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Microsoft Launches Windows Live Essentials

Microsoft has released public beta version of its Windows Live Essentials suite.

The company said that the new suite includes a number of significant updates to the Windows Live Photo Galley, Movie Maker, Messenger and Mail and Windows Live Sync, which allows users to sync files between their office and home PCs.

Windows Live Essentials also offers greater integration with the social networking platform Facebook and Google's video sharing service YouTube.

The platform's photo and movie editing tools have also been upgraded to handle high-definition media content.

Piero Sierra, group program manager for Windows Live Essentials at Microsoft, said (opens in new tab): “Hot on the heels of the Hotmail roll-out, the new Windows Live Essentials becomes available for public beta testing. Windows Live Essentials beta requires Windows Vista or Windows 7, and is available in English, French, Japanese and Spanish.”

Microsoft has said that the suite is not available for its older Windows XP operating system.