Jamie Thomson

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Where will your LiveID take you today?

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I read with interest Chris Overd’s blog entry on Liveside yesterday entitled Windows Live Messenger – more new features expected. Like Chris I am most excited by the appearance of the What’s New feed in Messenger – I expect that to have a fantastic viral effect on the uptake of Windows Live. Chris states:

Check out what playlists your Zune friends have made, or what files they’ve added to Skydrive for example. This should drive cross-platform integration in a big way, and turn Windows Live into a truly cohesive web platform.

Since I started blogging about Windows Live a couple of years ago this is what has really excited me about the potential of the platform. That magical Windows Live ID is the key to so many doors and everything on the other side of those doors can become integrated together using the Windows Live services and the Windows Live platform. When Windows Live launched Spaces’ What’s New feed on 11th October 2007 I was first to talk about it in my blog entry New Spaces home page and therein I spoke of the potential of the What’s New feed being used to display activity from any property that uses Windows Live ID. Windows Live Program Manager and celeb-geek Dare Obasanjo picked up on that blog entry and posted the following in reply in his blog entry Windows Live Events and Updated "What’s New" page on Windows Live Spaces:

I also noticed some initial feedback on this feature in the blog post by Jamie Thomson…If you work for a Microsoft property that would like to show up on the "what’s new" page, … then give me a shout

Dare was inviting other people to get their activity into the feed and judging by what Chris says (see emphasis above) that is now happening because we’re going to see Zune Social activity in there (way cool). As I did last October I find myself wondering what else could appear in the What’s New feed. How about the following:

  • XBox Live achievements
  • Planning a public event at http://events.live.com
  • Collections shared from Live Maps
  • Live Search macros created
  • Videos posted on MSN Soapbox or Silverlight Streaming
  • Questions asked on Live QnA
  • Comments left on someone’s Live Space
  • Question posed in the Zune Social forums
  • Films watched on Windows Media Center
  • Mesh applications added to my Mesh (when Live Mesh gets released in its entirety)
  • Joining an MSN Group
  • Purchasing a song from Zune Marketplace

I’m sure there’s tonnes more that could go into the What’s New feed. Have you any ideas?



Written by Jamiet

September 5, 2008 at 3:53 pm

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  1. Office Live Workspace ? :P

    September 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm

  2. Ah, yes, of course. Publicly available OLW documents could go into the feed couldn’t they? good point.


    September 5, 2008 at 10:42 pm

  3. They really need to use the metadata from what you watching on media center.


    September 6, 2008 at 1:35 am

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