As the New York Times reported (rather confusingly) over the weekend, Microsoft is releasing a handful of its Windows Live services with a common installer. Microsoft is making refreshed betas of a handful of its Live services available as a single download later today (September 5).
As Microsoft explains its plans on the Windows Live Wire blog in a note from Chris Jones, a Vice President on the Windows Live team:
“Starting today, you’ll be able to install the entire suite of these downloadable Windows Live services at one time, from one place, instead of going through separate installations for each service. Of course, if you don’t want the entire suite, you can still get each application individually.