Windows Live was launched on November 1, 2005. Microsoft rebranded many MSN services under the Windows Live name, such as Messenger, Hotmail, and Search (now Bing). During the time of Windows 8's release, many of these have been rebranded - for example, Messenger has become Skype and Hotmail has become Outlook.com.
The brand was phased out in 2012, but was not entirely gone until April 2013, when Microsoft introduced their new Calendar interface.
Despite its name, Games for Windows – Live is not part of the Windows Live Suite.