Windows Live makes it easy to store and manage your communications and information, and share what?s going on in your life with the people who mean the most to you. Many of you have already tried out new versions of our web services ? Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Spaces, Windows Live SkyDrive beta, and the new Windows Live Home page beta. These have been designed to work together with a common navigation, so it is easy to switch between your e-mail, your space, your files, and your photos?from any browser.Today we?re releasing beta versions of a new generation of Windows Live software designed for your Windows PC that makes it easier than ever to get connected to Windows Live or other services. This suite of software includes e-mail (Windows Live Mail), photo sharing (Windows Live Photo Gallery), a great publishing tool that lets you post directly to your blog (Windows Live Writer), parental controls (Windows Live OneCare Family Safety), a new version of Windows Live Messenger (8.5), and more.

Here are a few tidbits about what you’ll get:

Photo Gallery: Improved cropping and color adjustment tools; ability to watch QuickTime videos in the viewer. Writer: Ability to insert videos; new XHTML markup capability; ability to print your blog posts; new support for Blogger image upload tools and PicasaWeb. Mail: Photomail improvements; Contacts improvements; and a new customizable toolbar. OneCare Family Safety: New integration with Mail, Messenger, and Spaces.

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via: WindowsLiveBlog