Microsoft releases Windows Live suite beta with common installer

Microsoft releases Windows Live suite beta with common installer

Summary: Microsoft is making refreshed betas of a handful of its Live services -- available as a single downloadable suite with a common installer -- later today, September 5.

TOPICS: Windows, Microsoft

As the New York Times reported (rather confusingly) over the weekend, Microsoft is releasing a handful of its Windows Live services with a common installer. Microsoft is making refreshed betas of a handful of its Live services available as a single download later today (September 5).

As Microsoft explains its plans on the Windows Live Wire blog in a note from Chris Jones, a Vice President on the Windows Live team:

"Today we’re releasing beta versions of a new generation of Windows Live software designed for your Windows PC that makes it easier than ever to get connected to Windows Live or other services. This suite of software includes e-mail (Windows Live Mail), photo sharing (Windows Live Photo Gallery), a great publishing tool that lets you post directly to your blog (Windows Live Writer), parental controls (Windows Live OneCare Family Safety), a new version of Windows Live Messenger (8.5), and more.

"Starting today, you’ll be able to install the entire suite of these downloadable Windows Live services at one time, from one place, instead of going through separate installations for each service. Of course, if you don’t want the entire suite, you can still get each application individually."

So far, the new bits aren't available. But once they are, they'll be downloadable from the site, Microsoft officials said.

No word on when Microsoft expects to move from beta to final with the Windows Live suite.

Update: The beta of the Windows Live suite does not support 64-bit versions of Windows Vista. Sigh. Microsoft officials are saying 64-bit support will be added whenever the final version rolls out.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • unified install

    The unified install is only a good idea to those at Microsoft. When I installed the updates, I found Microsoft snuck one by me. Windows Desktop Slowdowm - er, Search was installed under the guise of a notation called simply 'Toolbar'. I mistakenly thought this was a toolbar for IE or something like it - no explanation was given. Then when I removed it (I use X1) I found that the Picture App would not work. So that was toasted from the hard drive. The folks at MS could avoid wasted downloads by simply being forthright about what was being sent. 'Toolbar' is hardly a description of WDS, and with the recent dealings with Google over WDS, you would think they would be more careful.

    Also, the download set my system to Automatically Update, which I did not want - I choose to be notified before downloading - I was not happy about this either.

    I'm sure this has less to do with convenience for the user than the ability of MS to push content on the user, like reliving the Internet Explorer mess. Also, MS must be less than concerned that the DOJ is going to get involved with these 'added features'.

    Unlikely as it may seem, I do really like the new mail program and the blog writer, MS is getting these right - I might like the photo app also, but the price of using WDS is simply too high.