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Clarifying Windows Live integration into Windows Vista

August 22nd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

A lot of people have made speculation about Windows Vista having “Windows Live integration” in RC1 (Release Candidate 1) and there’s a simple and frank explaination for this: yes and no. Come on it’s me, nothing’s ever that easy with me 🙂

A little background history on why Live integration might be a problem

Windows has come under fire some time ago by the EU (European Commission) being the executive body of all the countries in Europe which has the right to initiate legislation and rules and stuff, because Microsoft put products in Windows XP which was making smaller businesses creating competitor products go bust. So because Windows XP came with Windows Media Player 9, it was making it difficult for Nullsoft to sell Winamp because people were using a product which was readily there.

So the EU got all stroppy about this and had a major hissy fit and said to Microsoft, “look, take Windows Media Player out of Windows, or give consumers an option to have Windows but without all of this bundled crap in, or we’ll fine your arses off”. Microsoft did this but not quite in time to receive a good few fines amounting to millions of dollars (enough to fill the pockets of those EU snobs for a while), and created Windows XP “N” Edition, the “N” standing for No Media Player.

This was basically called “anti-trust”. Now the same problem lies in Windows Vista, because that has Windows Media Player 11 bundled in, but because Microsoft learnt their lesson from getting smacked on the arse with a slipper from the EU, it’s decided to make preemptive strike by offering an “N” Edition of some Vista editions.

It’s not just Windows Media Player, it’s other bundled software too

Windows Live software is also in the competitor markets. With Live Expo you have eBay, with Live Shopping you have Amazon, with Live Search you have Google, with Live Messenger you have Skype and with Live Spaces you have MySpace. So basically, if you put Windows Live Messenger into Vista by standard just like Windows Messenger (a very basic instant messenger) was put into XP, it’ll cause a problem because competitors will say, “but why use our products when you’ve already got a program which does the same job bundled with the operating system?”

How Microsoft will get past this little snag in their evil plan to dominate the Earth

They’ll just put shortcuts and links to their software instead of actually bundling the software in.

Microsoft have learned their lesson, but they’re still looking for loopholes, and this stands a good chance of actually working. If you see the image below, you’ll notice from the wording what they’re trying to do.

“Go online to learn about”… “Download”… “Go to”… “Sign up for”… it’s all linking to complimentary software which won’t actually get bundled in to Vista.

Just to clarify

Windows Vista won’t have Windows Live software bundled in, but instead to get around the legal aspects and the anti-trust stuff, offer free downloads or links to the complimentary software and services instead.

Read more

Bryant’s post – AeroXP
Robert McLaw’s post – Longhorn Blogs

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3 Responses

  1. Jason Cox Says:

    I’d also guess that OEMs would have the option to remove these links also since they’re in the Welcome Center.

  2. Zack Whittaker Says:

    I do hope so 🙂

  3. Inside Live Says:

    Clarifying Windows Live integration into Windows Vista…

    A lot of people have made speculation about Windows Vista having “Windows Live integration” in RC1 (Release Candidate 1) and there’s a simple and frank explaination for this: yes and no. Come on it’s me, nothing’s ever that easy with me
    A l…