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Microsoft unveils Internet-based software services

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Redmond, Wash.—Responding to ongoing competition from companies such as Google and Yahoo!, Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that it is launching two new Internet-based software services: Windows Live and Microsoft Office Live.

The services were described as enhancements to Microsoft’s Windows and Office products. Microsoft Chairman-Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie, chief technical officer, made the announcement and demonstrated the services at a media briefing.

Office Live is a set of Internet-based services for managing small businesses online. These include domain name services, Web sites and e-mail accounts, as well as subscription based services with multiple business applications that can be customized.

Windows Live is a set of personal Internet services and software that includes e-mail, instant messaging, antivirus tools and cutting-edge technologies such as RSS and Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX).

At the briefing, Ozzie also outlined Microsoft’s vision for an advertising network that he said “will be open to partners over time so advertisers can connect with a broader audience through traditional media as well as new scenarios such as Internet Protocol television (IPTV) and mobile communications products.”

—Carol Krol

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