|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (December 2012)|
Microsoft services refer to a collection of free online services by Microsoft. These services were previously branded under the Windows Live umbrella. Among the services offered are webmail, storage, contacts and calendar. They are accessed with a Microsoft account.
|Service||Description||Previous name or predecessor|
|Bing||Bing is a web search engine from Microsoft. It includes a list of search suggestions in real time and a list of related searches (called "Explorer Panel" on the left side of search results).||Live Search, Windows Live Search, MSN Search|
|Calendar||Time management service that allow users to organize appointments, schedule meetings, set reminders, and share their calendar events.||Hotmail Calendar, Windows Live Calendar|
|Microsoft account||Identity single sign-on service that allows users to log in to various Microsoft products and services. Users can manage their accounts and link multiple IDs together using this service.||Windows Live ID, Passport, Wallet|
|Outlook.com||Free webmail service.||Hotmail, Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express|
|People||The address book service, which allows users to keep track and synchronize their contact's information. Allow users to add contacts from other social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Flickr and soon Sina Weibo and Skype to their Microsoft account.||Windows Live Contacts, Windows Live People|
|OneDrive||Password-protected online file storage and sharing, includes management of photos and Office documents. Also allow users to view and edit Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents directly in the web browser using Office Web Apps, and allow sharing and co-authoring of these documents with other users.||FolderShare, Live Mesh, Windows Live Mesh|
All web services feature a Metro user interface. The UI's header contains a pull-down element which allows users to switch to Outlook.com, People, Calendar, and SkyDrive. The header's color also changes depending on the web service the user is using (with the exception of Outlook.com). It allows users to customize the header's color according to their preference. The interface also has an in-built Messaging sidebar that allows users to interact with their contacts on Messenger, Facebook and Skype using instant messages, audio calls and video calls.
The interface looks like this: