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Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta 2 available now

Microsoft has just released the next major version of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta suite. The package comes with a number of improvements, bug fixes and added features.

Microsoft originally released a Windows Live Essentials beta on June 24. Essentials includes the popular programs Windows Live Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Sync, and Family Safety. The Windows Live team has 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 also introduced several new features for Windows Live Photo Gallery, including photo fusing to blend photos together and improved facial recognition.

Download Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta refresh (English full installer)

Build number: 15.4.3001.809.

Some applications carry a different build number, so here is a master list of the versions:

Movie Maker - 15.4.3002.0810
Messenger - 15.4.3002.0810
Mail - 15.4.3002.0810
Photo Gallery -15.4.3002.0810
Sync - 15.4.3001.0809
Family Safety - 15.4.3001.0809
Writer - 15.4.3001.0809

Thanks to Mephistopheles for the news tip!

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