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August 29, 2006

Microsoft testing Windows Live Essentials bundle

Posted by David Hunter at 11:51 AM ET.

Robert Stein at ActiveWin reports an invitation for beta testers for Windows Live Essentials and Ed Oswald explains at BetaNews:

Microsoft’s latest Windows Live offering is for the most part not a new service at all, but rather a one-time download that includes a subset of the available Live applications, much like the Google Pack.

Called Windows Live Essentials, the program also features a new application called Windows Live Dashboard. The Dashboard would show the user what Live programs are installed and what is available for download, rather than requiring the user to visit the Windows Live Ideas Web site.

Although it was not detailed, the new application seems to be optimized at this time for Windows XP SP2 using Internet Explorer 6.x. At least two programs are slated to come with the download, Windows Live Messenger and Live Mail Desktop beta, although it is likely that other applications would be included as well.

Google Pack was announced in January and is separate from the Web office package they announced over the weekend.

Filed under Coopetition, Google, Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live Dashboard, Windows Live Essentials

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