Microsoft announces new Windows Live products

27 06 2007

Microsoft has just announced two new Windows Live products, Windows Live Folders and Windows Live Photo Gallery. Windows Live Folders is Microsoft’s online storage solution, which features a 500 MB storage limit, with a 50mb individual file size cap. Unlike some of the other competing services, Windows Live Folders is more geared towards storing and sharing documents as opposed to storing music and videos. Microsoft’s take is that 500 MB is a sufficient amount of storage for documents.

Windows Live Folders

Windows Live Folders

Windows Live Photo Gallery is an upgrade to Vista’s Photo Gallery, replacing it on install. It can also be installed on Windows XP SP2. In Vista, it integrates heavily with features already built into the OS, making it easy to make a movie out of your pictures or burn a picture CD. One of the other features that was demoed was “photo stitching.” Basically this consists of taking a series of photos in the same location and stitching them together to make a big panoramic photo.

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Both of these products are being released into limited beta with around 5,000 to 10,000 testers initially. We should see the betas expanding throughout the summer with an eventual full release sometime this winter.

For more information go to LiveSide.net, a blog about Windows Live.

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