Microsoft Exchange Labs renamed to “Outlook Live” (but what about SkyLine?)

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted February 12, 2009 3 comments

Outlook Live is the new name for an updated set of services under the Live@Edu banner, offering free email services for students and now faculty and staff for educational institutions that sign up.  Aside from the name change, a number of new features have been added:

– Multibrowser support. Access e-mail over the Web using Windows Internet
     Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
  — Enhanced conversation view. Organize e-mail in a new way that cuts down
     on unnecessary inbox clutter by combining multiple e-mails into a
     single conversation.
  — Integrated instant messaging and presence. Access communications right
     at your fingertips in a single interface that marries e-mail and
     instant messaging from Windows Live Messenger or Microsoft Office

Technet Edge has a video up with a demo of the new features with KC Lemson (who we’ve been following on RSS since forever, good to see her ship cool new stuff :).  Here’s the video:

And yesterday Neowin and Mary Jo Foley reported that a new set of mobile services code named SkyLine may also carry the Outlook Live brand:


For this to make sense (and no guarantee of that), Skyline might well be the mobile portion of a set of Live@Edu services, but for small businesses as well as education, all apparently under the Outlook Live banner.  We expect a number of announcements at the Mobile World Congress, so hopefully the headache this is giving me trying to figure this all out will go away by then.

Posted February 12th, 2009 at 8:25 pm
Category: News
Tags: Live@EDU, Outlook Live
  • JohnCz

    Great stuff. As an Office Live customer, I make use of Windows Live Mail with Outlook client. But its great to see the more advanced features available in Outlook Live. I wonder if Microsoft is thinking about creating some sort of upgrade path for Office Live/Windows Live Mail accounts.

    I’m still scratching my head over this Software+Services roadmap. Sofar, I’m seeing client software that basically mirrors what is available online. For S+S to work, I think they have to differentiate themselves, the PC client has to provide some out of the box “Wow” functionality that makes the case why you want a local processor. To Microsoft credit though, they do seem to be doing a pretty good job in hedging their bets.

  • Perry

    Those screenshots also appear to be from the upcoming WM 6.5…

  • Gerhard Weiss

    I wonder like JohnCz, where does Office Live and Windows Live Mail fit together.