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Microsoft Releases Windows Live Software Suite
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Microsoft''s Windows Live brand of software and services has sputtered along for much of the last two years, sowing confusion about what exactly it is and what it isn't. On Tuesday, Microsoft is bringing a bit of clarity to Windows Live by making what it calls the Windows Live Suite available for a download.

Windows Live Suite is a set of Web-connected applications for Windows that can be installed with a 130-Mbyte download that includes blog publishing software (Windows Live Writer), an e-mail client (Windows Live Mail), an instant messenger client (Windows Live Messenger), photo sharing and photo management software (Windows Live Photo Gallery), and a tool to set Web-browsing permissions for a family (Windows Live Family Safety).

Information Week's report on Windows Live Suite wrote:
With Windows Live Suite, the company is releasing the first integrated suite of client, Internet-connected applications, said Microsoft's general manager for Windows Live, Brian Hall, in an interview. That may technically be true, but the likes of Google and 37Signals might argue whether it's even relevant. Google's Google Pack, for example, bundles up to 13 applications -- though they're arguably not integrated once installed -- into a single download and largely duplicates and extends what consumers will be able to do at first with Windows Live Suite.

That said, Windows Live Suite is a hallmark of what Microsoft calls its "software plus services" strategy that asserts the primacy of software that blends the best of desktop, server, and Internet-based apps. Windows Live Photo Gallery, for example, lets people browse their photos with a desktop app that also has the capability to let them share photos online and manage how they'll appear.

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