Windows Live Essentials Beta Now Available

Microsoft made the beta for Windows Live Essentials available for download yesterday, and whether or not you consider this late to the party or not, the new WLE includes a raft of social features. But then doesn’t everything include that these days?

Regardless, Windows Live Essentials Beta includes updates of Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Moviemaker, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Sync, and Windows Live Writer. In addition to the social features they sport the Ribbon interface at the top of the display window.

LifeHacker has a rundown on what’s new and how some of the social features work. Brandon LeBlanc also shares his thoughts on the Windows Blog.