Windows users won't be able to see Zune and Windows Live service onwards from Windows 8. After releasing Windows 8 Consumer Preview Microsoft will no more supports both the Windows Live and Zune branding for applications and services. It means that the long names associated with Zune and Windows Live-based applications will not be accessible and will replaced with names that more accurately and more simply illustrate the Microsoft Service's.


The Verge blog has reported that, Microsoft will take is the removal of the “Windows Live ID” branding in favor of the far simpler “Microsoft Account.” This will go along with the removal of “Windows Live” from many applications and services, such as how "Windows Live Mail" becomes simply "Mail" and "Windows Photo Gallery" becomes simply “Photos” in Windows 8. You can check following changes of Windows Live and Zune branding names in Windows 8.

Zune and Windows Live branding name replacements in Windows 8:
  • 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)

Microsoft Retiring Zune and Windows Live Branding in Windows 8

Windows users won't be able to see Zune and Windows Live service onwards from Windows 8. After releasing Windows 8 Consumer Preview Microsoft will no more supports both the Windows Live and Zune branding for applications and services. It means that the long names associated with Zune and Windows Live-based applications will not be accessible and will replaced with names that more accurately and more simply illustrate the Microsoft Service's.


The Verge blog has reported that, Microsoft will take is the removal of the “Windows Live ID” branding in favor of the far simpler “Microsoft Account.” This will go along with the removal of “Windows Live” from many applications and services, such as how "Windows Live Mail" becomes simply "Mail" and "Windows Photo Gallery" becomes simply “Photos” in Windows 8. You can check following changes of Windows Live and Zune branding names in Windows 8.

Zune and Windows Live branding name replacements in Windows 8:
  • 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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