And Now, Windows Live Is a Social Network

image*Microsoft* has launched a new version of its Windows Live service, or whatever it was before (search plus its myriad communication services tacked on), and now it is a full-blown social network, with the idea to integrate all the disparate MSFT online services, as well as allow other third-party services to be embedded within it. Pretty much everything except MySpace and Facebook is integrated into the new service, including Flickr, LinkedIn, Pandora, Photobucket, Twitter, WordPress and Yelp. Nevermind that MSFT has a big investment in Facebook…apparently it is only being used to “borrow” ideas: It has the now-de-rigueur news feed, a la Facebook, which lets you track your friends and their activities. Apparently, people who have reviewed it like it. More details in the release.

Meanwhile, I am still confused by this proliferation of online services — Live.com, Home.live.com, WindowsLive.com, Windows Live Spaces, MSN Web Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, MSN Hotmail, Windows Live Hotmail, etc etc. Maybe I am missing something…oh wait, all of them are now one giant social network…that’s easy. I get it.

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