Back in January, the Live Services Platform, along with Live Mesh, moved under the umbrella of a unified Windows Live organization, as part of Windows and Windows Live Engineering. David Treadwell, the Corporate Vice President for the Live Services Platform moved to report to Steven Sinofsky, President.
Today, as a part of that re-organization, Microsoft is announcing they will shutting down the Live Framework Community Technology Preview (CTP). Developers will have until September 8th to download any data/code from the CTP, remove their devices from the service, and remove any CTP controls from websites.
The Live Framework CTP was running under the Azure umbrella, but moving to Windows Live does not mean that it won’t be available to the Azure Platform, according to information in an email from Angus Logan, Senior Technical Product Manager for the Windows Live Platform:
We launched a CTP of the Windows Azure platform at PDC in October 2008 to collect feedback and input from the community. One of the strongest and most consistent pieces of feedback we’ve received from the community has been around the scope of the Windows Azure platform. Customers and Partners have indicated that they would like clarity around the composition of the platform, and that it should offer operating system, database and connectivity capabilities. We’re acting on this feedback: At this time, the Windows Azure platform comprises Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services.
Live Services are an integral part of Microsoft’s Software + Services story. While Live Services are not a part of the Windows Azure platform, developers can continue to use Live Services in building rich and compelling solutions on the Windows Azure platform. The same also holds true for SharePoint Services and CRM Services. Customers and partners will continue to have the opportunity to utilize these services, plus the Windows Azure Platform, to meet their business objectives.
So what happens next? At PDC in November (and yes we’ll be there), Microsoft will begin to talk about how the Live Framework will be integrated into the next release of Windows Live.
While this move may be a bit painful for the developers who have been using the Live Framework (although it IS a CTP and not production bits), unifying a Live Services framework under Windows Live may ultimately lead to a better all-around experience.