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.
An online device management service that will allow users to centrally access and manage the synchronisation of files stored on their computers and mobile devices. Windows Live Devices will also allow users to remotely access their computers from the internet via their web browser.
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.
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.
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.