Wednesday, June 13, 2012

sdtimes: Windows Live Is Dead RIP

Zeichick’s Take: Windows Live ends without even a whimper, and won’t be missed

 Alan Zeichick
May 30, 2012 —  (Page 1 of 2)
Remember Microsoft’s Windows Live brand? To be honest, I’d forgotten all about it. Randall Stross, a writer for The New York Times, noted its demise in “Goodbye to Windows Live (and Whatever It Meant),” and that sparked some vague memories.

Windows Live was launched by Microsoft about a million years ago—November 2005, to be precise—to consolidate its myriad Web-based properties. Here’s an excerpt from a message from the Windows Live Team blog archive in August 2007:
... While some of the services have been well received—Hotmail is still popular, and critics are raving about SkyDrive—the Windows Live name didn’t work. Perhaps customers grokked that Windows is a family of operating systems, and that extending the Windows brand to a set of websites simply didn’t make any sense whatsoever.

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