The Windows Live Essentials beta (part of our Wave 4 set of Windows Live releases) is a big set of enhancements. Every product has been touched, and there are some new products in here. Here’s a summary of what’s new.
My favorites so far:
- All the products have an improved interface, including the ribbon
- Live Messenger’s interface is really cool, and helpful / productive.
- Live Messenger also has other new capabilities like high-def video chat, video messages for offline friends, badges, tabbed conversations,
- Photo Gallery now supports grouping by facial recognition and other interesting attributes
- Movie Maker supports creating HD videos.
- Hotmail - check out the new interface, and the Sweep capability
- Office Web App’s
- Several interesting calendar capabilities
- New folder sync capability
- Remote desktop capability