With the changes announced today at the Building Windows 8, it is time to start getting adjusted to new terms. After all, when logging on to Windows 8 with your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID, the apps will be immediately available with the information provided by cloud services.
The chart below was provided at the Building Windows 8 blog showing the new breakdown of software and services.
| Service || Windows 8 || Windows Phone || Web/HTML 5 |
| API (dev. |
| Earlier Versions |
| Account || Microsoft account || Microsoft account || Account.live.com || OAUTH || Windows Live ID, Passport |
| Storage/ |
| SkyDrive app, SkyDrive Desktop || SkyDrive app, Office app || SkyDrive.com || REST, JSON || FolderShare, Live Mesh, Windows Live Mesh |
| Email || Mail app || Mail app || Hotmail.com || EAS || Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express |
| Calendar || Calendar app || Calendar app || Calendar.live.com || EAS, REST || Windows Live Mail, Windows Calendar |
| Contacts || People app || People app || People.live.com || EAS, REST || Windows Contacts |
| Messaging || Messaging app || Messaging app || Integrated in Hotmail and SkyDrive || XMPP || MSN Messenger |
| Photos/ Videos || Photos app, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker || Photos app, Camera Roll || Photos.live.com || REST, JSON (via SkyDrive) || Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Movie Maker |
Even if you aren't testing Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the live.com links all work. Go ahead, give it a try. Check your calendar at http://calendar.live.com or look up a contact at http://people.live.com.
See the Building Windows 8 blog for additional information about the rebranding of Windows Live as Microsoft Apps. Detailed information has been promised in upcoming articles about Microsoft account, cloud services, SkyDrive, Hotmail, Messenger, as well the work Microsoft is doing with Skype.
*Windows Live Essentials Applications
- Windows Live Family Safety
- Windows Live Mail
- Windows Live Mesh
- Windows Live Messenger
- Windows Live Messenger Companion
- Windows Live Movie Maker
- Windows Live Photo Gallery
- Windows Live Sign-in Assistant
- Windows Live Writer
- Bing Bar
- Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector
- Microsoft Silverlight