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| "To some degree, I think it is a response to the threat from Google
| and other online companies," Rosoff said. "Microsoft would prefer to
| blur the difference between Windows and these services. Certainly,
| Microsoft is leveraging one of their strengths"--the Windows
| operating system.
| In addition to its connection to Windows Live Mail, the desktop program
| is also tightly linked to other Microsoft services, including its
| blogging and instant message tools. Windows Live Mail Desktop has a
| "Blog it" feature that lets users easily post messages directly to a blog.