Microsoft merging Office Live, Windows Live

Software maker isn't changing the development cycle or leadership of either effort, but it says consumers will be able to get to both services from a common Web location.

Microsoft confirmed on Friday that it is pushing together its Office Live and Windows Live efforts.

The company isn't changing the development cycle or the leadership of the teams working on the products, but it is promising that consumers will be able to get to both sets of services from a common Web location.

Microsoft didn't say exactly what that spot will be, but the Windows Live branding is expected to be the one that survives the combination, I'm hearing. (But what about Officeliveworkspacecommunity.com? Does Microsoft really want to give up that prime, easy-to-remember address?)

Although it declined to clarify whether Thursday's job cuts affected the Windows Live and Office Live teams, the company said there were no changes to the top ranks of either group.

The merging was first noted on Thursday by ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley.

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