Microsoft Live

Get ready for Windows Live and Office Live, Microsoft’s answer to the imminent forays of Google into the desktop and productivity sphere.

(Bill) Gates said that Windows Live is a set of Internet-based personal services, such as e-mail, blogging and instant messaging. It will be primarily supported by advertising and be separate from the operating system itself. Office Live will come in both ad-based and subscription versions that augment the popular desktop productivity suite.

Acknowledging potential antitrust concerns, Gates said that Windows Live is built off published APIs (application programming interfaces) that its rivals will also have access to.

The beta site can be found here.

BSA better hurry up if it wants to collect something substantial out of its anti-piracy drive 🙂

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