Microsoft Officially Launches Windows Live Services

Microsoft has officially taken the beta moniker off the next generation of its Windows Live services, such as the Windows Live Mail email client, which it launched at events in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 6. This new generation of Windows Live will be available in 36 languages and 59 countries across the world, and is the first integrated release of the services, Brian Hall, general manager of Microsoft's Windows Live business group, told eWEEK. According to Hall, Windows Live is designed to focus on three main things: putting the user at the center, providing an integrated experience across everything that Microsoft does on this front and bringing the best of the Web to Windows.

In line with that strategy, this release brings enhancements to popular services such as Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger and Spaces, while introducing new services for sharing digital photos, planning and sharing events, publishing to the Web, and staying in touch with people, Hall said. "This is the first release that really pays off on that. It pays off with a suite of Windows applications that not only work well with Windows Live but also work with many other popular online services. You can have your AOL Mail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail—if you have POP access—all coming in to one client."

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Compared to Vista's photo gallery, Live Photo Gallery has a much improved import wizard that allows you to choose what photos to import over a given time range (anywhere from 30 minutes to weeks). It also has an additional option in fixing photos, and a panoramic photo stitching feature. And on top of that, it's available for XP as well.

Personally I found Picasa a bit of a PITA to use.

Is there a standalone installed for Windows Live Messenger 8.5? I hate having more stuff installed than what I need.

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