With today's announcement of two new managed Windows Live Beta services, Microsoft also unveiled that the Windows Live strategy will goes beyond Windows to Microsoft Office and Windows Mobile as well. Microsoft today unveiled Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta and Windows Live Folders Beta which are going now into a managed Beta testing.
Windows Live Photo Gallery will be an upgrade to Windows Vista's Windows Photo Gallery, offered at no charge and enables both Windows Vista and Windows XP SP2 customers to share, edit, organize and print photos and digital home videos.
The initial managed Beta of Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta is available today in nine markets around the world (including the United States (English and Spanish), China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan and Spain), with more to come. With Windows Live Photo Galery it should become easier to share photos and you be even able to easily publish your photos to your Windows Live Spaces. Something which Windows Live for Windows Mobile 6 already offers.
Now Windows Live Folders sounds even more interesting. Initially it will will provide customers with 500 MB of online storage at no charge. Microsoft sees this limited managed Beta in the United States right now as just a starting point and will begin collecting input from Beta users during the testing process, which will be useful when developing future versions of the service. With Windows Live Folders you will be able to access your own files from wherever you are as well as giving public access to specified folders. Sound interesting, especially if you think about access from a Window Mobile device.
In an interview, Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President, Windows Live Experience Program Management said: "In the future, expect our software plus services strategy to extend beyond Windows to Microsoft Office and Windows Mobile as well."
The software plus services strategy means to deliver software plus services means Microsoft wants to build rich experiences on top of Windows PCs and services like those will be offered through Windows Live. Customers should get the responsiveness, the offline access and the other benefits of a rich client, plus the online services benefits of easy sharing and anywhere access.
Cheers ~ Arne