Windows Live Takes Over for Bundled Photo, Video, and Email Apps in Windows 7

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winmaster

It's about time Microsoft did this. Do people really need a utility bundled with Windows and a free alternative that does exactly the same thing only better and is one download away with the Live suite. It started with Messenger. Do I really need Windows Live/MSN Messenger and a stripped down version called Windows Messenger. I think not.

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atomaweapon

I think they should leave it in the Home Editions, and strip it from the pro versions. It would be too disorienting for home users who are used to being able to use these apps.

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Marcus_Soperus

Maybe Microsoft should consider making downloading and installing the latest Live products very easy, such as with an icon on the desktop or in the Start menu, similar to the way they once provided links to AOL and other online services.

Or, maybe Windows 7 could ship with a CD that contains ready-to-install versions of Live (which could then update themselves automatically to the latest versions after installation).

Either of these methods would help satisfy the suggestion to enable home users to use these tools (which I find quite useful) without the problems of intermingling their code with the operating system.

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winmaster

What Microsoft should do is put the entire Windows Live Suite on the Windows 7 install CD. Then sometime during installation usere would get a message: "Would you like to install Windows Live?" then "Are you sure?" and a "Are you sure your sure?" If users clicked next, they could select which components of Windows Live they want, and they would be intergrated into Windows so the average consumer wouldn't know the difference and power users could have the freedom they so much desire.

 

Take that Steve Jobs! 

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jwalch.hawk

As long as they don't include products they normally charge for (I'm particularly referring to Live One Care here)...  Otherwise it's just asking for antitrust suit....

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jwalch.hawk

I pretty much agree with it.  In the case Windows Mail, I just don't get why they even included the stupid thing with Vista.  It's basically the latest incarnation of Outlook Express, which no one likes anyway.  I think the original idea was to "tease" users to get them to want to buy the real Outlook (which isn't bad, imo)...  At this point there's no real need to do that.  The only one I'm a little sad about is Windows Movie Maker because I did actually happen to use that (my needs in that area are simple, thus the built-in software was just fine with me).  I think your first three reasons are really good.  I'm not as convinced on the 4th one, but I'm sure once I create myself some bizarre incompatibility situation I'll change my mind. :P

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Marcus_Soperus

it will still be around, and just a download away. Keep in mind that Windows 7 will give you the option to get these tools from the Live website, or to use other tools.

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