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November 6, 2007

Microsoft takes Windows Live out of beta

Posted by David Hunter at 8:13 PM ET.

The problem with the protracted beta availability of so many of Microsoft’s Windows Live applications is that it is fairly anticlimactic when they do come out of beta as they did today:

Today Microsoft Corp. launched the next generation of Windows Live, providing consumers worldwide with a compelling new set of tools and services that help make it easier than ever to communicate and share with the important people in their lives, from anywhere they have Web access across multiple devices. And, with built- in security features, consumers can use Windows Live services with confidence.

A free and fun upgrade for the online and Windows experiences, the new Windows Live was launched today at and at events in New York and Los Angeles.

If you are still awake, here’s the rundown:

Joe Wilcox predicts a land rush on email addresses, but I am hard pressed to imagine excitement otherwise for what are already familiar applications. I also have to note the predominance of PC client applications which belies the “anywhere they have Web access” claim.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live Events, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live OneCare Family Safety, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Spaces, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live for Windows Mobile

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One Response to “Microsoft takes Windows Live out of beta”

  1. Microsoft to give Windows Live a $300M ad campaign? | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Fair enough although rather late since Windows Live left beta earlier this month. It’s also going to be a tough job given the patchwork way Windows Live was explained and rolled out: [...]

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