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 PostPost subject: Microsoft releases "Albany" to beta testers        Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:55 am 
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Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:31 am

Neowin is receiving reports that Microsoft has released codename "Albany" to beta testers. While details remain scarce, we do have a copy of Albany installed, and have discovered a little bit about what it is. It appears to be a collection of pieces of software from Microsoft, such as Office Home and Student and Windows Live OneCare, available on a subscription basis, possibly the start of Microsoft moving to a "software as a service" sales model.

The subscription also promises free updates, but it is unclear right now if that means major updates, or the updates users who own the full versions of the product receive on a monthly basis. In addition, Microsoft has promised a free subscription, when the beta ends, to the first 200 beta testers who install the software.

Included with the package are: Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft Office Home and Student, and Office Live Workspace, plus Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Photo Gallery.

The installation takes "about 20 minutes", and includes a software center of sorts, once installed, which allows you to launch the products included.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:25 pm 
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Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:07 pm

Very interesting, like a new manager...

I don`t know what i am looking :P

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:53 pm 
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Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:09 pm


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As of right now, I'd put this under "kind of cool, but useless". I've been using it for the past couple of days, and it hasn't brought any new functionality to my computer other than allowing me to, once again, use OneCare for free.

By the way, the installer is so much cooler "in person" than on those screenshots. They've really put a lot of time into special transition effects and the such in the installer for a beta product.

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