Microsoft Live adds an event management service to its suite of free web services. Though Live Events is not new on the web anymore, the service might actually get some attention and interest and generate a significant amount of usage. The key to the new events management service is that it is integrated within the Microsoft Live Spaces, allowing a smooth interface with other Live services.
The key feature of Live Events is its facility for photo and video sharing after the event has passed. Event organizers can share highlights of the events to those who attended since they are listed even before the event happened. Photos of the event can be easily uploaded and shared directly into the Live Events interface. While videos need to be uploaded in video uploading site. Those who replied to the sent e-invite and attended the event will need to login using their Windows Live ID in order to upload photos and videos of the event.
Live Events invites are easily customizable and preloaded with categorized templates for birthdays, wedding, farewell and dinner. It would have been better though, if users can create their own template and design aside from the preloaded layout. Or hopefully there would be more options in the future.
If you are wondering what’s in this service for Microsoft? I just saw one, and it is a huge ad banner sitting on top of the event I created.
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