Today Microsoft released the beta 2 of Windows Live Essentials suite that originally released on June 24. The package has come with important changes across all the components. Microsoft says, “we’ve been able to improve the quality of the software and have fixed over 75% of reported crashes.”
Windows Live Essentials includes beta versions of Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, and Sync, plus Bing Bar and Messenger Companion. You also get Microsoft Office Outlook Connector Pack and Microsoft Silverlight.
To install Windows Live Essentials beta, your PC must be running on either Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
Here are some of the many improvements you’ll see in this area:
- A quicker Messenger – The time it takes to sign in, and to refresh contacts and social feeds, as well as animation speed, are all faster than in previous versions of Messenger.
- More efficient video chat – Messenger video chat uses 30% fewer CPU resources by offloading work to the GPU.
- Better facial recognition – Photo Gallery facial recognition is improved significantly and works more quickly.
- Larger movie uploads – Movie Maker will upload higher resolution movies to SkyDrive (480×640 vs. the previous 320×480).
- Higher bit-rate movies – Movie Maker now supports higher quality (bit-rate) content.
- Better spell-checking – Writer has significantly improved the quality of its spell-checking.
- Better integration with Office – Writer is much better at retaining all formatting when you copy and paste from Word and other Microsoft Office programs.
- Better handling of Gmail – Mail now automatically handles Gmail’s spam and trash folders properly.
- Faster web filtering – Family Safety web filtering is 35% faster than in the previous version.
The beta refresh build is 15.4.3001.0809 but not all applications doesn’t have same build number, so here is list of the versions:
- Movie Maker – 15.4.3002.0810
- Messenger – 15.4.3002.0810
- Mail – 15.4.3002.0810
- Photo Gallery -15.4.3002.0810
- Sync – 15.4.3001.0809
- Family Safety – 15.4.3001.0809
- Writer – 15.4.3001.0809
There are two installer packages, have been made available.