Jamie Thomson

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What has happened to Windows Live Alerts?

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Of late I have started to wonder what has become of Windows Live Alerts. I personally think its a hugely undervalued service– a mechanism that potentially any 3rd party could hook into in order to deliver notifications to…well…potentially anyone with an email address.

But everything has been very quiet. Firstly, the last blog entry Windows Live Expo Buddy Alerts was on 2nd July. Spaces doesn’t tell you in what year (grrr…) but judging by the content it wasn’t 2008 so the blog has been dormant for at least 16 months. Secondly, Live Alerts isn’t one of the services listed at http://www.windowslive.com.

Until today I’d begun to think that Live Alerts was going to be wound down until I heard something that helped to explain why the Live Alerts team has been so quiet for so long. Live Alerts is part of Windows Azure! In a Channel9 interview today Windows Azure for Developers Azure evangelist Steve Marx, when talking about how Azure users would be notified about anomalies in their hosted service(s), said:

We tie in with Windows Live Alerts ….a really cool service… it provides a platform for generating alerts [from Windows Azure]… Your app can generate an alert from Windows Azure that can be delivered as an email or even a text on your phone.

Interesting stuff. Its great to know that not only is Live Alerts not dead it is well and truly live and kicking and the involvement with Azure partially helps to explain why they have been so quiet for so long. Here’s hoping the blog gets updated soon.


P.S. If you don’t know what Windows Azure is then you have some reading to do. Head to http://www.microsoft.com/azure. Its big. very big.


Written by Jamiet

October 27, 2008 at 9:20 pm

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  1. Windows 7 might not matter to you, but everything that Azure does is meant to go back to the client running either Windows 7 on the desktop or mobile.


    October 29, 2008 at 2:39 am

  2. I like the idea of Windows Live Alerts too. Instead of Facebook, YouTube, and other sites cramming my E-mail inbox with simple notifications, why not just use Windows Live Alerts? Much more easier to deal with if I’m online. If I’m not online, then send to my inbox.


    October 29, 2008 at 5:39 am

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