Windows Live Essentials beta refreshed

Repost from the Windows Live team blog… About three months ago, we released public betas of the Windows Live Essentials – our suite of downloadable programs for your Windows PC, including Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Toolbar, and Family Safety. Since then, we’ve received a ton of great feedback and we’ve been using…

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Extras

Windows Live Photo Gallery includes a lot of fantastic features. We also realize there are some really cool and useful 3rd party programs available that Photo Gallery users could benefit from by having as part of the experience. The new Extras menu in Photo Gallery is the place to add-on those other great photo (and video!) programs.  Simply download and…

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Our new Photos web service is LIVE!

We’re excited to report that the completely redesigned photos.live.com is up and running! Here are just a few reasons why you should go check it out: Beautiful new views of your photos, including an amazing Slide show view. 25 GB of FREE storage! That’s a ton of pictures of any resolution plus there’s no more…

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New publish plug-ins available for Photo Gallery and Movie Maker!

Do you share photos on Facebook? What about sharing sharing videos on YouTube? Well thanks to Will Duff, one of our developer interns this past summer, there are now a couple of brand new publish plug-ins for Facebook and YouTube available for download.  Both plug-ins enable you to easily share your photos or videos with…

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Give your photos the Black and White treatment!

One of the top feature requests after last year’s release of Windows Live Photo Gallery was for the ability to convert photographs to black and white. We listened, and are happy to introduce this feature to you! We realize there are some photos that just deserve the extra attention. Those photos, such as those captured…

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Authoring a Publish Plug-in for SmugMug

This is a guest post from Omar Shahine. When we announced an internal beta of our new Publish API a few months ago he jumped right on it and within a few days built his Smugmug plug-in. If you’re a Photo Gallery user that also happens to use Smugmug to share photos AND videos, then…

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Straighten up!

Have you ever found yourself fumbling for your camera to capture one of those beautiful, yet fleeting moments? Your child’s first steps, your pet’s picture-perfect pose, or the run-in with your favorite celebrity… in those moments, keeping your camera perfectly straight and steady was probably not a very easy feat. 🙂 And don’t forget about…

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You’ve tagged them, now here’s how to find them fast

If you read John’s recent post, an introduction to “people tags”,  you now know that you can quickly  tag  the faces in your photos– using either the  contacts in your contacts list, or any name you want.  So hopefully by now you’ve played around with people tags in our beta, adding them to photos of…

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Making movies is getting a lot easier (cross post)

Eric Doerr, he leads the Program Management team for Digital Memories (a.k.a. the Photo and Video team for Windows Live), blogged about the brand new Windows Live Movie Maker beta today over on the Windows Live “Wire”.  He covers a bit of Movie Maker history, some information about the new engine behind the scenes, rethinking…

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Why “people tags”?

We’ve always had keyword (descriptive) tagging in Photo Gallery. Heck, we’ve had it in Microsoft photo products since Windows XP. So why add a whole new type of tag to Windows Live Photo Gallery? Because people take lots of pictures of people. Think about the photos that are most special to you. Let me guess—…

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