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August 29, 2006

Verizon to offer co-branded Windows Live services

Posted by David Hunter at 10:10 AM ET.

Press release:

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE “VZ”) and Microsoft Corp.(Nasdaq “MSFT”) today announced an expanded alliance in which Verizon will offer its consumer DSL and FiOS Internet customers a co-branded suite of Microsoft® Windows Live™ services to help them enjoy more personalized Internet experiences with enhanced online security.

As part of the new agreement, which is an expansion of the two companies’ broadband relationship that began in April 2002, Verizon customers will have access to co-branded information and communications services, including a co-branded home page with easy access to Verizon and Windows Live services, a Windows Live Toolbar, a co-branded Windows Live Search page, Verizon e-mail powered by Windows Live Mail, a co-branded version of Windows Live Messenger and safety protection via Windows Live OneCare™ safety scanner.

It’s the same audience building idea as putting links to your online services on new PCs or in Vista. Interestingly, Verizon currently offers MSN Premium free to their subscribers and that will continue.

Filed under Coopetition, General Business, Live Search, MSN, MSN Premium, Microsoft, Online Services, Verizon, Windows Live, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Safety Scanner, Windows Live Toolbar

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One Response to “Verizon to offer co-branded Windows Live services”

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