Microsoft Canada Co.

Microsoft Canada Co.

November 06, 2007 18:00 ET

Microsoft's Windows Live Free Online Services Available Now in Canada

Next generation of Windows Live lets consumers communicate and share in new ways

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 6, 2007) - Today Microsoft Canada Co. announced the launch of the next generation of Windows Live, providing Canadians with a new set of tools and services that help make it easier to communicate and share from anywhere they have Web access across multiple devices. And, with built- in security features, consumers can use Windows Live services with confidence.

A free and fun upgrade for the Windows and online experience, the next generation of Windows Live was launched today at www.getyourliveid.ca.

According to recent Ipsos-Reid surveys commissioned by MSN Canada(i), two thirds (67%) of online Canadians have multiple email addresses. The majority (76%) of Canadian Hotmail users said they use their email accounts to archive important messages, documents and photos while 58% said they use their email account as a personal information manager and organizer. Canada's Internet-savvy consumers are relying more and more on the Web to communicate and share with their friends and family, but they also want to use the Internet to manage all their e-mail accounts, photos, address books and other information online.

"With these enhancements to Windows Live, we're integrating cool, new experiences with digital photos, event planning and sharing and Web publishing with our popular services like Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live Spaces," said Sumeet Khanna, Director of Windows Live, MSN Canada. "Canadians will now be able to connect their online experiences, devices and networks in an all-in-one bundle of service with a single user name and password to organize and easily manage everything they do online."

Windows Live is designed to enhance the Windows and online experience with a set of online tools that bring the power of the Web right to the PC or mobile device, letting consumers communicate and share with the people they care about. The Windows Live set of services is composed of several free PC applications connected to services delivered over the Internet. Canadians can download Windows Live at www.getyourliveid.ca in one simple download. With the unified installer, Canadians can get all the services they want, and keep their software and services up to date as Microsoft and the rest of the industry continue to deliver new innovations over time.

Communicate. Stay close and connected how you want, wherever you are.

- Windows Live Mail. This desktop mail application provides users with easy access to their Hotmail account, the ability to aggregate multiple inboxes from other accounts such as AOL and Gmail and combine multiple contact lists into one, and simple access using a mobile phone. Canadians also have an opportunity to obtain a cool, new e-mail alias with the availability of new @live.ca e-mail addresses.

- Windows Live Messenger. Next-generation instant messaging with sharing, video calling and voice over Internet Protocol capabilities makes communication easier, more personal and more fun.(ii)

- Windows Live Spaces. Users can make memories with family and friends by creating photo albums, blogs, lists of favorites and links to personal videos.

Share. A simpler way to share your photos and express yourself online.

- Windows Live Photo Gallery. This is a complete solution for finding, fixing, organizing and sharing your photos and videos, as well as uploading them to Windows Live Spaces, Flickr or MSN Soapbox with just a few clicks.

- Windows Live Events. This free event-planning, invitation and community-building application enables Windows Live customers to conveniently plan all the events in their lives, and to share photos and stories before, during and after those events.

- Windows Live Writer. This powerful software plus services application allows users to create and publish rich content to Windows Live Spaces and other blogging services, with a "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" (WYSIWYG) editor that makes it simple to add photos, maps, tags and more.

Access Anywhere. Connect easily and share information you want.

- Windows Live services for all Canadians. To make it as easy as possible for users, Microsoft is offering services that work on all web-enabled phones that have a built-in browser supporting WAP 2.0 or HTML, which includes most phones purchased within the past three years. Users can access their Windows Live Hotmail to read and reply to their e-mail and check in with their Windows Live Messenger friends.

Safety. Enjoy a worry-free computing experience with built-in safety features.

- Windows Live OneCare Family Safety. This provides tools to help parents protect children from inappropriate online content and contacts.

About Windows Live™ and Sympatico / MSN

Sympatico / MSN is Canada's most popular online destination, with more than 19.8 million unique visitors(iii) experiencing its information and communication services each month. Offered in a strategic alliance between Bell Sympatico and Microsoft, Sympatico.MSN.ca brings together Bell Sympatico's Web content and broadband services with popular web services for MSN, including Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Spaces and Live Search. The site gives Canadians easy access to the tools and services they love to use. Bell Sympatico is Canada's leading Internet service provider and Sympatico.MSN.ca delivers exclusive content to Sympatico High Speed Internet service subscribers, while Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail are the country's most used instant messaging and web-based email service.



(i) These are the findings of two Ipsos Reid polls conducted on behalf of
Microsoft Canada. The first survey, conducted from May 1 to May 3, 2007,
polled a representative randomly selected sample of 1317 adults was
interviewed online. An additional online poll of 1,011 Canadians was
conducted from October 9 to 12, 2007. For more information about the
methodology, please visit www.ipsos.ca.
(ii) To place a PC-to-PC call, both users must have Messenger installed, a
compatible microphone and speakers or a headset, and Internet access
(webcam and broadband required for video).
(iii) (comScore Media Metrix AVG, February 2007 - August 2007, Unique
Visitors (000) Ad Focus with AdNetworks removed.)


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