Microsoft has partnered with Limelight networks in a multi-year agreement that aims to improve the reliability of Microsoft's online services, including Xbox Live. As part of the deal (via Gamasutra), both companies will cross-license their technologies.

Anyone who tried downloading the BioShock demo during the first 48 hours of its release can attest to the need for this partnership. If Limelight can improve "performance, scalability, and reliability" of Microsoft's online presence, then hopefully we won't have such an issue should a Fallout 3 demo plug up the internet this time next year.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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