Some official news is finally starting to trickle out about the next wave in the Windows Live platform. For the past few months now, unofficial leaks have been available of the next generation of Windows Live Essentials. Microsoft Vice President, Chris Jones recently spoke with CNET about what to expect with the next release:
The new versions are part of a series of changes coming to Windows Live in the "Wave 4" update to Microsoft’s online services. In updating Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Photo Gallery, and other downloadable Windows Live Essentials programs, Microsoft opted to take advantage of the improved graphics engine and other capabilities that have come into the operating system with Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, that meant sacrificing compatibility with the older operating system.
"We just decided that was the right choice," Microsoft Vice President Chris Jones said in an interview this week. Jones said existing versions of the programs will continue to be supported for XP users and online services like Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger will continue to run on Windows XP.
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If you don’t know, Windows Live Essentials consist of programs and services for extending your Windows experiences, it compliments Windows 7 very well. Programs such as Windows Live Movie Maker for video editing, Windows Live Photo Gallery for basic editing, management and sharing of photos, Windows Live Writer for blogging, Windows Live Mail for email, calendar and news feeds and a host of other technologies for synchronizing with various services such as your Windows Live Skydrive, multiple PC’s, devices and popular social networking services.
One of the most exciting parts of the next generation of Windows Live services I am looking forward to is Office Web Apps which promises to implement that rich experience found in Microsoft Office on the PC in the web browser.