Microsoft Max was the codename for an incubation effort software application developed by Microsoft. It is an application for creating virtual photograph albums and distributing them online in a peer-to-peer fashion. Features of the Max application included the ability to annotate photos and arrange them in custom layouts, slideshows and a "3D Mantle View," as well as dynamic newspaper-like layouts of RSS feed content.
The longer-term goal of Max was to facilitate peer-to-peer communications of many kinds of files, not just photos. On November 1, 2006, Microsoft announced that the Max project was being discontinued, but hinted that some of the functionality may be integrated into other Windows Live applications or services in the future.
In a news posting at LiveSide, it was reported that Microsoft Max was a preview of a larger project codenamed Project M, which is to be a graphical front end to sharing of all kinds of files, not just pictures, as well as storage and management of the shared files. Built using WPF, it can be used to manage data from various data sources including web, file system, portable devices, e-mail stores as well as share data between disparate data sources. However, it was not made clear whether the project, which was being pursued as a part of Windows Live initiative would reach the market.
- Kip Kniskern. "Windows Live Storage: Live Drive, Sky Drive, SDrive, Project M?". LiveSide. Archived from the original on 2007-06-01. Retrieved 2007-06-27.