .

  • Chris

    Yeah there’s a lot on the way so there’s going to be some good posts coming up.

    http://www.liveside.net/blogs/main/contact.aspx for all those anonymous tips ;)

  • quikboy

    Neat. Didn’t know if there’d ever be Live Movie Maker. I can only hope that would be better than WMM (which I just gave up completely!). Though I hope they fix the old Movie Maker name. It’s gained an unprofessional connotation for good reasons. Movie Fixer or Movie Editor would be better.

    And Live ID’s is really something that MS has over the competition. Loved to see that get even better.

  • benscrsibe

    This is all very promising and I look forward to seeing Live move forward. However, the mere talk of maybe making Windows Live Services something that has to be paid for. Not only will it stall further adoption – it will cause many current users to stop, this one included.

  • G-Z

    Windows Live really needs an answer to the Google Reader, which is a great product. A Killer service without any alternative, as far as I know.

  • Chris

    benscrsibe: it all depends on how Microsoft market it. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue, but we’ve all seen how poor the Windows Live marketing is, I’m just giving a pre-emptive warning so to speak.

    Current users won’t stop, it’ll just cause a bit of an outrage amongst bloggers.

  • benscrsibe

    I agree that MS has done a lackluster job of marketing live, and I’m not sure I see how charging for features that can be freely obtained by other means will change that. I do think MS needs to do more outreach to users to get them interested and excited. Part of the problem is I have a sense that MS doens’t really know what they want to do with Windows Live – or at least that’s the marketing impression I’m left with.

  • SteveBallmer

    … as usual Apple is light years behind us in this tech!

    http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com