Microsoft Finally Gets Windows Live Offerings Out the Door

For the first time, Microsoft has made available for download all Windows Live Services from its Windows Live Dashboard. According to officials, the company is planning a marketing campaign for Windows Live across the breadth of its Web properties. They expect to get some 10 billion impressions for that campaign in the just the next 60 days.

Microsoft, of course, is hoping the Windows Live-based services and products will allow the company to compete with archrival Google in the online advertising market where the latter has had lavish success.

Redmond will section out the Windows Live products and services into two sets: services such as Windows Live Hotmail, and applications -- such as Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Photo Gallery -- that users can choose to install on their desktop systems.

Not all of the Windows Live offerings that were in beta until this week will be made available in their final version. Two of the services, including Windows Live SkyDrive, a service for file storage, and Windows Live Calendar, need more thorough beta testing and will be released later.

Posted by Ed Scannell on 11/08/2007 at 1:23 PM


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