Windows Live Events is an online service which lets people not only plan but also manage their events; big or small, casual or formal. One can send online invites to his/her guests. Invites can be embedded with themes and templates. Designing an online invitation is much easier than getting it done on paper. Using Windows Live Events it can be accomplished in a few seconds. A web page of the event is created. Not only does Windows Live let hosts send invites, it gives them a platform to constantly communicate with their guests, both before and after the party. Discussion boards facilitate this. Moreover, event photographs can be uploaded or presented in the form of a slide show so that the memories of the event can be shared with each other and kept alive for a long time. Windows Live provides it users with the advantage of customizing their events using gadgets, specialty themes and pretty layouts. Guests can incorporate events into their Outlook or Google calendars. Windows Live spaces users can thus experience a great party planning environment and also integrate with other services like Windows Live Calendar and Windows Live Spaces. It provides social networking platform to an extent as well.Show more screenshots »
Windows Live is a Microsoft product which was launched as a part of Windows Live range of web services. It was released on October 12, 2007. According to Microsoft, it attracts around 100 million visitors every month and 2.5 billion page views.
Windows Live Events is not way too different from other online social invite services. It offers the same services which are required to plan and manage an event. Although it can be highly customized. It is an attempt to provide Windows Live users an opportunity to organize events. They can embed videos and polls to make the invitations more interesting and attractive.
Windows Event Live has a colorful look. An advertisement banner runs on the top and another on the right side of the page. It uses a white background to enhance the display of invites. Text appears in simple font in black. The site looks a bit crowded, though browsing through pages is not clumsy. The site is bright and lively.
In order to create events, send invites and avail other Windows Live services, users require an id on MSN, Hotmail or MSN messenger. Signing up process is lengthy and a bit time consuming. Windows Live elicits a lot of user information like email, password, alternate emails, security question, first name, last name, gender, birth year, country/region, state and zip code. After completing the registration, the user can get started with creating customized invites. By signing up one gets the benefit of other Window services as well such as Hotmail, One Care, MSN etc.
Microsoft mints money from the Windows Live Events site through advertising. An advertising banner is displayed at the top of all web pages of the site. However, the services of the site come absolutely free of cost to the users.
Windows Live Events is primarily focused at Windows Live users to let them plan, organize and manage their events. Users can also integrate their albums on Windows Live with other sites such as Facebook. It is thus recommended to all those who wish to plan a party or an event but want to save themselves from the agony of sending out paper invites. Invites can be sent out with a few clicks of the mouse.