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Gates promotes online Windows, Office editions

Gates promotes online Windows, Office editions

Today, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced a move toward online editions of Windows and Office. Windows Live and Office Live will allow users to subscribe to Web-only versions of the software; the new ad-based online editions would supplement but not replace the current desktop versions. Windows Live gives subscribers the ability to make phone calls over the Internet and conduct personalized online Web searches. Office Live will target small businesses and allow for greater online collaboration between remote subscribers. For more details, see News.com.