What does "Live" mean for developers

A couple of months ago we announced two new Internet based services from Microsoft - Windows Live and Office Live. These services demonstrate how software is evolving through the power of services.

Now, what do these services mean for the developer community?  As always, developers within and outside Microsoft will remain Microsoft’s core constituency.  There are 2 things that I think about in this context:

  • A set of services that we want to provide which will make it easy for developers to develop applications and services using VS.  We took some baby steps with VS 2005 in terms of community integrated search for sample code, starter kits, help information and the like.  There is a lot more that we can and need to do here.
  • Support for features in Visual Studio that makes it a great set of development tools for developers to be able to build and consume services. Again, you can do that with VS 2005 today (creating and consuming Web Services) and with subsequent versions of VS, you will see a lot more here.

We will not only offer Windows Live and Office Live as consumer services but also make them available as rich development platforms.  Developers will be able to customize, enhance and innovate on top of these services.  Here is one scenario that we have talked about in the past - developers targeting the real estate market will be able to use Microsoft Virtual Earth and Windows Live to offer an innovative, dynamic, real-time property mapping service.  Another example that comes to mind is that developers can easily integrate a powerful search engine into their applications, customize email and messaging clients to offer unique communication experiences and enable their applications to create powerful connected applications with few lines of code.  

Check out the Windows Live Ideas page to try out some of the new services.  John Montgomery (who was most recently in Developer Marketing) is now a program manager on my team thinking about what we should be doing in Developer Division to support the “live” world.  If you have ideas for that, please let him know.


Comments (4)

  1. Dear,

    For developers targeting the real estate market to be able to use Microsoft Virtual Earth and Windows Live to offer an innovative, dynamic, real-time property mapping service, at least in Brazil, Microsoft Virtual Earth should improve its imagery data a lot. To see what I am talking about, compare the imagery data from the two URL below and decide which has better quality/resolution? For me, Google Maps and Google Earth beats Microsoft Virtual Earth and Microsoft must improve to get side by side.



    Hop my comments help Microsoft reachs Google, so that they can run, at least, side by side.

  2. gorm says:

    Greetings, sir!

    Could not post suggestion for Live dev; created an account but got:

    Access Denied: Post Permission Denied

    Either this forum does not exist or you are not allowed to post.

    Build on live messenger contact list would be awesome.

    Thanks, Gorm

  3. johnmont says:

    I blogged about that issue at http://blogs.msdn.com/johnmont/archive/2006/01/11/511762.aspx and also fixed it — please go back to http://blogs.msdn.com/johnmont/archive/2006/01/11/511402.aspx and try again.

  4. superloc says:

    For those of you who haven’t seen this webcast yet, I’d recommend it. 2006 is gonna be really EXCITING with technology innovations.


    I looked back and realized how big of an impact software was to my life. It’s just amazing. Where would be without it?

    [sorry for hijacking your topic, Soma.]

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