Windows Live takes on RSS readers, social bookmarks, to-do lists


Microsoft’s online personal portal Windows Live offers users a centralized webspace to monitor RSS feeds from news websites and blogs, e-mail messages from Hotmail and, an online to-do list and various other information like weather updates, stock prices and horoscopes.

Windows Live also offers online bookmarking capabilities similar to that of and Yahoo! My Web 2.0. The site allows for additional functionalities through what it calls as gadgets, which function like online and desktop widgets.

Among the cool gadgets currently available is a simple to-do list you can add to your page. The to-do list is even simpler than that of and comes with less functionalities. But if you plan to make your Internet start up page, you wouldnt need features like e-mail alerts since the page would be the first thing you open when you go online.

You can also integrate Virtual Earth into your page using a gadget.

Its Favorites service promises to free Internet Explorer from the confines of your desktop and allow you to take your bookmarks anywhere. It misses a crucial feature, though-the ability to import bookmarks already stored in other services like Yahoo offers users an easy way to import bookmarks. Windows Lives Favorites also offers tagging of the links via keywords.

The service, however, is still slow even in a broadband connection. It may be because Im using Internet Explorer since the site still doesnt have Firefox support. But once it gets Firefox or Opera support, I’m sure many people would be using the service more extensively.

Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch said it well: “After what I saw today, I despair for many a silicon valley startup.”

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  1. I basically agree that this is an impressive introduction. Gadgets should be great too, but how about integrating storage? That is really what I think is missing right now on all these Ajax portal pages.

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