The bottom line is, it's about business.
Windows Live is just the first step. Microsoft is building out all of its existing products, cross-connecting different features around communications and social networking.
If you can identify who is buying and who is the more valuable customer, you can treat them according to future purchasing [potential]. That's the benefit.
Old habits die hard. Microsoft would really need to communicate the benefits.
Microsoft didn't say how much source code would be licensed. Contrary to some news reports, I expect the amount of source code to be fairly limited.
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