Windows Live: we just did cool

If you haven't heard, this was a BIG announcement this week by Microsoft that signals our intention to provide more hosted services. For the first time in 3 years I have changed my homepage - to - it's just a cool, clean and very useful site. I imported my OPML file so I can now browse my favourite RSS feeds from anywhere, I can drag and drop "gadgets" to lay out my page the way I like....and, it's It's encapsulated by this:

"Windows Live is based on one simple idea: that your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together. So all the things you care about online - your friends, the latest information, your e-mails, searching the Net - all come together in one place. Windows Live is a brand new Internet experience designed to put you in control. And this is just the beginning-you'll see many more new products in the coming months."

The announcments were all a bit of a surprise but for me a plesant one. When I look at it showed the real potential that we have on the web now to deliver very fast, interactive and intuitive applications - largely through the use of AJAX technology. I should point out that this is "async Javascript and XML" rather than a popular household cleaning product here in the UK.

Meantime, Office Live is desgined for small businesses with up to 10 employees - by providing a web site, domian name and email accounts for free. More on that soon.

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