Microsoft to release Google Pack rival

Microsoft is set to release a “pack” of software applications based around its Windows Live services, according to reports.

Microsoft to release Google Pack rival

The company will wrap software such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, Mail, Messenger and OneCare into a single installer, the New York Times claims.

The software will reportedly allow users to install all the software in one hit or the individual components of their choice.

The Windows Live bundle will clearly be seen as a rival to the Google Pack, which as well as including several own-brand Google products, includes third-party applications such as StarOffice and Firefox. There is no suggestion that Microsoft’s compendium will include any third party products.

“We’re taking the communications and sharing components and creating a set of services that become what we believe is the one suite of services and applications for personal and community use across the PC, the web and the phone,” Brian Hall, general manager for Microsoft’s Windows Live services tells the New York Times.

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