Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Microsoft embracing social networking

Microsoft has announced the introduction of a new version of its Windows Live software, offering similar features to social networking sites such as Facebook.

Microsoft said the new software will offer greater integration, as email, instant messaging and photos will be collated together on one page.

The most notable difference, however, is the new software's ability to show updates from other social networking sites, allowing users to aggregate information from the various sites they may have accounts with.

The news follows research by e-Dialog that showed 19 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds cite their social networking email as their primary account, with the same number preferring marketing messages to be targeted there.

The new Windows Live Services is due to be rolled out in the US over the coming weeks, before being made available worldwide early next year.

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