Microsoft released its much awaited version of Windows Live Essentials(beta) yesterday.It includes many free programs like Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, and Sync, plus Bing Bar and Messenger Companion. You also get Microsoft Office Outlook Connector Pack and Microsoft Silverlight.It also connects online services from Microsoft and other providers, including social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Linkedin; popular blogging tools like Spaces, WordPress, and Blogger; online storage and photo/video sharing sites including SkyDrive, Flickr, YouTube, and SmugMug; email sites such as Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail.
Microsoft has introduced a powerful new feature-Photo Fuse- into Windows Live Photo Gallery which allows you to take parts of one Photo and merge it into another.It has also improved facial recognition.You can also tag people in your photos .With Movie Maker, you can make movies from your videos and photos. AutoMovie adds themes, transitions, effects, titles, and more .You can manage multiple e‑mail accounts—Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail* and more—in Windows Live Mail.
Please note: You must be using Vista SP2 or Windows 7 to install the new Wave 4 beta. It is not supported for XP