Windows is coming alive! Live Services will be a part of all new Microsoft products going forward. Windows Live Messenger, announced today, allows you to share folders and files locally with fellow users. It also serves up the usual animated emoticons along with multi-player gaming, free PC-to-PC calling, and video chatting. Plus it adds VoIP capabilities that allow you to call telephones around the world for a fee.
Watch a cool video demo of Live Messenger on10.net. Microsoft is getting funky! Cool stuff.
In my opinion the whole move towards Live Services and the "seamless, blended Client-Server-Services" model is FAR more impactful than Vista. Vista is a big deal for sure, and long overdue, but for real immediate impact on millions of users...Live Services is where it is happening. There will be more Live announcements in the near future. Ray Ozzie is already having a huge impact on Microsoft. You will see more over time.