Windows, Office land on Web

Galli, Peter
November 2005
eWeek;11/7/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 44, p13
This article focuses on the introduction of two new software programs named Windows Live and Office Live by Microsoft Corp. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates introduced the new software as a service offerings but stressed that the programs do not replace the traditional Windows and Office software. Windows Live will be a family of Internet-based services, essentially the MSN services rebranded, which will allow users to connect to that digital world as they move from one computer to another. But some of the companies already offering such services said this approach is already pervasive and the introduction of Windows Live is yet another example of how Microsoft missed the first boat and is now belatedly trying to jump into the game. Windows Live, which will be free and will not replace the existing Windows offerings will also have a new version of Windows Messenger, Microsoft's instant messaging client. Office Live is a set of services that is similar to what Microsoft once offered under bCentral and later with Small Business Center. Office Live will include Web design, project management and other tools, some of which will be free, while others will be offered for a fee.


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