How to Share Your Vacation in Real-Time with a MS Online Photo Album

A Microsoft online photo album is an ideal way of sharing your vacation photos with your friends and family. The best thing about this service is that you can upload your photos immediately after taking them. The photos will then instantly be available for everyone to view.

Anyone with a Windows Live account will be able to log in and create an online photo album. If you don't already have an account, then you should create one now. Here's how the Microsoft photo albums can be used to organize and display your photos.

Step 1: Register for Account

If you don't already have a Windows live account, then the first step is to sign up for one. To do this, go to www.windowslive.com and enter your details.

You will also need to connect your camera up to your computer and download all your photos. Spend some time deciding which photos you want to upload to your online gallery.

Step 2: Create the Album

When you have registered or logged in, you can then start creating your photo album. To do this, first navigate to http://phoots.live.com or click the photos link from other live pages.

Then click on the button marked "Create an Album". This will start the process of creating a new album.

Step 3: Name the Album

In the next page, you should then enter a descriptive name for your photo album. This will make it very easy for other people to find it and know what is inside.

Step 4: Set Permissions

Microsoft photo gallery makes it possible to set permissions. This will restrict who can view the photos in the album. By setting the permissions to public, everyone will be able to see them. Otherwise, you can just share the album with your friends and family. You can also make this a personal album so that nobody but you can see them.

Step 5: Add Photos

When you have created a photo album, you then need to add some photos. There are two ways of doing this. You can either add from an existing album or browse on your computer.

It's also possible to drag and drop photos onto a box which will make them upload. All you need to do is choose all of the photos that you want to upload and wait while they are uploaded.

Step 6: Choose Themes

There are various themes which can be applied to the photo album by selecting the options menu. You can then publish the album by sending it to people in an email.

Step 7: Display Your Album

Your album can be displayed as a slide show or a series of thumbnail images. You can switch between the different views using the controls in the software.

Step 8: Share Your Album

When you're happy, you can then invite everyone to take a look at your vacation photos. Remember to change the permissions if you want to be able to adjust who is able to look at the photos.