To all of those that asked for it on your own blog, posted comments on our blog or other blog postings, sent us email, or even stopped me on the streets (ok, maybe it hasn’t gone this far yet) asking us to enable Windows Live Photo Gallery to publish photos on Flickr, I want to say… We heard you and we’ve done something about it!
I’m thrilled to announce that we’ve added the option to publish your photos on Flickr in the latest beta refresh version available today via Microsoft Update! In fact, Windows Live Photo Gallery has received the stamp of approval from the super cool people at Flickr as a first-class application for uploading your photos to your Flickr account! You can find the new option on the Publish menu. I’ll be blogging more about the feature details very soon so check back here for lots more information. Check out the press release here.
But wait, there’s more! In addition to the brand new Publish on Flickr feature there are some other recent notable changes in this latest beta version:
- Windows Live Photo Gallery no longer requires WDS (Windows Desktop Search) to be installed on XP! Again, we heard the grumblings loud and clear, and took action! Once you have installed the update via Microsoft Update and have build 1299.1010 install you can uninstall WDS if you’re not using it with any other programs.
- Being a beta, we’ve also fixed a ton of bugs reported by users so the product should be a lot more stable since the last beta release.
Here’s how you get the latest Beta 2.2 refresh of Windows Live Photo Gallery: If you are already using the Windows Live Photo Gallery beta, you will get the beta refresh as an update from Microsoft Update. So, if you have automatic updates enabled from Microsoft Update you will get the latest version (Beta 2.2, build 1299.101) automatically. If you have automatic updates disabled you will need to go to Microsoft Update (http://update.microsoft.com) to get the latest.
Not running Windows Live Photo Gallery beta yet? Go to http://get.live.com to get the Beta 2 version and then check Microsoft Update to ensure you get the latest Beta 2.2 version with all of this new functionality announced today!
We hope you’re as excited as we are! We’re looking forward to hearing more of your feedback and experiences.
Michael Palermiti (Program Manager)