Speaking to CNET.com, Windows Live general manager Brian Hall said the company decided it was pointless to offer two different programs for each function, particularly since this confuses customers and makes support more complicated. The announcement further highlights Microsoft’s strategic shift to online services and is also a much welcome step towards making Windows 7 less bloated than Vista. It could also help the Redmond giant avoid antitrust problems for tying operating system features to specific services.
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