Windows 8 Takes a Cue from Apple’s OS
The Consumer Preview of Windows 8 shows Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to be making an effort consolidate and simplify its brands. The Verge reports that the new operating systems rolls Windows Live applications into pre-installed apps that make up “Windows Communications,” while “Microsoft Account” replaces Windows Live ID, and Zune has been eradicated completely, although Zune Pass still works.
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Rumors are circulating that Zune will be replaced with a service similar to Spotify and based on Xbox Live. The music service is expected to debut later this year.
“The move away from Zune is part of a broad effort to simplify and consolidate the company’s brands into a simple consumer message alongside Microsoft SkyDrive and Microsoft Hotmail,” according to The Verge. The new Windows 8 branding will look like this:
- Microsoft Account (Windows Live ID)
- Mail (Windows Live Mail)
- Calendar (Windows Live Calendar)
- People (Windows Live Contacts)
- Photos (Windows Live Photo Gallery)
- Music (Zune Music Player)
- Video (Zune Video Player)
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