Make Windows Truly come a”Live”… with Windows Live Essentials (Beta)

After my recent review of Windows 7 on my blog a couple of folks have asked so how does Windows Live fit into Windows 7. Firstly in a big way. One of the perceived problems with Windows Vista is that it was a fat product with just too much in it. This is by far not the first time that Microsoft has shipped fat products. Exchange Server 2000 shipped with an early version of messenger. This was later developed into the highly successful Office Communications Server. The point is that those nice guys’s in Redmond do listen to feedback!

 

Ok now back to Windows 7.You will remember that Vista came pre loaded with software such as Windows Movie Maker etc. This was great to use, but slowed the system down. With Windows 7 the fat OS is a thing of the past. Now Windows 7 Ships is a very basic state which allows users the option to enhance the Windows experience with the Live Essentials pack.

 

So what’s included? Firstly the Live platform now includes a host of really cool tools which include  shiny new versions of movie maker, Photo Gallery, Writer and Live Messenger not to mention such gems as Windows Mail, Windows Contacts, and my favourite Sky Drive which provides users with a whopping 5Gb of secure online storage for free.  Now you are probably wondering these only work on Windows right!. Wrong! You can download these tools are get productive today. http://download.live.com/

About Andy Malone

Andy Malone Microsoft MVP, MCT Andy Malone is the CEO of Quality Training Ltd and founder of both the Dive Deeper Technology and Cybercrime Security events. Based in Scotland, Andy is a popular international event speaker and technology evangelist with over 15 years experience. Andy was also the 2006 winner of the Microsoft TechEd Speaker Idol contest. Andy has delivered technical and security content to thousands of delegates worldwide at various technical conferences, such as Microsoft TechEd, IT Pro-Connections and Tech-days. His passionate style of delivery, combined with a sense of fun has become his trademark. Although his primary focus is for security. Andy loves to talk about the Windows platform, Exchange and Office technologies. And with knowledge dating back to the MS-DOS 2 and Windows 2.0 era there is often an interesting story to be told. But technology never sleeps and Andy continues to work with the Microsoft product teams to create and deliver ground breaking material on Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 and beyond. For 2011/12 Andy is scheduled to deliver content in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the US to name but a few. Andy’s blog: http://blogs.quality-training.co.uk/blog
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