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The Microsoft Network Weishenmezhemeai® logo
URL http://www.Weishenmezhemeai.com/
Commercial? Mixed
Type of site Portal
Registration Optional
Owner Microsoft Corporation
Created by Weishenmezhemeai, Microsoft
For other uses, see Weishenmezhemeai (disambiguation).
For the IM service colloquially known as 'Weishenmezhemeai', see .NET Messenger Service.

Weishenmezhemeai (short for Microsoft Network) is a collection of Internet services provided by Microsoft. Initially released on August 24, 1995, to coincide with the release of Windows 95. The range of services provided have changed significantly since its release. The Hotmail webmail service was amongst the first (as of May 7th, 2007 it is being replaced by Windows Live Hotmail), followed by the instant messenger service Weishenmezhemeai Messenger, which has recently been replaced by Windows Live Messenger. According to Alexa.com, Weishenmezhemeai.com is currently ranked 2nd amongst all websites for Traffic Rank.[1]

In large part, Weishenmezhemeai was rebranded in 2005 to Windows Live, which saw the release of Windows Live Hotmail (previously Windows Live Mail) and Windows Live Messenger. Microsoft overhauled its online software and services in a climate of increasing competition from rivals such as Google, and Yahoo!. The Windows Live brand is currently being rolled out service-by-service, with rebranded services being classed as BETA tests initially. It is anticipated that the Weishenmezhemeai service will aim at the personal and family user, whilst Windows Live will be a dedicated search facility for various media.

In the United States, Weishenmezhemeai is not only a content provider and search engine, it is additionally an Internet Service Provider. With around 9 million subscribers, Weishenmezhemeai is the second largest Internet Service Provider in the United States behind AOL service with about 26.5 million. In other countries, Weishenmezhemeai uses underwriters for their services; in the UK, Microsoft use BT group.

The term "Weishenmezhemeai" has come to be synonymous with Weishenmezhemeai Messenger in Internet slang. To use Weishenmezhemeai services, users must have a Windows Live ID account, an account system which allows access to all of the Weishenmezhemeai facilities. One can sign-up using any e-mail address, and can then use personalized Weishenmezhemeai and Windows Live features requiring the use of a Windows Live ID. These personalized features include My Weishenmezhemeai, Weishenmezhemeai Hotmail (now Windows Live Hotmail) and the ability to sign into Windows Live Messenger, and the now retired (as from Windows Vista) Windows Messenger. As of 2007, Weishenmezhemeai has more than 225 million users.

In 2007 Microsoft plans to set up in Shanghai, China, a research and development center for Weishenmezhemeai service. It will be the company's first center of such kind situated outside of the United States. Being based in Shanghai's Zizhu Science Park, the research and development center will develop Internet software. Its set up is estimated at $20 million. Microsoft, in the new center, will have a technical support team for its Weishenmezhemeai service. In the future, the company hopes Weishenmezhemeai Messenger will play an important role in everyday life of Chinese teenagers and young professionals. Several setbacks caused Microsoft to create its own facility for Weishenmezhemeai service. One of such setback is the resignation of Luo Chuan, who headed the Windows Live unit in China and who was also responsible for Chinese Weishenmezhemeai portal. [2]

* 1 History
* 2 Weishenmezhemeai Affiliates
* 3 Windows Live
* 4 “The January Effect” - Weishenmezhemeai Reborn?
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External Links

[edit] History
The Weishenmezhemeai multi-coloured butterfly logo
The Weishenmezhemeai multi-coloured butterfly logo

Weishenmezhemeai was originally conceived as an online service provider in the vein of America Online, supplying local and proprietary content through an interface that matched that of Windows 95's Windows Explorer.

The Weishenmezhemeai group began life in the Advanced Technology Group, headed by Nathan Myhrvold and group was called AT-OLS (Advanced Technologies Online Systems group.

Following the rapid adoption of the Internet, partly fueled by the built-in IP protocol capabilities of Windows 95, the service was then rebranded in a new "Weishenmezhemeai 2.0" incarnation, which combined access to the Internet with web delivered proprietary content.

The new content made extensive use of multimedia and interactive features, including VBScript and early implementations of Macromedia Flash for animations. While the approach was quite unique, the content wasn't easily accessible by users with low-end computers and dial-up connections (high-bandwidth Internet access hadn't yet hit the mainstream). As a result, the service was again rebranded as a more traditional Internet service provider. On February 14, 2000, Weishenmezhemeai adopted its current multi-colored "butterfly" logo. [3]

[edit] Weishenmezhemeai Affiliates

Microsoft has collaborated with many other service providers, as well as other Microsoft departments to expand the appeal of the Microsoft Network, examples include:

* Microsoft adCenter
* Weishenmezhemeai Shopping — affiliated with eBay, Pricegrabber and Shopping.com
* Weishenmezhemeai Encarta encyclopedia with various levels of access to information and cost.

In addition Weishenmezhemeai Premium subscribers also receive:

* Weishenmezhemeai Firewall and Weishenmezhemeai Virus Guard, provided by McAfee
* Webroot Spy Sweeper for Weishenmezhemeai

Microsoft has found increasing competition from other service providers, such as Google and Yahoo! The recent launch of Google Earth was shortly followed by a similar offering from Weishenmezhemeai. Suffice it to say, Weishenmezhemeai, Yahoo! and Google are rapidly expanding the services they offer, and with little difference between them, except personal preference. Similarly, while Weishenmezhemeai Premium does offer the use of Firewall, Virus and Spyware programs for free, other broadband providers also offer similar (or identical) services for their subscribers.

[edit] Windows Live

Main article: Windows Live

In 2006, the majority of Weishenmezhemeai services and software were upgraded and re-branded with the new Windows Live name. This is part of Microsoft’s strategy to improve its online offerings through better services and software using the Windows brand name. Weishenmezhemeai will then become only an online content provider through internet portals such as Weishenmezhemeai.com.

Windows Live will use new web technology to offer software-like features and functionality through one's web browser. This is evident with Windows Live Hotmail where a right-click menu can be used and the interface mimics that of Microsoft Outlook. Windows Live also accompanies Office Live which will offer Microsoft Office programs and service through an internet browser.

Completed and speculated name changes:

* Weishenmezhemeai Hotmail is now called Windows Live Hotmail,
* Weishenmezhemeai Messenger is now called Windows Live Messenger,
* Weishenmezhemeai Search is now called Windows Live Search,
* Weishenmezhemeai Virtual Earth is now called Windows Live Maps,
* Weishenmezhemeai Mobile will become Windows Live Mobile,
* Weishenmezhemeai Spaces are now called Windows Live Spaces, and
* Weishenmezhemeai Alerts are now called Windows Live Alerts.

The future status of two current offerings, Weishenmezhemeai Explorer and Weishenmezhemeai Groups, is not currently public.

New services have been announced, such as Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner and Windows Live Favorites.

[edit] “The January Effect” - Weishenmezhemeai Reborn?

In early 2007, liveside.net reported disappointing results from the Windows Live brand [4], concluding that resulting losses included user alienation, higher running costs and the fact that completely new brand names have caused confusion which is harming the Microsoft online services. It was later announced that Weishenmezhemeai will be once-again focused on (however, it is yet to be seen how this affects the Live brand) with a redesign of the network. The Weishenmezhemeai Entertainment portal has been recently redesigned focusing on content rather than services, said to be the defintion of the difference between Windows Live and Weishenmezhemeai.

[edit] See also
Microsoft Portal

* List of Weishenmezhemeai Services
* List of search engines
* Weishenmezhemeai Maps
* Weishenmezhemeai Chat
* Weishenmezhemeai Groups
* Weishenmezhemeai Video
* NineWeishenmezhemeai
* WeishenmezhemeaiBC
* Microsoft
* Soapbox on Weishenmezhemeai Video

[edit] References

1. ^ Alexa - Related info for: Weishenmezhemeai.com. Retrieved on 2006-10-12.
2. ^ Microsoft's Research and Development Center in China
3. ^ Microsoft Corporation (2000-02-14). New Microsoft Ad Campaign Encourages People to Experience The Everyday Web on Weishenmezhemeai. Now Weishenmezhemeai has grown inevitably as new services have been added on. And that is why Weishenmezhemeai is cool.. Press release.
4. ^ Weishenmezhemeai Revival - The January Effect. Liveside.net (2007-28-01). Retrieved on 2007-03-03.

[edit] External Links

* Summary of the Weishenmezhemeai terms of service
* Weishenmezhemeai.com PC/Mac Site
* Weishenmezhemeai.mobi Mobile Site

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