Microsoft is adding event planning to the Windows Live suite of services.
Microsoft said the new service, Live Events, would offer more than existing online invitation services, such as the popular Evite. Like those services, users of Live Events will be able to design a web page and invitation to an event, choosing from over 100 templates. They can customise further by changing the font and background images and dragging and dropping different components of the site.
Users can choose e-mail addresses of people to invite to their event from an address book they may already have in Hotmail or Messenger. They can also type in email addresses.
One feature that may set Live Events apart from other similar services is the ability for event participants to visit the invitation site after the event to upload photos or videos or comments, said Jay Fluegel, product manager for Windows Live Events. Then anyone can order prints of the pictures, view slideshows or download the photos to Windows Live Gallery, a beta service that lets users share photos and other content.
Microsoft has slowly been adding to and updating its Live services, with plans to have a complete suite of integrated services by the end of this year.