Microsoft unveils new Windows Live Essentials

Microsoft has taken the wraps off the new Windows Live Essentials which includes the popular programs Windows Live Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Sync, and Family Safety.

The Windows Live team have aimed to ensure that the next version of Windows Live Essentials takes advantage of Windows 7 fully. All applications now use the new ribbon UI and integrate further into Windows 7 by using Jumplists. Windows Live Sync is also included which keeps your files synchronized on the web and across multiple PCs.

Microsoft has introduced a powerful new feature into Windows Live Photo Gallery. Photo Fuse allows you to take parts of one Photo and merge it into another. The best example for this is when you take a photo and someone in the group has their eyes closed, you can then merge their eyes from a previous photo.

Microsoft has also improved facial recognition. The feature quickly finds and organizes photos according to the people in them. You can tag people in your photos and Windows Live Photo Gallery will automatically suggest additional photos that those individuals are in.

Windows Live Mail now also includes the ribbon UI. Combining Windows Live Photo Gallery and Live Mail together, Microsoft has built several album templates to allow you to share your photos with friends and family. The feature is both useful and impressive.

Microsoft says it will begin broad testing of the beta version of Windows Live Essentials in a few weeks time. The final edition is slated for release later in the year.

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Oh well..I just hope the Mac Version of MSN will be updated correctly it's perfectly dull *and it's their marketing stuff to make us move to Windows* LoL

yawn. Messenger for the iPhone looks pretty complete (for what they're going to do). Make Messenger for Mac completely up to par with the Windows version, and then I will care.

veternan said,
Oh and Note that Windows XP is not supported in Wave 4
They are taking advantage of many things that were introduced in Vista and 7, so there shouldn't be a surprise that they won't support XP with the new Wave 4.

amazing release!

btw.. it's funny to still see 'M$' when Apple recently exceeded Microsoft in market capitalization ... how about 'App$e' ? x))
anyways...

daniel_rh said,
Waiting for this!

1+ Really looking forward to the Mail client as Outlook is just too much for my usage.

FlintyV said,

1+ Really looking forward to the Mail client as Outlook is just too much for my usage.
The current version of Windows Live Mail is very very good. I use Outlook 2007 for my mail account/calendar etc but if they keep improving on Windows Live Mail I may think about use it every day for mails.

AKLP said,
Will this include the new messenger too?

Of course, Live Essentials refresh the whole lot at once; it is a suite of applications not just a branding exercise. Read the friendly article because the information is as clear as possible.

AKLP said,
Will this include the new messenger too?

It should when the Beta goes live. Rumored to be end of June (21-25 or so). Just in time for my birthday!

LukeEDay said,
Can you sync google calendar with it? If not then I will not waste my time and stick with Thunderbird.

In a previous announcement, Microsoft had stated, that this version of Life Mail would be able to work seamlessly with Gmail, including the Calendar functions.

LukeEDay said,
Can you sync google calendar with it? If not then I will not waste my time and stick with Thunderbird.

So you want to use Google Calendar as a provider for Windows Live Essentials? Have fun waitng on that feature.

You can probably export your Google Calendar an import it into Live Calendar but selecting the backing services seems a little a-la-carte for now.

According to Microsoft iChat doesn't support tabbed chat. I must have an extremely special iChat version in that case...

Thought this was a release announcement, downloaded and installed it, only to find nothing different. Didn't see the small print under the download button

Live Mail looks amazing, some really good features look like they've been added.

Messenger finally has tabs, but by the looks of it, it doesn't allow multiple sign-ins on the same computer yet (for people who want to log into 2 accounts at the same time).

hatmallet said,
Messenger finally has tabs, but by the looks of it, it doesn't allow multiple sign-ins on the same computer yet (for people who want to log into 2 accounts at the same time).

Messenger Plus is an add-on that allows multiple log-ins on the same machine. It also adds tabbed chatting - which to me seems pretty pointless since Windows 7 does a great job of organizing chats.

Neb Okla said,

Messenger Plus is an add-on that allows multiple log-ins on the same machine. It also adds tabbed chatting - which to me seems pretty pointless since Windows 7 does a great job of organizing chats.

Yeah, I've used that in the past on my old laptop. I would prefer it though if I didn't have to install programs like that, such functionality should be out the box. I didn't like Plus' tabbed chatting, though I did like that it got rid of all the ads, as well as allowing multiple account logins.

ma7mgte said,
I was hopeing that multivideo chat would make it in

That'd be nice. I hear the Mac version has vastly improved AV features. Not sure if multi-video is included.

Of course like always in Microsoft, we must wait for all localized version and first wave will include chinese, german, japanese, french... Screw you MS.

Well I've just moved back to Pidgin, Microsoft is gonna have to come up with something really good to make me move back to WLM.

.Neo said,
You're telling me a huge bloated interface isn't enough to draw you back?!

You're telling me Windows Live Messenger has a huge bloated interface?!

Calum said,

You're telling me Windows Live Messenger has a huge bloated interface?!

Messenger, IMO, has had a bloated interface for a long time now.

generko said,
wonder they will release 64 bit version.

Doubtful. Outside of possibly Movie Maker, I don't see a reason to release x64 versions of WLE.

Well from a typical standpoint, a x64 version of Photo Gallery would make a lot of sense. You could store more pictures and have quicker access to them. That said, this update is still very nice!

Melfster said,
What is the difference between Live Mesh and Live Sync?

I don't know for sure but I think Live Sync is new the Mesh+ActiveSync and so on. They're all being rolled into one app now, Live Sync.

GP007 said,

They're all being rolled into one app now, Live Sync.

I hope you are right. There are so many MS products which interfere with one another. I'm slowly losing track of what is what.

Melfster said,
What is the difference between Live Mesh and Live Sync?

Live Mesh was a tech preview. The Live Mesh tech is being integrated intothe Live Sync product.

@GP007 - I don't think Live Sync has anything to do with ActiveSync - which was replaced with Sync Center in Vista and above.

@ferus - This does amount to a consolidation. In addition to the "Live Mesh" name going away and the tech being integrated with the existing Live Sync product, the storage will now be integrated with your SkyDrive.

Bengal34 said,

The suite is free... Why 'M{0}#039;?


Because some MS haters apparently can't let that slip even once. That or they don't know any other way to type it...

vice le von said,
There has been facial recognition since Wave 3.

No one said it's new only that they've updated it and made it work better.

tsutton said,
Hmm, not too bad...

just admit and say it is good. No need to say negatively good.

Hear this: It is gooooooooooooooooddddddddddddddddd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

haha

satus said,

just admit and say it is good. No need to say negatively good.

I'd be worried about privacy concerns, with the "who is this" photo identification.

dvb2000 said,

I'd be worried about privacy concerns, with the "who is this" photo identification.

I never sign in with WLPG, you'll be fine. Or just don't use the feature.

dvb2000 said,

I'd be worried about privacy concerns, with the "who is this" photo identification.

LOL then you're saying we should not use Facebook Profile Photos.

dvb2000 said,

I'd be worried about privacy concerns, with the "who is this" photo identification.

Pffft, what about facebook, they've been doing this for ages now. Suddenly Microsoft does it and you have to be concerned.

satus said,

just admit and say it is good. No need to say negatively good.

Hear this: It is gooooooooooooooooddddddddddddddddd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

haha

3

+1

dvb2000 said,

I'd be worried about privacy concerns, with the "who is this" photo identification.

+1 I can smell Big Brother, if you know what I mean...