The new Live services
At yesterday’s annual Microsoft Shareholder meeting, Kevin Johnson (President Platform and Services division) described the new live services to be announced this fall.
The new product announcements will be available as a single download, making available the whole host of Windows Live Services. Joe Wilcox, from Microsoft Watch, correctly pointed out that this entire strategy builds heavily on active Live IDs. Something, that has been identified as critical to Microsoft’s FY 08 success.
Active Live IDs are also central to my current project – Live@edu being one of THE primary activation drivers in the US.
The product enhancements that Kevin Johnson has announced for this fall will take the Live services suite in a whole new direction and I am excited to see the things currently being worked on to be implemented so soon. I believe they will fundamentally change the way we think about software as a service and Live as a means to providing online and offline services.
This is an very thrilling time for everyone. The online and offline services business is going to change and Microsoft is at the forefront of this change.