Imagine this. You connect a digital camera to your PC for transferring photos and the software is able to recognize family members and friends in the photos by their faces.

face recognition

Well that’s something new coming in the new release of Windows Live Photo Gallery – it will include a special "Face Recognition" feature where the software will automatically recognize different faces in in your personal pictures and will also let you add those names as tags.

The first beta is expected sometime in September. LiveSino (English), LiveSide and ZDNet have more on what’s coming in the next release of Windows Live.

This will be something like running Riya facial search* on your desktop though just limited to faces as Photo Gallery cannot read text contained in your photos. Evernote can however do this for you.

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*Update (July 25): Please note that the above screenshot is just for illustration purpuse and is done using the current version of Windows Live Photo Gallery with a picture from Riya visual search.