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Windows Live

An earlier family of free desktop and Web-based applications from Microsoft, most of which were accessed from a personalized home page or browser toolbar. Launched in 2005, Microsoft integrated and rebranded its MSN services, Hotmail e-mail and Windows instant messaging under the "Live" umbrella.

In 2012, Microsoft began dropping the Live brand and moved the remaining applications into the Windows Essentials suite. See Windows Essentials and Office Live.

Even Bing Was a "Live Service"
Microsoft's search engine started out as MSN Search, which turned into Windows Live Search and then Live Search and finally Bing.
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Microsoft had previously announced that it will be shutting down Games for Windows Live marketplace on July 1, 2014.
With the exception of mainland China, Windows Live Messenger will close in the first quarter of 2013, and its users should install the latest version of Skype, Microsoft said yesterday.
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Umniah's products and services will be bundled with the Windows Live account to offer users a more efficient method to communicate and stay connected.
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Windows 7 and Windows Live are the most advanced technologies that Microsoft has ever introduced, and I believe they signal the beginning of a new wave of innovation that will have an even more profound impact during the next decade.
The company, which provides carrier grade messaging solutions with global SMS coverage, said the extended agreement will see it roll out Windows Live SMS services in new markets, alongside established markets in Europe and the Middle East.
Neowin recommended Windows Live Hotmail users "change your password and security question immediately".
A Microsoft spokesman said: "Microsoft has been made aware of the claims that Windows Live IDs and passwords have been made available on the web.
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has announced that the companies are deploying a range of Windows Live for Mobile client application services that offer an enhanced experience for their mutual customers on their mobile devices.

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