Microsoft updates Listas

Listas, a tool for the creation, management and sharing of lists, notes, favourites, and similar services previously unveiled by Microsoft Live Labs, has been updated with new features and improved designs. New community lists like popular tags, recently created lists, and top users are all now available both in Listas and through RSS, in addition to the ability of adding, editing and sharing lists with others for reading or wiki-style editing. Task lists have also been added. Improvements to printing support, history and version management, and many other additions and refinements round out the update. A Live ID is required for membership.

Link: Listas Technology Preview

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Uh...

So you make documents with lists with this? But the existing online office tools can already do that, along with sharing them with others (+ editing), and also so much more? They are also very easy and straightforward to use too, so that's not even an argument for this either.

And this... Just... Lists? Lists of text... And notes? It suddenly feels like the Web 2.0 concept has just been announced.

It's fine that MS wants to innovate, but having every little service, bell, and whistle under different names and slappiing the cumbersome Windows Live tag on it is not practical. Who really cares (non-geek crowd) to keep up with it all and take the time to learn about it? Why not just include new functionality with current popular services and tie them in as updates?

For example, Listas and Events could just be part of Hotmail under the New button. I certainly would notice the option and try it out instead of interupting my routine to see what new gadgets Microsoft has concocted. This is the cluttered cabinet scenerio - you have dozens of pots, pans, and whatever in your cabinets, most unused, and you only really use the essentials.

If I were running Windows Live, then Hotmail, Events, Calendar, Spaces, SkyDrive, Alerts, and Listas would fold into the Messenger service to create a stronger, more robust all-in-one communications service.

I disagree. If the software/services were combined, you wouldn't have a choice of what software/services you subscribed to. It would be bloated software/service.
Take the example of a new computer from an OEM: They load it up with a lot of never used "productivity" software and what do you do with it all? You uninstall it or blow the everything away and only to install what you choose to use.

I prefer their approach. Give people choices on what services they want to subscribe to, but at the same time make each operate seamlessly with the others. Isn't that what most people complain about? No choice?

OnyxAlien said,
I disagree. If the software/services were combined, you wouldn't have a choice of what software/services you subscribed to. It would be bloated software/service.
Take the example of a new computer from an OEM: They load it up with a lot of never used "productivity" software and what do you do with it all? You uninstall it or blow the everything away and only to install what you choose to use.

I prefer their approach. Give people choices on what services they want to subscribe to, but at the same time make each operate seamlessly with the others. Isn't that what most people complain about? No choice?

I see your point, but in this situation where you have little services that do not merit their own software/web site, then it's still practical to include them all as one entity.

warwagon said,
Out of all the dumb names. Lets take vista and just replace the V with an L. Sweet now it just looks like a typo

is not a dumb name... in spanish it means "lists". Im guessing in other languages it means the same.

warwagon said,
Out of all the dumb names. Lets take vista and just replace the V with an L. Sweet now it just looks like a typo

It's still in the lab. It's just a code name.