More information on Windows Live Wave 3

By LiveSide | In Featured, News | Posted July 24, 2008 14 comments

Mary Jo Foley recently reported on her blog that Windows Live Wave 3 have completed the M1 (Milestone 1) stage. Our friend Picturepan2 over at LiveSino was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to interview a manager for Windows Live chatting about the progress of Windows Live Wave 3. Although there were many interesting details that he wasn’t allowed to disclose, here’s a quick summary of what’s currently going on in Microsoft with Windows Live:

  • New Unified Header – as we’ve reported previously, all online Windows Live services upon release will have the brand new header that allows users to change the background and colour themes of their pages. This is aimed to reduce the branding confusion that we’ve had with Windows Live previously.

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  • Windows Live Hotmail – this has recently completed its M2 (Milestone 2) stage. The new version concentrates on extra integration with other Windows Live services such as SkyDrive and Home, as well as a new service People (will this replace Contacts? or perhaps has something to do with the C2 project at Microsoft Research?)
  • Windows Live Messenger – M1 build is now complete, and is currently in development for the M2 stage. Messenger 9 will feature a new look as well as additional new features (that we’re not allowed to disclose yet [:(])
  • Windows Live Mail – some minor improvements and interface changes in the M1 build. With the recent release of Outlook Connector 12.1 with Windows Live Calendar support, the new Windows Live Mail will also feature Calendar syncing.
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery – the main new feature in the current M1 build is facial recognition. Photo Gallery will automatically recognise people’s faces in your photos, and users will be able to add tags to each person (similar to how Facebook photos works by tagging each person). However, these added people tags will only be viewable in Photo Gallery.

Currently these are the only set of features we are allowed to disclose. There are no mentions of the new Windows Live Movie Maker application nor any details on the new Windows Live People and Windows Live Groups services. But stay tuned as we’ll keep you updated with the latest news in the development of Windows Live Wave 3.

Posted July 24th, 2008 at 7:29 pm
  • picturepan2
  • damaster

    thanks picturepan2 =) modified the post with that link….hope that someone can read chinese here!

    one thing i hope they do it right with the “integration” talk is that when tagging people’s faces in Photo Gallery, it actually links to their profile under Windows Live Contacts/People…

  • timsline

    Sounds great. The facial recognition piece of the LIve Photo Gallery should be interesting.

  • Alimaggs

    Yeah, sounds really good. BUT I still don’t see how they can reduce the branding issues if windows live isn’t on its own domain? Nobody’s going to be able to remember all these URLs apart from us lot maybe home.live.com – hardly as catchy as Facebook.com and, by the looks of the new header, that’s the market their going for.

    I still reckon dropping the “windows” and just having ‘Live’ is a bit cooler, and shift Live Search elsewhere (with its own branding)… Hopefully, yesterday’s executive shuffle might be a good move to resolve all this.

    Anyway, it does sound like there’s some great stuff in Wave 3. I’m still hoping for a photosynth tool eventually (take lots of photos of a location, and let it stitch) but photo recgnition sounds cool too.

  • wideawakewesley

    Can’t wait for calendar integration with Live Mail

  • BV2312

    CAlendar can sync with outlook get the 12.1 beta of Outlook connecter!!!!

  • Khristopher

    About time we get some Wave 3 info! Looking forward to it :)

  • JMisczak

    I’ve been waiting for Calendar inclusion in Windows Live Mail. Outlook’s a little too big for my tastes.

  • Alber1690

    Whoa…very exciting!

  • deepsnow

    Very exciting.. can’t wait for wave 3…

  • nnbe

    I love the integration of Calendar with Live Mail Client most. Can’t wait anymore.

  • Synthetic

    I don’t know how a feel about how legit the news is on WLM 9.0…

  • someone

    Calendar integration in WLMail is the best news. Hope they do the calendar well (it is really a desktop app) and a superset of Windows Calendar. And the ability to start Live Contacts as a standalone app would also be nice.

  • pmb

    I definitely want to see Windows Live Calendar (and local desktop calendar) integration with Windows Live Mail…

    But I really hope to see “instant searching” in Windows Live Mail client, similar to what Outlook 2007 has.

    And I hope they release POP3 access to Windows Live Hotmail (because I’d like to access my Windows Live mail from my iPhone… yes, I have an iPhone instead of a windows mobile… and yes, I’d like to see much better integration, including with calendar and contacts eventually).

    I also want to see a way of migrating from one Windows Live ID to another. I had an old “passport” account (using my ISP email address as the ID), and I can’t add Windows Live Hotmail to it, because it uses the email as the id… so I have to switch to my new Windows Live ID login to see web mail at live.com, but then switch back to see anything else on any of my other accounts. Either I’d like to associate the Windows Live Hotmail address to my existing ID transparently (so I don’t have to swtich), or I’d like to migrate everything I have associated with my old Windows Live ID to my new Windows Live ID. This is especially true of ‘spaces’, where I have a custom URL on my old account, that I’d rather use on my new account… but there’s no way to delete or transfer or rename or anything. Very annoying and limiting.