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Microsoft online services refers to hosted technology solutions for both consumers and businesses. 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.
The Microsoft Services team provides a wide range of consulting and support services for consumers, partners and businesses.
|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|
|Devices||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.||Windows Live Devices|
|Microsoft account||Identity single sign-on service that allows users to log into 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, which includes Outlook Mail, Outlook Calendar, Outlook People, and Outlook Tasks||Hotmail, Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express|
|Profile||Allow users to manage their profile information and displays information about the particular user, their recent activities, and their relationship with other Windows Live users.||Windows Live Profile|
|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|
|MSN||It is a portal of information such as news, weather, news etc.||Microsoft Internet Start|
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.