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October 11, 2007

Microsoft adds event planner to Spaces

Posted by David Hunter at 11:05 PM ET.

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



Filed under Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live Events, Windows Live Spaces

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3 Responses to “Microsoft adds event planner to Spaces”

  1. Rob Dolin Says:

    Thanks for the coverage David. I hope you get a chance to test Windows Live Events soon and let folks know what you think. The team blog is at http://thespacecraft.spaces.live.com and I’d personally welcome your feedback too: http://blog.robdolin.com. Cheers–
    –Rob

  2. Jacob Says:

    Looks very good. I just tried it and it was so simple to tailor make an Event right according to my taste. They have a great set of themes and templates to choose from. Also, I like the strong social networking aspect of it. It looks like a lot has changed. The menu system looks different. Its easy to find stuff. Performance has improved. I’m sure there’s a lot more that I haven’t seen. Great job guys !! Keep it up !!

  3. Microsoft ups SkyDrive to 1 GB of online storage -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Last night coincident with the Windows Live Events launch, Microsoft raised the limit for their beta free online storage offering, Windows Live SkyDrive,  to 1GB and made a number of minor functional enhancements. [...]

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