The next version of Windows Live Wave 3 suite of products is now available for download on download.live.com.
This includes Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Mail, Outlook-Hotmail connector among other programs.
Here’s a list of new / updated features introduced in Windows Live Wave 3:
Windows Live Movie Maker beta, a *new* service for Windows Live offers:
- Ability to share photos and movies online – This beta allows people to turn photos and video memories into great-looking movies and slideshows that can be shared with family and friends on the Internet, on CD/DVD, TV, cell phone or portable device.
Windows Live Writer beta now offers:
- Enhanced photo editing experiences including video and image publishing enhancements, editing enhancements and UI improvements.
- The ability to publish videos directly from the PC to Soapbox on MSN Video and YouTube makes it easier to publish photos and videos to a blog – this should make screencasters happy.
Windows Live Mail beta now offers:
- Calendar and synch features – New calendar features and the ability to synchronize with Windows Live Calendar beta on the web.
Windows Live Messenger beta now offers:
- Easier ways to chat and keep up with your network: Mark specific contacts as favorites and see updates from your network through the “What’s New” feed.
- Group conversations – Communicate and share with up to 20 people by creating private groups in Messenger, determine who is available though presence awareness (group and individual), add a group to your own Messenger contact list and initiate group conversations easily.
- New ways to personalize your experience – Change how your contacts see you through scenes, animated display pictures and signature sounds.
- Rich photo sharing – Share photos easily while chatting with a friend through simple drag-and-drop to show, view and comment on photos in real-time.
Windows Live Photo Gallery beta now offers:
- Face detection & people tagging – Organize photos quickly and simply with new technology that automatically detects faces (like Picasa 3) and allows people to tag their contacts.
Windows Live Family Safety now offers:
- Easier ways to get started – An improved and simplified sign up process makes it easier to configure the service and manage your kids’ activity online
- Improved service performance – The upgraded application and website are faster than previous versions.
Chris Jones writes: "This wave includes significant updates to our software applications for your Windows PC, and in the next few hours, we will release public betas (download.live.com) of the latest version of the Windows Live suite of PC applications, including Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Toolbar, and Family Safety."
Windows Live Wave 3 Beta programs are available in Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazil, Spanish and Swedish. Windows Live Family Safety will not support Chile or Argentina.