Microsoft Debuts Free Web Services

'Windows Live' suite to integrate e-mail, photo, blogging and IM with Vista
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 11:20 AM CST
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(Newser) – Microsoft took its latest stab at marrying Windows and the web yesterday, debuting “Windows Live,” a new take on web applications that aims to complement Microsoft’s bread-and-butter Windows and Office offerings, rather than competing with them as other web services strive to. The company plans to heavily promote the suite, which includes programs for e-mail, blogging, photo sharing, messaging, and event planning.

“Most people connect to the Internet using a Windows PC, most people use Internet Explorer, many people use Office,” a Microsoft executive told Reuters. “If we just stitch it together and remove the seams, what an opportunity we have.” But one analyst said Microsoft was hamstrung by its need to protect Office and Windows, and plagued by a fragmented marketing message.