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Windows Live Puts More Muscle Behind Its Developer Push

Microsoft is recruiting not only Windows Live beta testers, but developers as well.

In order to attract the latter contingent, the company is readying a new Windows Live Dev portal. A preview of the site, http://dev.live.com, will be available the week of May 21, with a final version slated to launch in June, according to company officials.

Microsoft has been slowly but steadily honing its Windows Live developer message over the past several months. At the Microsoft Mix ’06 conference, company officials outlined Microsoft’s high-level strategy for getting developers to adopt its expanding family of Live application programming interfaces.

The new Live Dev site will be a one-stop shop for Microsoft and third-party developers looking to create new mash-ups and composite applications that include Windows Live elements.

The site will draw from existing Microsoft Developer Network content. It also will provide links to Live downloads and whitepapers, Microsoft officials said.

One of the key movers and shakers behind the DevLive push is Windows Live Product Planner Ken Levy.

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