Microsoft launches suite of apps for download

As businesses and individuals increasingly use IT programs sourced from the internet rather than installed directly onto computers, Microsoft is having to alter its business model and is offering its suite of Windows Live online services through a single download in a beta test.

Google has introduced its own set of IT applications to compete with the likes of Microsoft Office, which is likely to further extend its own Internet Advertising reach. Now Microsoft is moving to allow its own programs to be downloaded in one fell swoop.

"Starting today, you'll be able to install the entire suite of these downloadable Windows Live services at one time, from one place, instead of going through separate installations for each service," the company stated on its Windows Live Wire blog.

"Of course, if you don't want the entire suite, you can still get each application individually."

The suite of software includes Windows Live Mail (email), Windows Live Photo Gallery (photo sharing), Windows Live Writer (blog publisher), Windows Live OneCare Family Safety (parental controls) and Windows Live Messenger (instant messaging).

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