A picture is worth a thousand words: People Tags in Windows Live Photo Gallery Wave 3

By Kip Kniskern | Posted September 6, 2008 8 comments

You’ve heard it at LiveSide (and LiveSino) first, that Windows Live Photo Gallery will feature facial recognition in its wave 3 release. Then we saw a mocked-up screenshot of how it may have looked like. Microsoft then helped us confirm it with their Windows Live Help entries. Today, you’ll see here for the first time how it really looks like. Enough words said, we’ll get straight to the screenshot that will explain it all:

Notice on the left-hand pane it now shows two tagging sections, one for the new “People tags” and another for “Descriptive tags” which already exists in the current version. Expanding the “people tags” section will show a list of people you have ever tagged in your collection of photos in your Windows Live Contact list.

Similar to Facebook, you’re now able to tag each person in your photos. What is different is that Photo Gallery will automatically detect faces in your photographs, allowing you to identify each person in the photos.

It also seemed like Google had beaten Microsoft to the race by releasing name taggings features in Picasa Web Albums too. Microsoft, the race is on!

Update: Seems like when you expand the “People tags” section, it will display the list of contacts from your Messenger contact list, including your favourite contacts. Also, from the screenshot below we can see that you’re able to view those photos shared by your Messenger contacts using the PhotoShare function. That is some good integration across Windows Live services.

 PhotoShare

Posted September 6th, 2008 at 4:46 am
  • http://www.liveside.net/members/calum_2D00_cook/default.aspx calum-cook

    What have they done to it?! They’ve got rid of the glassy section and removed loads of icons! Looks like there’s *still* no colour customisation either… and the new Wave 3 header isn’t there. In all, a complete mess. This had better not be the final UI.

  • kmturner

    What would be a killer feature is to be able to upload the photos to facebook and have the “people tags” tag you and your friends automatically. I can dream can’t I?

  • G-Z

    me personally, I like the new interface of the header. They should avoid drop-down menues though. And the left-hand pane should be less “explorer-like”.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/calum_2D00_r_2D00_/default.aspx calum-r-

    Another bland UI on a Wave 3 product! :/

    It looks nothing like Windows Live Messenger 2009 M2 & nothing like the Wave 3 previews of Windows Live Mail we have seen.

    I really do hope these are not the final UIs of the products, if they are Microsoft have messed up big time! They promised us consistnecy!!! :@

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/quikboy/default.aspx quikboy

    I hope there’s just more than Photo Tags. WLPG could use some instant photo effects (like Picnik), a real fancy slideshow maker, more image editing tools, and the ability to publish to more popular photo-sharing sites (SmugMug, Facebook, MySpace, etc.).

    It needs to be more competitive against Google’s Picasa.

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/Chris/default.aspx Chris

    @calum-r: Let me try and clear up some of the UI issues from how I understand it (ie I could be wrong, or it could change!)

    Only Messenger is getting the Wave 3 header, including customisation. The other suite applications are getting the glassy Windows Vista look like you see above.

    The reason why Mail didn’t have this look is because it was an XP shot, not a Vista shot.

    Of course this kind of feedback is what you have betas for :)

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/calum_2D00_r_2D00_/default.aspx calum-r-

    Thank you Chris. I understand it now.

    If this is the case for when the betas are finally released I will be very disappointed! If they develop that design for Windows Live Messenger then they could easily develop it for these applications as well! It wouldn’t take much time because they already have the core user interface on Windows Live Messenger.

    Also if the user interface of the products end up like this, I doubt we will see integration of the coloured display picture borders which show your status – something I think would be good across all Windows Live software & services.

    Finally, I love using Windows Live Mail at the moment because of the great user interface. If they change it for this really bland one, it will definately affect my user experience – this design is a step backward!

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/joeale/default.aspx joeale

    Will this built in two windows live spaces facial recognition as a online service.