Microsoft emailed me the following info about the initial non-beta release of the Windows Live suite:
Today Microsoft Corp. launched the next generation of Windows Live, providing consumers worldwide with a compelling new set of tools and services that help make it easier than ever to communicate and share with the important people in their lives, from anywhere they have Web access across multiple devices. And, with built- in security features, consumers can use Windows Live services with confidence.
A free and fun upgrade for the Windows and online experience, the new Windows Live was launched today at http://www.windowslive.com and at events in New York and Los Angeles.
Windows Live Mail. This desktop mail application provides users with easy access to their Hotmail account, the ability to aggregate multiple inboxes from other accounts such as AOL and Gmail and combine multiple contact lists into one, and simple access using a mobile phone. With the new @live.com e-mail address space, consumers have an opportunity for a new, cool e-mail address.
Windows Live Messenger. Next-generation instant messaging with sharing, video calling and voice over Internet Protocol capabilities makes communication easier, more personal and more fun.
Windows Live Spaces. Users can make memories with family and friends by creating photo albums, blogs, lists of favorites and links to personal videos.
Windows Live Photo Gallery. This is a complete solution for finding, fixing, organizing and sharing your photos and videos, as well as uploading them to Windows Live Spaces, or Flickr or MSN Soapbox with just a few clicks.
Windows Live Events. This free event-planning, invitation and community-building application enables Windows Live customers to conveniently plan all the events in their lives, and to share photos and stories before, during and after those events.
Windows Live Writer. This powerful software plus services application allows users to create and publish rich content to Windows Live Spaces and other blogging services, with a â€śwhat-you-see-is-what-you-getâ€ť (WYSIWYG) editor that makes it simple to add photos, maps, tags and more.
Windows Live for Windows Mobile. This provides rich client-based or browser-based access to Windows Live from a Windows Mobile-based device, including Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Spaces and more.
Windows Live OneCare Family Safety. This provides tools to help parents protect children from inappropriate online content and contacts.