August 18, 2010

Windows Live Essentials 2011 (Wave 4) Beta Refresh Released, Download Links for Online and Full Offline Installer Inside

Microsoft has released a new Beta Refresh build of "Windows Live Essentials" 2011 (Wave 4) suite which can be downloaded using following links:

Direct Download Link (Online Installer)

Direct Download Link (Offline Installer) (151 MB)

Homepage (To download setup for other available languages)

Windows Live Essentials beta requires Windows Vista or 7, and is available in English, French, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German and Russian.

According to Microsoft:

We've made significant progress in today's beta update. This includes things like decreasing the time it takes to start each program or render each webpage, and improving the quality of your experiences. It often takes hundreds of small improvements and optimizations to better the final experience. Here are some of the many improvements you'll see in this area:

  • A quicker Messenger – The time it takes to sign in, and to refresh contacts and social feeds, as well as animation speed, are all faster than in previous versions of Messenger.
  • More efficient video chat - Messenger video chat uses 30% fewer CPU resources by offloading work to the GPU.
  • Better facial recognition - Photo Gallery facial recognition is improved significantly and works more quickly.
  • Larger movie uploads - Movie Maker will upload higher resolution movies to SkyDrive (480x640 vs. the previous 320x480).
  • Higher bit-rate movies - Movie Maker now supports higher quality (bit-rate) content.
  • Better spell-checking - Writer has significantly improved the quality of its spell-checking.
  • Better integration with Office - Writer is much better at retaining all formatting when you copy and paste from Word and other Microsoft Office programs.
  • Better handling of Gmail – Mail now automatically handles Gmail’s spam and trash folders properly.
  • Faster web filtering - Family Safety web filtering is 35% faster than in the previous version.
  • Facebook Chat in Messenger - With the new Facebook chat integration, you now also have one place to chat with all your friends.
  • Flickr video publishing and Snapshot in Movie Maker - You can now publish videos directly from Movie Maker or Photo Gallery to Flickr too.

In addition, we've been able to improve the quality of the software and have fixed over 75% of reported crashes.

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