Unfortunately, Live is more about keeping you on the MSN and Microsoft reservation than it is about giving you easy access to all of your personal tools. We couldn't figure out an easy way to add our POP3 e-mail account or personal Flickr images to the page. In many of the content selections, MSN and its partners are prominent to the point of obscuring the range of possible options. If you want a nice start page with cool widgets and links to the most common feeds, Windows Live is a decent choice. But we prefer Google or Netvibes.
Like most things Google, this personal page is clean, simple, and very text-heavy.
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