Windows Live Wave 4 testing will expand to users outside Microsoft shortly. According to Mary Jo (ZDNet) this will be in the coming weeks. From a blog post by Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President of Windows Live:
For several months now, we’ve had several thousand people running regular builds of this code inside Microsoft, and we’ll shortly begin expanding this testing to some folks outside Microsoft for additional feedback.
We will then roll out updates to our web services, followed by betas of our software for Windows PCs, Macs, and phones. Our approach is to release betas to the public once we think the build is in pretty good shape, learn through beta usage data and beta user feedback, and make additional refinements that eventually become the final release.
The final release of services-only Windows Live Properties will come first, the final of the properties that include service and software will be final before the end of the year. Jones didn’t want to be more specific on the timeline (rumored roadmap).
Windows XP users are in bad luck as Windows Live Wave 4 will definitely not run on windows XP, Chris Jones confirmed:
“Our focus is on Windows 7 and, to a lesser extent, Windows Vista,” Jones said. He attributed the decision not to create an XP version to Microsoft’s decision to support features that were only available in Windows 7 and Vista. He noted that Windows Live services that don’t include a software client (like Hotmail, for example) will continue to work in the browser on XP.
Furthermore he told Mary Jo we should not expect any new Windows Live Services. “Expect us to do more things like adding more sharing options to e-mail.” And with the new Windows Live Essentials, “we’ll make it easier to connect with what you already use,” he added.
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