Microsoft releases Windows Live Essentials Beta

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After seeing what are the new things in Windows Live Messenger, we were hanging on our seats to see when Microsoft will release the beta version of the next installment of Windows Live Essentials. Now, we know the date. It’s now.

Windows Live Essentials Beta includes the next versions of Messenger, Writer, Photo Gallery, Mail and Movie Maker, and are all part of connecting Windows 7 to the online services like YouTube, Facebook, WordPress, etc. The new beta has a particular focus on integrating social networking sites – allowing you to upload videos and photos from Movie Maker and Photo Gallery to your social profiles.

Photo Gallery gets some brand new features, including photo retouching and basic manipulation; while Movie Maker has a new Auto Movie feature that will automatically add themes, titles, transition and effects with videos and photos. Messenger adds HD video chat, while Mail includes Yahoo! Mail and Gmail support.

You can download the beta version of the new Windows Live Essentials package here. If you also don’t like toolbars, don’t forget to tick off the Bing Bar that comes included.