Tomorrow after I present at the Arizona .NET Users Group, I’m getting on a plane to head to Redmond, WA for some first-party training on the Windows Live platform. I’m not particularly certain what to expect; I think by and large, most of us are a bit ignorant about what the platform has to offer, and while some of the components are incredibly cool (the Virtual Earth API, for example), others seem… not so cool (such as the web-based gadget hosting platform).
One thing is certain – with the Windows Live platform, Microsoft is making a huge effort at hitting web-connected technologies. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t too little, too late (Blogger, Facebook, Google Maps, and Flickr come to mind as functional precursors for the corresponding Windows Live services), but at the same time, the ability to have everything integrated into one service could be advantageous. To that end, we’ll need to see how things play out.
Stay tuned for new information about the Windows Live platform, direct from Redmond.