Microsoft continues its radical makeover and nobody can stop it. Some time ago we talked about the discontinuity of Windows Live as the suite of Windows 8, but there were no news yet on what (and how) would be its replacement. However, developments were immediate: Microsoft proudly introduced “Windows Live Essentials”, the new application suite for Windows OS.
In addition to adapting the interface design “Metro” Windows 8, Windows Essentials introduces new features that enhance the quality of their products, placing this product at Mac iLife’s level (according to Microsoft, off course).
What’s new in Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live)
As the most important new feature, Windows Live Mesh is no longer available in this suite, replaced by the desktop client Skydrive. It is somehow like Windows Live Mesh though there are some absent features, such as peer-to-peer synchronization without passing through the cloud.
Neither Windows Live Messenger nor Windows Live Mail (which both still keep the name Windows Live, curiously), have apparent changes. The news come in Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, now called just like that, without any prefix or new name.
Photo Gallery includes a new utility to make collages (between 7 and 50 photographs),and the truth is that they are somewhat promising. Movie Maker, meanwhile, now allows “unstable” recorded videos to be stabilized (as long as you used it under Windows 8), plus add music from a set of online services (it could be better integrated; the truth is now it’s no more than just a link). We can also narrate a video and select the other audio sources (music and the video itself) are faded temporarily as we speak. We can select which audio channel to emphasis.
Movie Maker uses H.264 as the default video format; and both the photo gallery as this application allow uploading your masterpieces to the popular video service Vimeo.
*The beta of the new Windows Essentials is available for download, while the final version will be released in late August.
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