Microsoft is “Getting ready for Windows Live Wave 4”

Microsoft has announced today that they are prepping for the Wave 4 rollout. In a blog post on the official Windows Blog, they stated that internal testing of Live Wave 4 has been going on for some time and that they will soon begin to roll out the beta to others outside of the company for additional feedback. 

They state that they will release the beta to the public once they have a stable build to work with that meets all of their internal requirements.  “We will then roll out updates to our web services, followed by betas of our software for Windows PCs, Macs, and phones. Our approach is to release betas to the public once we think the build is in pretty good shape, learn through beta usage data and beta user feedback, and make additional refinements that eventually become the final release. Of course, we’ll continue to update the service as we see how you use it every day and hear from you about what’s working and what needs improvement.”

On the blog they go into further detail and focus in on Hotmail, Windows Live Essentials, and Windows Live Messenger, but no specific details are given about the actual updates.  But, Neowin has been covering the leaks that have been surfacing which you can read about here, that do shine a little bit of light on what we can expect.   

As we get closer to the launch and more users are given access to the beta, expect more information to surface.  Once the beta leaves the locked walls of Microsoft, what to expect from Wave 4 will be much clearer. 

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Just update the damn Mac messenger already, and bring it up to par with Windows!!!!.... Come on. We don't even have offline messaging. That's a ******* joke!!!!

Been waiting for two freakin' years. I thought they would have prepped it in time for Win 7 release. But no, they will continue to take their sweet time.

XP is old know, I am waiting for my school to move onto 7. I mean. Yeah XP is still used by lots... But it's getting old now. And as others have stated. If we keep support for XP we can't have many features that incorporate features new into Windows 7 like better Aero Integration,better speed etc. Dropping XP support means it's faster,less download time (Smaller files), and plain better as there is less time spent on compatibility and more on features.

Sure, Messenger is right now the only MAC app by Microsoft. However, remember that Live Mesh has a client for the MAC, and since Wave 4 will merge Mesh functionality into WL Essentials, it's not too far-fetched to imagine WL Essentials coming to the MAC. It'd be a perfect iLife/MobileMe killer

old OS = old software. XP users, technology won't wait for you !
Evolution won't wait for every person who want to use an outdated product. It's time to upgrade, or you'll miss all new great software

LaserWraith said,
I hope Wave 4 is light on resources (the downloadable programs). Sometimes Windows Live Mail takes up a lot of RAM and CPU.

Yeah i hope so too because I hate to hear my laptops fan when running something that uses too much resources.

Must be them writing it wrong. Only Messenger is going to Mac. Only the full WLE suite with Mail,Photo Gallery,Movie Maker etc is on Windows

Bern@rd said,
Anyone notice they said Macs?

Am I reading too much into this, or is WL Essentials coming to MAC....

Messenger and Mesh are on OS X. I think that's all they're talking about.

Since Mesh is being integrated into WL Essentials (as Sync & Skydrive), I wouldn't be surprised if the whole Essentials suite comes to the MAC.

Microsoft has been warming up to the Machintosh in the last couple of years: Mesh, Silverlight, Office 2011 with Ribbon, music loader for Kin. WL Essentials for the MAC just might be the next logical step...

Edited by Bern@rd, Apr 21 2010, 9:20pm :

Bern@rd said,
Anyone notice they said Macs?

Am I reading too much into this, or is WL Essentials coming to MAC....

I used to use folder sync on Mac.

It's weird, i use nothing in the Live suite anymore. Whenever i wanna check messenger i just use the web client. I don't use Movie Maker and none of the other stuff interest me. Didn't think the day would come when these aren't "Essential" anymore.