We're excited to be part of the updated Windows Live Services announcement with Microsoft tonight. Anything that makes photo sharing easier is good for all of us. Photobucket will be an integrated photo partner in Windows Live Services.
Here's what Alex Welch, president of Photobucket, has to say about the announcement:
“Microsoft’s Windows Live is an exciting new platform that enables new experiences for both Photobucket and Microsoft users that would not otherwise be possible,” said Alex Welch, president of Photobucket. “Online photo sharing is an important part of people’s everyday lives and, as the leading stand-alone photo and video-sharing Web site, Photobucket is thrilled to be teaming up with Windows Live to make this experience even easier for users.”
Microsoft's press release explaining all the good stuff is below.
Microsoft Introduces Updated Windows Live Services
Leading Web companies work with Microsoft to simplify life online with e-mail, messaging, photo and file sharing, and more.
REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 12, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the
next generation of Windows Live, an integrated set of online services
that make it easier and more fun for consumers to communicate and share
with the people they care about most. The new generation of Windows
Live includes updated experiences for photo sharing, e-mail, instant
messaging, as well as integration with multiple third-party sites. The
release also includes Windows Live Essentials, free downloadable
software that enhances consumers’ Windows experience by helping them
simplify and enjoy digital content scattered across their PC, phone and
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Consumers today are creating online content and sharing it in many
places across the Web. To help make is simple for the more than more
than 460 million Windows Live customers to keep their friends up to
date, Microsoft is collaborating with leading companies including
Flickr, LinkedIn Corp., Pandora Media Inc., Photobucket Inc., Twitter,
WordPress and Yelp Inc. to integrate activities on third-party sites
into Windows Live though a new profile and What’s New feed. The new
Windows Live also gives consumers the added convenience of having a
central place to organize and manage information.
“Think of Windows Live as the single place where people using our
e-mail, messaging and photo-sharing services can stay connected,” said
Chris Jones, corporate vice president of Windows Live Experience
Program Management at Microsoft. “Our customers have friends across the
Web. They communicate through many unconnected Web services and want
access to it all from a single location — without worrying about how
it’s done. Now Windows Live takes care of that, with an integrated
personal communication service that works across the Web with optimized
experiences on the PC and mobile phone.”
Microsoft Partners Support New Generation of Windows Live
The ability for Windows Live customers to add third-party sites to
their profiles and have those activities appear in a Windows Live feed
across their network was made possible through collaboration with more
than 50 leading Web companies, including Flickr, LinkedIn, Pandora,
Photobucket, Twitter, WordPress and Yelp, among others. As Windows Live
customers share photos, update their profiles and write reviews, these
activities will automatically publish to their Windows Live network.
“Microsoft’s Windows Live is an exciting new platform that enables new
experiences for both Photobucket and Microsoft users that would not
otherwise be possible,” said Alex Welch, president of Photobucket. “Online photo sharing is an important part of people’s everyday lives
and, as the leading stand-alone photo and video-sharing Web site,
Photobucket is thrilled to be teaming up with Windows Live to make this
experience even easier for users.”
In addition to partnering with leading Web companies, Microsoft
announced alliances with HP and China Telecom Corporation Ltd. to
deliver Windows Live services to more people across the globe. HP, the
worldwide leader in printing solutions, will distribute Windows Live
Photo Gallery with its consumer printers, including Photosmart and
Deskjet lines, starting next year. The combined offer provides HP
customers with Windows Live Photo Gallery, an end-to-end photo
management and printing solution.
“Beginning in 2009, HP will feature Windows Live Photo Gallery and HP
Creative Print Projects across the HP Photosmart and HP Deskjet
consumer printing portfolios,” said Sam Greenblatt, general manager of
Core Technologies, Imaging and Printing Group, at HP. “We are pleased
to be working with Microsoft to provide an enhanced user experience for
our customers. This offering will allow users to print, share, organize
and edit a wide array of creative print projects at home, such as photo
books, collages, cards and calendars.”
China Telecom, one of the world’s largest telecommunications, broadband
and mobile services providers, is committed to providing a world-class
integrated information service. The company will be providing a
co-branded version of the new Windows Live Messenger to its Internet
services subscribers on PCs and through mobile devices in the near
New Ways to Communicate, Share and Organize, at Home or on the Go
The changes to Windows Live announced today make it easier for
consumers to manage their digital life and keep their life in sync.
Highlights include these:
- Windows Live is making new social features available to all
customers, including an updated profile, a “what’s new” feed of
activities across the network and Web, photo sharing, and on-the-go
access from virtually any device with Windows Live SkyDrive. Online
storage is increasing from 5 GB to 25 GB.
- Windows Live Messenger, the No. 1 instant messaging service
worldwide with more than 330 million active customers, now includes
more personalization, a “what’s new” feed with updates from contacts
across the Web, drag-and-drop photo sharing in the conversation window,
a favorites list to designate the most important contacts, and group IM
to chat simultaneously with up to 20 people at the same time.
- Windows Live Hotmail, one of the largest e-mail services
worldwide with more than 375 million active customers, is getting a
significant upgrade. It is now much faster and has 80 percent more
effective spam filtering1 compared with previous versions of Hotmail.
Upcoming changes include the ability to bring multiple e-mail accounts
together, the ability to put multiple e-mail addresses onto almost any
device, increased storage, and a revamped calendar that makes it easier
to share calendars with others, subscribe to multiple calendars and use
your calendar with Microsoft Outlook.
- Windows Live Groups, a place for groups to collaborate online,
includes a shared calendar, shared storage, a shared e-mail address,
and shared instant messaging.
All of these services work with Windows Live Essentials, a suite of
applications for communication and sharing that also works with leading
e-mail, photo and blogging services worldwide.
This next generation of Windows Live, available at
http://www.windowslive.com, will begin rolling out to customers in the
U.S. over the coming weeks and will be made available globally in 54
countries and in 48 languages by early 2009. Today’s release not only
marks a milestone in the evolution of the Internet, but also represents
a key new opportunity for developers, advertisers and other
organizations to build services that serve their respective
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1 As compared to Hotmail August 2006.
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