Windows Live is not one application or service but rather a suite of applications and services.

The Windows Live applications are applications that one would think should be included with the installation of Windows 7 but instead are available as free downloads. These applications include:

  • Windows Mail
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Family Safety
  • Windows Live Toolbar
  • Windows Live Writer

The Windows Live services are a group of services or web sites also available for free. These services or web sites include:

  • Windows Live Calendar
  • Windows Live Groups
  • Windows Live Hotmail
  • Windows Live Events
  • Windows Live Photos
  • Windows Live Spaces
  • Windows Live SkyDrive

In a future installment, we’ll look more closely at each of these Windows Live applications and services.

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