Microsoft Readies Windows Live Marketplace

"Agora," the soon-to-be-unveiled one-stop shop for Windows Live services, is expected to take its cues from Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace. (Microsoft Watch)

Microsoft is expected to field a public beta of its new "Windows Live Marketplace" site, possibly as early as Aug. 28.

Code-named Agora—the Greek term for "marketplace," the new one-stop shop may supersede the current "Windows Marketplace" site, according to information from Liveside.Net.

Microsoft officials have blogged that the company is preparing a new version of Windows Marketplace to launch on Aug. 28.

But its not clear whether Windows Live Marketplace will be an adjunct to the revised Windows Marketplace site or an outright replacement for it.

In either case, the Windows Live Marketplace site is expected to strongly resemble Microsofts Xbox Live Marketplace.

On Xbox Live Marketplace, users can download games, trailers, playable demos, themes and the like.

Microsoft also uses the site as a showcase for gaming hardware and third-party Xbox games.

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