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Microsoft’s Free Windows Live Essentials Beta Debuts

Microsoft Windows Live Essential is a free software suit for Windows users and it includes a number of applications in it. Applications like Windows Movie Maker which was there in Windows XP, was discontinues by Microsoft in Windows Vista. It would have been because Microsoft wanted to gather all such applications in its Software Suit called Windows Live Essential. The beta version of the 4th major update to the already existing Windows Live Essentials has been released and the different applications which are there in it are: Windows Live Family Safety, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Sync, and Windows Live Writer. The main aim behind discontinuing these applications as a native part of the Operating System and providing them in a suit is because update and upgrade process is simpler when part of a suit. These applications come for free and come under the freeware distribution policy.

The new Beta version connects all its applications to online services from Microsoft and other providers, including social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. It also connects with popular blogging tools like Spaces, Flickr, YouTube, and SmugMug; email sites such as Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail; and to Microsoft Office Web Apps.

Some other new Windows Live Essential Tools are:

  • Face recognition in Photo Gallery. Tag a photo of someone, and the software identifies the face in other pictures.
  • The ribbon interface which was started with Office 2007 has been given to the new Windows Live Mail. It also has the calendar feature which is quite similar to that of Outlook
  • Ribbon interface has got its place in the Movie Maker also, and the new version of Movie Maker contains better tools for editing titles, transitions, captions, and a soundtrack to your movies.
  • Easier photo and video sharing with multiple online social networks

In addition to all the above mentioned upgrades the new version’s Live Sync feature synchronizes your files across multiple PCs and on remote servers. Sync also has a new remote desktop feature with which you can access your PC from anywhere via the internet.

Besides these tools even the privacy settings can be controlled in a much organised manner. It incorporates a feature for setting up the level of exposure you want to give to your Windows Live account. You can set the same kind of privacy settings for the media you share on online sites.

It looks that Windows has tried to patch all the loop holes which were there in previous version of these applications and has made the better, more user friendly, and more secure. Currently Live Essentials is available in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, Portuguese and Spanish and can be downloaded from http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-beta.

Business School Swaps Google Apps for Microsoft Live@edu

6,250 students, 500 administrative staff and 128 teachers of Skema Business School have given up google apps and are adopting Microsoft’s live@edu. Live@edu is a hosted email service which includes calendar and contact management, instant messaging, video conferencing and a 10GB of storage space. Being a Microsoft’s tool it nicely integrates with other Microsoft applications for better integration of information sharing and resource utilisation. As per the announcements made by school the staff and the students will also be offred Microsoft Office 2010 under a site-wide licensing program, and access to SharePoint Online, giving them 25 GB of storage space for documents.

This collaboration between the school and Microsoft is a 3 year agreement which will also offer internships to Skema graduates.

Google Apps is a service from Google for using domain names with several Google products. It features several web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites. Google’s web based applications are being widely used in various universities, colleges, and even schools. It enables students to create Gmail accounts with their university domain, among other things like spreadsheets, Docs, and Calendar. A major selling point for Google Apps Education Edition is the online accessibility for the apps. Meaning students can get their data and information from any computer from any computer connected to the internet. This also allows them to work on computers where there is no Office suit installed. This reduces Microsoft Office’s dominance in offices, schools and colleges. To counter the same Microsoft has started the Live@edu which offers quite similar features along with some advanced features with works in cohesion with other Microsoft Applications.

Live@edu is accessible through popular Web browsers for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It is available at no cost and it helps IT departments:

  • Reduce IT infrastructure costs, such as Maintenance.
  • Spend less time maintaining e-mail systems and more time on strategic initiatives.
  • Offer common, familiar tools for students to communicate and collaborate with peers and faculty.
  • Keep data safer
  • Meet high student expectations, including anywhere access to people and information.

On getting registered with Live@edu a student gets instant access to the following of his accounts: Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, and Windows Live Mobile.

Microsoft is providing data stores for saving, sharing and editing the documents created with Live@edu account. Two data store which Microsoft is using for the same are Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Spaces.

As a result of so many extra benefits being provided by Live@edu another school “ESC Lille” has also adopted it along with Skema. Microsoft’s International President Jean Philippe Courtois, is positively looking forward and foresees adoption of Live@edu by various universities and Colleges across the globe. Philippe himself was a student of Skema in 1983 and currently he is also a member of the school’s Council of Strategic Direction

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