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									Fact Sheet — Windows Live

   Windows Live
   Fact Sheet | January 2009

   With the latest free services from Windows Live, Microsoft Corp. has built a
   solution helping consumers around the world connect and share — all in one
   easy spot. Windows Live makes it easy to keep your life in sync with a range
   of services and applications that are designed to work together, across the
   PC, the phone and the Web, with the flexibility to let individuals decide
   how, when and where to best use the services in their online lives.

   Over the coming weeks, the next generation of Windows Live will become
   available at, bringing enhanced tools to
   make online activities easier, more integrated and more intuitive. More than
   460 million customers around the world rely on Windows Live for e-mail,
   messaging, and sharing photos and files they create within their networks of
   friends, family members, business associates and more.

   The new Windows Live experience also is enhanced with feeds from third-party
   sites that help you stay up to date on what’s new with friends and family, and
   see information from other online services such as Flickr, Pandora,
   Photobucket, Twitter, WordPress and Yelp — all in one place. In the coming
   months, Facebook will join the 58 sites that Microsoft has partnered with

   This document provides an overview of some significant enhancements to the
   Windows Live Web services and applications for the PC, now called Windows
   Live Essentials, as well as Windows Live for Mobile. The new Windows Live
   includes the following Web services:

      Windows Live Calendar. With the completely revamped Windows Live Calendar,
       it’s easier to manage and share multiple calendars (you can even subscribe
       to third-party calendars supporting the open iCalendar standard), share
       to-do lists with family and friends, track tasks, create automatically
       generated birthday and holiday calendars, sync with Microsoft Office
       Outlook and Windows Live Mail, and stay organized.

      Windows Live Events. Create and send online event invitations and host
       event-related interactions — even share photos after the event takes
       place. Windows Live Events offers ready-made templates for a variety of
       common events, and integrates with multiple online calendars and the new
       “What’s New” feed in Windows Live Messenger.

      New! Windows Live Groups. This new service allows teams, clubs and friends
       to more easily collaborate online and engage in discussions, create a
       shared calendar, share photos and files they create, or simply chat

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      New! Windows Live FrameIt. Windows Live FrameIt allows you to dynamically
       deliver photos and other content such as news, traffic and weather
       information directly to digital picture frames that are wirelessly
       enabled. Set up personalized albums that contain pictures and content from
       any compatible photo-sharing site to be delivered to any compatible
       wireless picture frame and have that content dynamically updated when new
       images are uploaded.

      Windows Live Hotmail. For the newest version of Windows Live Hotmail,
       Microsoft focused on making Hotmail simpler, faster and more intuitive
       than previous versions via a sleek new interface that brings the best of
       Hotmail with faster performance. Other new features and enhancements that
       will be made available to Hotmail customers over the coming months include
       the following:
       -   Integration of the “What’s New” feed. After you send an e-mail to a
           friend, Windows Live displays a page confirming the e-mail has been
           sent. If the friend is part of your Windows Live network, you also will
           see a concise update of the friend’s online activity, on both Windows
           Live and third-party services.
       -   Better spam protection. Spam in the Hotmail inbox has been reduced by
           80 percent compared with August 2006.
       -   POP access. You can access the previously downloaded content in your
           Windows Live Hotmail inbox while offline using Windows Live Mail or
           Microsoft Office Outlook with Post Office Protocol (POP) access.
       -   POP aggregation. This feature offers one place for your e-mail. With
           POP access in Windows Live Hotmail, any non-Hotmail e-mail account that
           is POP-enabled (such as one from Yahoo! Mail Plus, Gmail or AOL) can be
           imported into Hotmail for convenient, one-stop access. There are
           options to see all e-mail in one inbox or have each account filtered
           into a separate folder that users specify and label.
       -   Quick Add. Quick Add is a convenient tool for quickly finding and
           embedding Web images, restaurant reviews, maps, directions, movie times
           and more into e-mail messages — without ever having to leave the
           compose e-mail page.
       -   Instant messaging in Windows Live Hotmail. The Windows Live Messenger
           instant messaging service can be used to send and receive instant
           messages from the Hotmail inbox.

      New! Windows Live Photos. Create Web slide shows and share photos through
       Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Groups, Windows Live Events, Windows
       Live FrameIt and Windows Live Spaces. You can even see all your photos
       from Windows Live Photos on many Web-enabled cell phones. Windows Live
       Photos includes great tools and features, such as these:
       -   People tagging. You can identify and tag people in your photos, and see
           other photos that they are tagged in.

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       -   Commenting. You can add comments to photos and see comments friends
       -   “What’s New” feed. You can monitor the photos that people in your
           network post on Windows Live.
       -   Shared albums. You can create albums on Windows Live Groups and give
           friends permission to add and tag photos and collaborate to create a
           shared album that combines the best photos from all group members.
      Windows Live SkyDrive. Enjoy increased ease and storage capacity from
       Windows Live SkyDrive, now offering 25 GB of online storage and tighter
       integration with other Windows Live services. Upload photos, home movies
       and other files you create, and access them online from virtually any
       device connected to the Internet.

      New! Windows Live Profile. Quickly and easily broadcast information about
       yourself from Windows Live and ultimately 58 partner sites to your Windows
       Live network. You decide what information you want to share with your
       friends, family and Windows Live network. Anything that you choose to
       share on Windows Live or on select third-party services is automatically
       reflected on your profile as well as throughout most other services in
       Windows Live. You are in control, whether you broadcast your activities to
       the world, share only with designated friends and family, or share with no
       one at all. The Profile page is also the place to invite your existing
       friends and contacts from your favorite third-party services to Windows
       Live so that they can stay in sync with your latest updates. You also can
       choose to publish your activity from 58 third-party sites to your Windows
       Live feed, to allow your network to see updates from your online
       activities in a single place.

      New! Windows Live People. The Windows Live People page is for the storage
       and management of your Windows Live contacts. It’s a central address book
       that contains your contacts from Windows Live Hotmail as well as all the
       people in your Windows Live network (Windows Live Spaces and Windows Live
       Messenger contacts). With Windows Live People, you can invite your
       contacts from third-party services, organize contacts into categories and
       assign permissions that put you in control of what your contacts can see.
       The People page is accessible everywhere in Windows Live through the
       header, so you can add, invite, follow or connect with your contacts
       wherever you are in Windows Live. You also can chat with your IM contacts
       directly from the page with Windows Live Messenger for the Web.
      Windows Live Spaces. With 175 million customers, Windows Live Spaces is a
       central part of the Web experience on Windows Live, designed to be the
       place where you communicate and share things important to you with your
       Windows Live network and beyond. With the newest version, Microsoft has
       focused on improving the experience by making the fonts easier to read and
       generally improving the user interface. Windows Live Spaces is your
       personal canvas where you can blog and share photos, create custom lists
       of information, and add fun gadgets from around the Internet.

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      Windows Live Sync. Formerly known as Windows Live FolderShare, the new
       Windows Live Sync enables you to keep your files and folders synchronized
       across PCs and Macs. The new features include Windows Live ID integration
       for a unified sign-on experience and functional enhancements such as
       Recycle Bin integration for easy file recovery and Unicode support for
       working with files from a broad range of formats.

   Windows Live Essentials. Communication and sharing services are fundamental
   to your Windows experience. Windows Live Essentials gives you a suite of
   applications for instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, photos and more. These
   applications will be regularly updated to provide innovative functionality
   and to work easily with Windows Live and other popular Web-based services. As
   a result, you’ll benefit from rapid delivery of new features and services.

   Windows Live Essentials includes the following free Windows Live
   applications, available for download from

      Windows Live Mail. When you are offline, use Windows Live Mail to access
       previously saved content in Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Calendar
       and Windows Live Contacts.

      Windows Live Messenger. Windows Live Messenger is one of the favorite ways
       that Microsoft customers stay in touch with their contacts. With the
       latest version of Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft has introduced several
       new, socially oriented features and an entirely new look and feel:
       -   Personalization. Personalize nearly everything: Add a profile picture
           or video, display a personal scene in the chat window, update the
           status message with your news, add a favorite link or add what song
           you’re listening to.
       -   Integration of the “What’s New” feed. With the “What’s New” feed in
           Messenger, you can stay in touch with the latest updates from your
           circle of friends at a glance, without the need to log in across
           multiple destinations.
       -   Photo sharing. Photo sharing lets you share and comment on pictures
           while you’re chatting. Show and view pictures directly in the chat
           window and still have ample space to chat. To start photo sharing,
           simply drag and drop pictures into the conversation window.
       -   Favorites. Favorites are your most important contacts. Think of
           Favorites as speed dial for your Messenger contacts.
       -   Groups. Create groups on the fly, and chat simultaneously with up to 20
           members at the same time. A group created in Windows Live Messenger
           also will be created as a Windows Live Group (see above) with all
           related features such as shared calendars, photos and posts.

      New! Windows Live Movie Maker beta. Movie Maker has now been added to
       Windows Live to bring that same simplicity to videos. With Windows Live
       Movie Maker, you can easily turn photos and video memories into great-

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       looking movies to share with family and friends on the Internet, CDs,
       DVDs, your TV, a cell phone or a portable video device, using most popular
       camera types and file formats on the market today.

      Windows Live Photo Gallery. Easily find, fix and share photos with the
       Windows Live Photo Gallery.
       -   Face detection. Windows Live Photo Gallery can recognize the people in
           your photos so that tagging and finding photos of the people you care
           about becomes easy.
       -   Slide shows. Slide shows are easy to make, with built-in special
           effects such as fading and transitions.
       -   Easy photo sharing. Easily share photos via Windows Live Messenger or
           publish to Windows Live Photos, Windows Live Events or Windows Live
           Spaces, where friends can comment on photos. Publish to third-party
           sites with third-party plug-ins.
       -   Edit photos. Remove red-eye, straighten shots, auto-fix images, crop
           pictures and even create panoramic photos.
       -   Easy offline printing. Print photos at one of 71,000 retail locations
           worldwide, or have them delivered to your doorstep.

      Windows Live Toolbar. Get an at-a-glance summary and quick, easy access to
       the people, information and services you care about. With easy access to a
       variety of Windows Live services — Windows Live Mail, Windows Live
       Calendar and Windows Live Photos — you can easily find and share
       information on the Web.

      Windows Live Writer. Edit photos, insert videos directly from your PC and
       add beautiful photo slide shows directly in your blog entries with Windows
       Live Writer. Windows Live Writer works with Windows Live Spaces, as well
       as with third-party services such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad and many
       other popular blogging sites.

      Windows Live Family Safety.2 Parents can help keep children safe by
       managing which Web sites kids can visit and which contacts they can
       communicate with when they are using Windows Live Spaces, Hotmail and
       Messenger. Family Safety even generates reports for parents so that they
       can monitor their children’s activity. Best of all, it lets parents manage
       this from anywhere they are online — on their PC or from the Web.

   Windows Live for Mobile3 brings the Windows Live experience optimized for
   mobile devices. You can access Windows Live services via client applications,
   the mobile Web or short message service (SMS). Go to
   from your mobile phone’s Web browser to get started on the mobile Web. Windows
   Live for Mobile includes the following services:

      Windows Live Hotmail for mobile. Receive Web- and client-based mail on
       your mobile phone and new mail alerts via SMS. The new version of Windows
       Live Hotmail for mobile is focused on making Windows Live Hotmail on the

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       mobile Web faster and more efficient to use than previous versions. Some
       of the new features, scheduled for release in the first half of 2009, are
       -   Mail search. Search within your e-mail.
       -   Rich e-mail. Enjoy HTML rendering of e-mail, including embedded images
           and links.

      Windows Live Messenger for mobile. Enjoy Web-, client- and SMS-based
       instant messaging from your mobile device.

      New! Windows Live Photos for mobile. Experience Web-based photo viewing,
       uploading and sharing, and client-based photo uploading.
       -   Album and photo viewing. View your photos and those of your friends
           using your mobile phone’s Web browser. Browse albums, view photo
           thumbnails, see photo details and add comments.
       -   Photo upload. Publish and share your photos from your Web-enabled
           camera phone.
       -   “What’s New” Photos feed. See if friends have shared new albums or if
           there are new comments on photos.

      New! Windows Live Profile for mobile. Experience Web-based access to view
       and update your information and connect with others.
       -   View profile. View your profile information and that of other people.
       -   Manage friend invitations. Invite friends to join your network and
           accept or decline friends’ requests to connect with you.
       -   “What’s New” feed. See what’s new for the person whose profile you are
           looking at.
       -   Invite a friend. Use SMS to invite a friend to join your network (first
           half of 2009)
       -   Update personal message. Update your personal message via SMS (first
           half of 2009).

      New! Windows Live People for mobile. Access integrated contacts in a
       mobile phone address book for supported devices, a Web-based hub for
       contacts and SMS-based search for contact information.
       -   Contact search. Search for contacts in your contact list using your
           phone’s Web browser.
       -   Search contact information. Use SMS to connect with a Windows Live SMS
           short code to look up a contact’s information (first half of 2009).

      Windows Live Spaces for mobile. Take advantage of Web-based access to your
       personal Web page and blogging.

      New! Windows Live Calendar for mobile. Experience SMS-based access to
       today’s and tomorrow’s appointments.

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       -   Get calendar. Use SMS to send a message with “today” or “tomorrow” to a
           Windows Live SMS short code and get your calendar for the day (first
           half of 2009).

     Microsoft-commissioned Harris Interactive Inc. study, October 2007
     Family Safety software must be installed on each computer that children use.
   If the software is not installed, the safety settings cannot be enforced.
     Standard text and data mobile rates apply.
   For more information, press only:
         Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, (503) 443-7070,

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