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Life in the Cloud ...


Over the last four decades computers and the internet have changed the way we live, study, work and have fun. Big IT giants like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and IBM have been the key drivers of this remarkable change of life. Amazingly this change has been revolving around a box of hardware which we call a Personal Computer and a bunch of software which has a vast spectrum starting from Operating Systems, Applications, Services, Games, and many more. During this time everything surrounding the computer world also evolved, in some occasions to unbelievable heights I must add. Storage capacities have gone up from couple of megabytes to several terabytes. Computer Processor speed have gone up from several megahertz (MHz) to couple of gigahertz (GHz). Big old computers have turned into small sleek looking handheld devices. Without a doubt this evolution will continue ...


While all these happenings, in case if you are wondering what’s next big things in the dynamic world of IT, the next big change is just around the corner ... Cloud Computing is what it is called. Cloud computing is Internet based development and use of computer technology. In other words It is a style of computing in which resources are provided “as a service” over the Internet to users who need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure that supports them. All the technology giants are doing their part to prepare for this next big step. All of them have different approaches and plans for the cloud. Over the past 30 years Microsoft Corporation has been the key in bringing computing to the general public. Over a billion people use Microsoft tools and technologies around the world today. Stepping into the ‘next’ big revolution to provide a better connected experience to the existing users and to connect more people from around the world Microsoft built Windows Live, their solution for the Cloud Computing era.


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Windows Live platform from Microsoft consists of many services offering users several useful, educational fun to use services. Among them the most prominent once are Spaces, Messenger, SkyDrive, Photos, Writer, Mesh, Office Live Workspaces etc, … and the list goes on with many more services. In this article you’ll find more details about these.


A Windows Live ID is the single piece of information you need to access all the services in the Live platform. You can create your Windows Live ID by visiting http://login.live.com Here you have the option to create a new Live ID or convert your existing email it into a Windows Live ID. Once you create your Windows Live ID you can login once and seamlessly navigate though all the Live services on the web. Also this Live ID can be used with several other software and hardware options such as Live Desktop Applications and Xbox 360 gaming console.


Windows Live Search is the most important service in the platform. This search engine offers some innovative features, such as the ability to view additional search results on the same web page and the ability to dynamically adjust the amount of information displayed for each search-result (i.e. just the title, a short summary, or a longer summary). It also allows the user to save searches and see them updated automatically on www.live.com. Live search provides search functionalities for Images, Videos, Maps as well.

Windows Live Search

Windows Live™ Spaces, the next generation of the world’s most widely used blogging service, MSN® Spaces has now picked-up phase and growing with subscriptions and live spaces sites. MSN attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 42 markets and 21 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Windows Live, a new set of personal Internet services and software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. MSN and Windows Live will be offered alongside each other as complementary services.

Expanded social networking opportunities through Windows Live Spaces are balanced by enhanced privacy tools that give users full control over permission settings to specify who can contact them through the service, see their profile information and view the contents of their site. The respective permissions and communications preferences are clearly displayed alongside the user’s profile information and can be updated at any time. For those under age 18, the default setting in their Windows Live Spaces profile is that only people in the user’s Windows Live Messenger contact list can gain access to his or her space.


It is widely expected that consumers in Sri Lanka, especially home users with friends and family residing in overseas and students will be early adopters of Windows Live Spaces to stay connected and share life’s digital moments.

Windows Live Spaces

Windows Live Spaces
 

Windows Live Hotmail is the evolution of the legacy hotmail system with loads of new features and of course capacity. Right now it offers 5GB of disk space per email account. If you are an existing Hotmail or msn email user your email account is already upgraded to the new Windows Live Hotmail. New Email system seamlessly integrates with the services like Windows Live Calendar, Windows Live Events etc.


If having more and more disk space in your online account is your key concern, Windows Live SkyDrive is the tool for you (http://skydrive.live.com). It offers a whooping 25GB absolutely free. You are allowed to store all types of files and access from anywhere in the world. Combined to the SkyDrive you get your online photo store Windows Live Photos. Uploading photos is a simple process which allowed you to drag and drop. Once files are uploaded you can view those in a great looking slideshow.

Windows Live Hotmail


Windows Live Hotmail is the evolution of the legacy hotmail system with loads of new features and of course capacity. Right now it offers 5GB of disk space per email account. If you are an existing Hotmail or msn email user your email account is already upgraded to the new Windows Live Hotmail. New Email system seamlessly integrates with the services like Windows Live Calendar, Windows Live Events etc.

If having more and more disk space in your online account is your key concern, Windows Live SkyDrive is the tool for you (http://skydrive.live.com). It offers a whooping 25GB absolutely free. You are allowed to store all types of files and access from anywhere in the world. Combined to the SkyDrive you get your online photo store Windows Live Photos. Uploading photos is a simple process which allowed you to drag and drop. Once files are uploaded you can view those in a great looking slideshow.

Windows Live Services are seamlessly interested with a suite of desktop applications called Windows Live Essentials http://download.live.com. Through this you can install Messenger – an instant messaging tool, Photo Gallery – photos management tool, Toolbar – a tool to have all Live access in one place, Live Writer – a special tool that allows you to publish contents to your Live Spaces blog.

Windows Live is not only for your desktop computer or for your laptop. It expands its horizons to the mobile platform as well. Through Windows Live for Mobile you can have couple of these applications running on your Windows Mobile. Also through newest member in the growing list of Live Services, Windows Live Mesh, it’s possible to synchronize data among multiple devices.

Each user is different. To facilitate individual preferences Windows Live platform offers an absolutely amazing level of customization. This includes changing the layout, theme, colors fonts etc.


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Article by: Wellington Perera
Information Sources: www.microsoft.com, www.wikipedia.org, www.winsupersite.com