It was three years in the making as Microsoft releases a public beta of its free Windows Live Essentials suite. Photo Gallery and Movie Maker head the list of tools that are optimized for Windows 7. Mary Jo Foley has more on Microsoft's competitor to Apple's iLife
We'll look at some of the best features. Photo Fuse lets you combine pieces of different photos to make one grand photo.
Auto Movie is a tool that lets you combine video, photos, and music to create a movie.
You can share photo galleries and movies directly to Facebook, Flickr, YouTube or SkyDrive.
With Photomail you can send photo albums with up to 25 GB of free cloud storage with SkyDrive.
Microsoft calls SkyDrive your remote desktop.
Sync keeps your information up to date.
Facial recognition automatically finds and tags people in your photos.