Brandon Leblanc linked a great article by PCWorld editor Preston Galla that discusses 5 cool Windows Live services that are free and easy to use:
When you think of Web apps and services, Microsoft doesn’t immediately come to mind. Lately, though, the company has been rolling out a slew of them, including several that match or beat competing offerings from Google, Yahoo, and any number of startups you’ve never heard of.
Which of those Microsoft services are the best? We’ve tried them all, and we’ve selected five free hidden gems.
You’ll notice that most of these services carry Microsoft’s "Live" brand. If you’re like most people, you’re probably thoroughly confused by the Live lineup, and by what Live actually means–especially since Microsoft has muddied the waters with the newer "Live Essentials" moniker. For the record, Windows Live is a central online location for accessing the Live services and applications. Windows Live Essentials is a subset of the Windows Live brand that houses downloadable applications, including Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Messenger, and others.
Read the entire article here