Windows Live Essentials beta released

New MS suite promises a raft of new features
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Microsoft has released the new Live Suite beta, bringing significant enhancements to Windows Vista and Windows 7 owners.

The add-on Windows OS suite contains applications such as Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Messenger and Mail, Writer, Family Safety, and Sync, plus Bing Bar and Messenger Companion.

The company had previously announced that the new versions surpass the functionality of the software provided with Apple's OSX. 

A video overview to Windows Live Essentials beta can be found on Youtube while the software can be downloaded from the Windows Live Essentials beta site

Among the new features include the new Windows Live Photo Gallery and Movie Maker capabilities to link up to sites like Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. New photo stitching and retouching abilities, along with face recognition are also included.