Windows Live has come a long way since it was first introduced as a Microsoft brand in 2006. The first wave bolted Hotmail, Messenger, and Spaces into a single download. In last year's second wave, tools like SkyDrive , Events, Photo Gallery, LiveWriter , Calendar, and Family Safety joined the family, along with support for mobile devices. This week, Microsoft rolled out its third wave , adding a new member to the Windows Live family and new features to several existing programs. We've already told you about the new features in Hotmail, so here's what else that's new:
Although Windows Live continues to leave 64-bit Windows XP out of the loop, it works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and with 32-bit Windows XP SP2 and above (except for Movie Maker). Grab complete system requirements and Movie Maker release notes here . Keep in mind that you can download individual programs as well as the Live suite. To keep track of what's happening with Windows Live, check out the Windows Live Wire blog.
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