New Windows Live Suite Beta announced by Microsoft

Microsoft has just announced the beta release of its new Windows Live Suite in around 58 countries worldwide, including India. Also, as reported yesterday, Microsoft has rolled out its unified installer.

The new Windows Live Suite beta release marks an important milestone for Microsoft that will lead to the final launch of a new generation of integrated Windows Live services in the months to come.

Users will be able to download services such as Windows Live Photo Gallery beta, Windows Live Messenger 8.5 beta, Windows Live Writer beta and Windows Live OneCare Family Safety from the new Windows Live suite of services.

The newly released unified installer will assist users in the download of new global betas of Windows live Photo Gallery beta, Windows Live Messenger 8.5 beta, Windows Live Writer Beta, Windows Live OneCare Family Safety and Windows Live Toolbar. Not only that, this unified installer will update all Windows Live services automatically.

Windows Live Services Beta Updates:

Windows Live Photo Gallery beta: Today’s release marks the first broad consumer availability of Windows Live Photo Gallery beta, and includes some new functionality from prior beta versions of the service, such as the ability to:

  • Share photos on Windows Live Spaces directly from Windows Live Photo Gallery beta.
  • Share videos on Soapbox beta on MSN Video directly from Windows Live Photo Gallery.
  • Import photos from your digital camera and the Windows Live Photo Gallery will automatically organize them into events based on date and time.
  • Create cool panoramic pictures by stitching together multiple photos.
  • Edit photos using the improved cropping and color adjustment tools.
  • View QuickTime files in the Gallery Viewer.

Windows Live Messenger 8.5 beta: Today’s release builds on prior beta releases of Messenger and now includes:

  • Additional family safety functionality integration
  • Performance and security enhancements

Windows Live Writer beta: Today’s release expands new market availability for Writer to 32 languages and 55 countries, as well as being available worldwide in English, and now also includes:

  • Easy ways to insert video from various video services into a blog entry, with an enhanced experience for Soapbox on MSN Video
  • XHTML markup and justified text alignment
  • Image upload for Blogger, which allows publishing images to PicasaWeb
  • The ability to print out your blog posts on paper
  • Support of market or language specific tag providers

Windows Live OneCare Family Safety:

  • Family safety support in Mail, Messenger and Spaces

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