Windows Live gets its social makeover

Microsoft's social networking-infused makeover of Windows Live, detailed last month, begins to show itself publicly.

The new Windows Live Home page bears more than a passing resemblance to social sites like Facebook.

Microsoft has started to roll out a series of changes, outlined in November, that give Windows Live a more social networking-like feel .

Windows Live staples such as Spaces, Events, and the home page get a new look, while Microsoft is also putting special emphasis on group, profile, and photo pages.

"Essentially we're launching 'the new face of Windows Live' on the web today," Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog posting.

The changes, which are being rolled out over the next 24 hours, also include a bump in the limit for Microsoft's SkyDrive online storage, which now offers 25GB of storage and improved photo slide shows on the Web.

Also new is the ability to import contacts directly from Facebook to Windows Live.

Take a look and let me know what you think of the makeover. Does it make Windows Live look young and hip, or like an actress that's had one too many face-lifts?

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