Windows Live Wave 4: Home, revealed

As we get closer to the public beta of Windows Live Wave 4, more and more features and screenshots are emerging onto the Internet. Over the past few weeks there has been a slew of screenshots of various applications and services revealing Windows Live Wave 4, including Writer, Mail, Photo Gallery, Messenger, and Documents and Devices.

LiveSino.net has just revealed one of the new features Windows Live Home will sport: Web Messenger integration. The feature will be located in the header of the Home page, along with a control panel to allow you to select your status.

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Windows Live Home is a service that aggregates all the data from your Windows Live Network, your local weather conditions, headlines from your favorite websites, as well as a preview of the first three e-mail messages in your Hotmail inbox.

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Alphanumeric said,
It doesn't look any different...........

The links in the header are different; the options in the drop-down by the user's name are different; there is now a display picture under the 'Windows Live' header; the display picture shows the user's status; the status also seems to be displayed next to the user's name; there is a box next to the display picture suggesting the user shares something; if you look closely, the blue is a fairly darker shade than the blue on the current Windows Live Home (default theme).


But no... other than that amount of changes, it doesn't look any different...from the small part of the page we are able to see in the screenshot...

Edited by Calum, Jan 21 2010, 11:21am :

I really do like Windows Live Home and I may use it when wave 4 is released. I just hope they allow us to change the colour of the default blue 'wave' type design, just like we can with Windows Live Messenger. I like consistency, so if I can have all of my Windows Live services and applications the same colour/design, that would be preferred. Having said that, most of the applications will use the ribbon interface now, so I probably wouldn't be able to do that anyway :(

Oh well, the features do look extremely useful and if Hotmail starts gaining more of Gmail's features (conversations, labels, archiving) and Windows Live Messenger allows us to chat to our Facebook 'friends', I may switch back to regularly using the Windows Live services :)

i just wish google would make all of their products integradted... having to sign in all the time.... no one central "control panel" for your main google account...

madLyfe said,
i just wish google would make all of their products integradted... having to sign in all the time.... no one central "control panel" for your main google account...

It's called iGoogle. They make it, go here: http://www.google.com/ig

Looks nice. Hope it gets released near time of reveal rather than show and release several months down the road.

majg said,
Looks nice. Hope it gets released near time of reveal rather than show and release several months down the road.

I couldn't agree with you more.

The second screenshot looks good, hopefully they will allow us to post updates to Twitter too like the new MSN page.

Manmohanjit Singh said,
The second screenshot looks good, hopefully they will allow us to post updates to Twitter too like the new MSN page.

That would be a very useful addition

Manmohanjit Singh said,
The second screenshot looks good, hopefully they will allow us to post updates to Twitter too like the new MSN page.

You can do that now with buddyfuse plugin. But you're right, built in support is better.

Luis.A said,
I hope they streamline everything and give us the ribbon and a Win7 look. Thats all I ask

IMHO it doesn't carry enough features to warrant a ribbon, and ribbons are too fat for this.

Luis.A said,
I hope they streamline everything and give us the ribbon and a Win7 look. Thats all I ask

Why do people want Ribbon on everything? Like Jugalator said, it is not needed here.

zeke009 said,
Looks nice. I like where they are taking the Live platform.

hmm, no edit function now. Is that timed?

Anyway... Some new or expanded custimization options would be nice. I might use the Live Home page more often.

Personally, I really don't care about social networking updates and have no need to see them. Given that, I'd like the option to remove that in todays Live Home page. As well as the MSN headlines option.