Microsoft Pimps Out Inbox With Social, Ad Elements

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mailbox1.jpgADOTAS – Microsoft has completely revamped its email and IM system, injecting it with social elements, adding new services and upgrading its current services. All of the new and improved elements will be rolled out in the next two months. The software giant is billing it as “a key new opportunity for developers, advertisers and other organizations to build services that serve their respective constituencies.”

The new generation of Windows Live includes updated experiences for photo sharing, e-mail, instant messaging, as well as integration with multiple third-party sites (like Flickr, LinkedIn Corp., Pandora Media Inc., Photobucket Inc., Twitter, WordPress and Yelp Inc.), Microsoft said. The release also includes Windows Live Essentials, free downloadable software that enhances consumers’ Windows experience by helping them simplify and enjoy digital content scattered across their PC, phone and on Web sites.

“Our customers have friends across the Web,” said Chris Jones, corporate vice president of Windows Live Experience Program Management at Microsoft. “They communicate through many unconnected Web services and want access to it all from a single location — without worrying about how it’s done. Now Windows Live takes care of that, with an integrated personal communication service that works across the Web with optimized experiences on the PC and mobile phone.”

The next generation of Windows Live will begin rolling out to customers in the U.S. over the coming weeks and will be made available globally in 54 countries and in 48 languages by early 2009.

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