Tonight Microsoft started rolling out an event planning feature called Windows Live Events for their Spaces blogging service:
The free social event planning service lets you invite friends to an event and creates a Web page where people can share photos and stories with blog entries after the event. It uses the same infrastructure as Windows Live Spaces and lets you use your contact list there or in Hotmail or Messenger.
It’s got all the standard online invite features and allows you to include a map and customize. I’m not sure if it will dent the business of pioneer Evite.com, but if you use Spaces it should be easy and offering the ability to upload photos for everyone to see could be handy.
There are some nice screen shots if you follow the link. You can also try it out at http://events.live.com/, but since it is being rolled out gradually you may not see it yet. In the broader scheme of things, this appears to be yet another not particularly novel feature intended to round out the the Windows Live experience. That doesn’t mean Windows Live Events is bad, just that it is another face in the crowd.
Update 10/12: Spaces itself was also updated in regard to photo handling, as Kip Kniskern describes at Liveside