Windows Live Personalized Experience

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Windows Live Personalized Experience logo.
A screenshot of customizable homepage
A customizable homepage
Developer(s) Microsoft
Initial release November 2005; 10 years ago (2005-11)
Stable release Final / August 8, 2008
Type Portal, Homepage

Windows Live Personalized Experience (also known as, previously was a customizable portal launched by Microsoft in early November 2005. It was one of the first Windows Live services to launch.

Features[edit] lets users add RSS feeds in order to view news at a glance. Building off Microsoft's experimental page, could be customized with Gadgets, mini-applications that could serve almost any purpose (e.g. mail readers, weather reports, slide shows, search, games, etc.). Some gadgets integrated with other Windows Live services, including Hotmail, Live Search, and Favorites.

Users could create multiple site tabs and customize each with different feeds, gadgets, layouts, and color schemes, thus making it a competitor to iGoogle and Pageflakes among others.


On December 14, 2004,, the predecessor to, began internal testing. On February 5, 2005, the first version,, went live. On March 10, went live, and on June 3, went live. On September 1, they released to On September 13, developer sites went live.

The domain was previously owned by Live Networks Inc., a producer of streaming network software.[1] Microsoft's launched on November 1, 2005 with the Windows Live brand and various improvements. . By November 8 they had added Firefox support. On November 23 themes were added. On December 15, support for Opera 9, new gadgets, and other improvements went live. On December 20, the search engine was improved. January 27, 2006 saw support for images in RSS feeds. On February 28, the search box was updated. On March 7, was updated with a new look, more gadgets, and an improved interface. It also featured, for the first time, the new Windows Live Search (now Bing). Features included intelligent scrolling, dynamic image search, and saved searches. On March 30, other improvements were made, especially regarding the first run experience and persistence of search-only mode.

On September 12, 2006, officially came out of beta, and a beta version of Mobile was also released for mobile devices. In the following few days, MSN Search began redirecting to the new Windows Live Search, and the rollout was complete.[2]

On August 3, 2007, Microsoft Japan revealed details for Windows Live 2.0 in its annual Business Strategic Meeting 2008, including a new version of Windows Live homepage. A new Windows Live portal, branded Windows Live Home, was expected to be released in Fall 2007, featuring a new interface design together with Windows Live ID improvements.[3] Microsoft later confirmed that Windows Live Home is not a replacement for On November 21, 2007, the team announced on their blog a new version of is in the works.[4]

Because all online Windows Live services are located in subdomains of, the site was once the recognized home of Microsoft's "Live" movement. However, on April 17, 2008, was officially relocated to with its name now referred to as Windows Live Personalized Experience. became the home to Live Search as part of Microsoft's movement to push their online search and advertising services. Windows Live Home became the official home portal for all Windows Live services instead. Windows Live Personalized Experience was updated on August 8, 2008 featuring the new Windows Live 2.0 theme.

When Bing launched in June 2009, started to redirect to; Windows Live Personalized Experience was still accessible at the address. It was announced in mid-January 2010 that Windows Live Personalized Experience would be discontinued as of March 30, 2010, while users are encouraged to use My MSN as a replacement service.[5] In April 2010, started redirecting to My MSN, and started redirecting to Windows Live Home.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Last copy of in the Wayback machine of, September 14, 2005
  2. ^ Blog
  3. ^ ITmedia: "Software as a Service - the business strategy of MSN and Windows Live"
  4. ^ Back again with some great news and more updates
  5. ^ to be discontinued on March 15, 2010

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