A comment on my blog post this week about Messenger for iPhone asked when a beta of Windows Live Essentials (aka Wave 4) would be ready. The answer is real soon….tomorrow in fact :)
Get Windows Live Essentials beta tomorrow from this link
The beta includes the new version of Messenger you may have seen with deep social integration, along with new versions of Mail, Photo Gallery and my favourite, Writer. The latter remains the best blogging tool on the planet and I remain convinced people would pay $30 or so for this application – even more on the Mac perhaps. It remains free but don’t let that put you off. If you’re a blogger and you’ve never used Writer you’re in for a treat.
Photo Gallery has got some plaudits from none other than Michael Arrington so that’s worth a look too with features like photo fuse. Mail get a very nice update with great new features and some elegant UI work to boot.
Brandon has a way more comprehensive post than me as does Piero over on the Windows Live team blog. I’ll be back to post on Live Sync soon which takes up where Live Mesh left off. It takes some getting used to but I like it.
Windows Live Messenger is now on iPhone in English and French for the US, Canada, UK and France. You can grab it from the iPhone App Store. I think they’ve done a pretty good job on the UI. What you reckon? Also some good SkyDrive integration for handling photos.
Bing.com wins over Google.com for me today (biased I know) in the battle of the Father’s Day images.
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There’s been a lot of chatter about Microsoft Kinect this week and some of it connected to the meme of Natural User Interfaces – the idea being that the interfaces of the future will be much more natural and the computer will do more of the work rather than us having to. There are of course plenty of good examples of that in devices like the iPhone and iPad when it comes to touch and multitouch, voice activated systems like the automated system I used today from Orange to register my new PAYG SIM. I strolled across the one above featuring Microsoft Surface earlier this week.
It’s an implementation of Surface at the Manchester Visitor Information Centre that was developed by Magnetic North and using active objects it does a very nice job of showing the shopping, theatre and other attractions of the area.
I have a few other Surface projects to highlight over the next week or so – if you’ve seen others, let me know.