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Windows Live Apps: Part useful, mostly useless. November 8, 2007

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.

Microsoft released  Windows live apps to the world and while Microsoft is marketing this release as a major movement to me it just shows Microsoft still doesnt get it.

What do the Windows Live programs have that alternatives dont?  Absolutely nothing.  I have started using Googles offerings because Im a cross platform guy.  I use different operating systems and while I live on Windows Server 2003 that doesnt take away the fact I use Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris and FreeBSD.  The first major killer for me is that Windows Live doesnt work on Windows Server System.  Microsoft knows developers use that platform as a desktop, they even put the Desktop Experience pack into Windows Server 2008 to cater to the people who want to use Windows Server as their desktop and the end result, Windows Live applications do not run on Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008.  Well while Windows Server System may not be able to run Windows Live apps they can run Googles apps.  Google Earth, Picasa, Thunderbird and the range of Googles services work on Windows Server and also more importantly Linux and Mac OS X as well. 

Another major downfall of Windows Live Apps is unlike the Google Pack it contains only Microsoft software where the Google Pack showcases partner and other vendor applications and offerings.

If Microsoft wants to be seen as a serious contender to Google it better start showing something other than another attempt to lock users into their platform.  Microsoft better get serious and quit releasing half-assed Applications as an “answer” to Google and their other competitors.

If you live on Windows XP and/or Windows Vista the applications are very useful and are somewhat elegant.  If you are a power user dont bother.  They are not worth the download.

PC World has an article covering the Windows Live release



1. Andrew - November 29, 2007

Trying to log onto windowslive with my msn.com address is really a bad dream gone horrid.

Even if I eventually succeed after spending an hour at it, all I get is free hotmail, not what I am paying for monthly.
Trying to migrate my msn email to Google does not work either, since when gmail asks for transfer, it gets timed out in two seconds flat, repeatedly. I will be canceling my MSN subscription before the end of 2007. I have been with MSN for 6 years and watching it getting from bad to worse to impossible now

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