My.live.com closing in favor of MyMSN, user settings to be left behind

My.live.com, which was previously just Live.com, was launched in late 2005 as one of the first Windows Live services. Known as the Windows Live Personalized Experience, it has been a way for users to customize their homepages with RSS feeds, gadgets, cool layouts, and color schemes. The site serves the same purpose as the Google's iGoogle site, which grants users similar functionality.

As pointed out by @robertmclaws on Twitter, come March 15th, 2010, Microsoft will be ending the Live Personal Experience in favor of MyMSN. Unfortunately, in an unexpected move, Microsoft will not be backing up your personalized settings, gadgets, and feeds. Instead, they are asking that you completely re-create you homepage on the MyMSN site. It's unclear why they have decided to go this route, as it's sure to annoy many loyal users. According to liveside.net, Microsoft has other plans in store for the Live.com domain, but for now, details are scarce.

Fresh on the My.live.com site, Microsoft has posted the following message:

"Thank you for using My.live.com. On March 15, 2010, My.live.com will be discontinued and all users redirected to My MSN. Please note that your settings, feeds and gadgets will not be migrated to MyMSN. To make MyMSN your homepage today, click here."

My.live.com homepage with notification message:

MyLive Homepage

My.msn.com homepage:

MyMSN Homepage

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Microsoft, as much as I love them, needs to get coherent. Stick with one name. Live, MSN, Bing, pick one and make EVERYTHING it.

ccoltmanm said,
Microsoft, as much as I love them, needs to get coherent. Stick with one name. Live, MSN, Bing, pick one and make EVERYTHING it.

I totally and completely agree! How does this help the average user? Bing.com refers to "MSN" and "Hotmail" but for users who signed up to free e-mail to get an @live.com address, there is absolutely no mention of it on Bing.com, though Live is a service of Microsoft's.

Ridiculous.

am I the only one that hates MSN pages? I hated the old MSN network software
one day Apple will release something like that and free !!!!

npierri said,
am I the only one that hates MSN pages? I hated the old MSN network software
one day Apple will release something like that and free !!!!

Apple won't do anything free. If there isn't an overpriced piece of hardware behind it, Apple shies away.

I'm even more confused about what's Live and what's MSN. I don't think MS even know what to do with the two brands?!?!

So we are going back to MSN instead of live now?

Well few will notice, messenger is still called MSN where i live, few probably know about the website MSN :P

I use my.live.com. I like to have my many RSS feeds presented to me on one page.

And I don't like my.msn.com, because it embeds a bit of the article's content into the box, so it takes up a lot more screen space. I'll have to switch to iGoogle.

Meph said,
I use my.live.com. I like to have my many RSS feeds presented to me on one page.

And I don't like my.msn.com, because it embeds a bit of the article's content into the box, so it takes up a lot more screen space. I'll have to switch to iGoogle.

Try Netvibes instead. It's the best start page on the web. http://netvibes.com/

The live page was always just a testbed anyway, used by the nerdier people..

and seriusly, who uses start pages anymore anyway... I start with all my tabs at the ready and that's all you really need, search is alreadyin the adress bar and search box, the rest are information most of the my.live and igoogle crowd put on their desktop gadgets anyway.

WelshBluebird said,
What happened to getting rid of the msn brand :S

There were never any plans to get rid of MSN.

Darko3d said,
Na na na na, hey-hey-hey, goodbye!
i cant live without my iGoogle

Try Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com).

I used to love iGoogle, but NetVibes just blows it out the water for its capabilities. Just a shame there aren't as many gadgets for it. I started using Netvibes about 2 months ago, and I never looked back!

Edited by Majesticmerc, Jan 27 2010, 6:58pm : No [url][/url] tags?!

Majesticmerc said,

Try Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com).

I used to love iGoogle, but NetVibes just blows it out the water for its capabilities. Just a shame there aren't as many gadgets for it. I started using Netvibes about 2 months ago, and I never looked back!

NetVibes is VERY iPhone (& other mobile devices) unfriendly. When they get a mobile site, call me.

cyberdrone2000 said,
NetVibes is VERY iPhone (& other mobile devices) unfriendly. When they get a mobile site, call me.

Fair cop, I have a different homepage for my mobile web, so I wouldn't know. Still, on the desktop Netvibes is epic.