Windows Live Wave 4 beta out


Just downloaded and installed the Windows Live Wave 4 beta… early impressions: –

  • Requires a full reboot to install.
  • It automatically installs Bing toolbar to Firefox as three extensions, without an option not to. These extensions cannot be removed via add-ons, only disabled. I should point out that I’m using Minefield rather than FF3.6 though – maybe that’s why (although I doubt it).
  • Messenger now has two views – a normal small window view, and a larger one which integrates with your social networks. This seems to be very nicely done – your facebook friends show up and you can show photos, status updates, blogs etc. all from within Messenger – nice.
  • Writer and Live Mail both have a ribbon now.
  • Messenger takes up a massive 120mb of memory. Even Firefox nightly builds aren’t that bad. Worse still, even after I quit the application, it stays resident according to Task Manager, taking up 85mb. Shocking, but then again this is beta.
  • Windows Live Mail uses about 110mb memory.
  • As I write this, Live Writer is taking up a mere 40mb.

On a side note, I’m considering ditching Spaces for my blog site due to poor tagging options and no statistics… any recommendations on other ones? Blogger? WordPress? Why?

Live Mesh video


Want to see more about Live Mesh – watch this video – finally a decent ad from MS!

"Synchronising Life"

(P.S. Windows Live Writer is great – it realised that I had pasted a YouTube link and automatically put a video preview window in – smart 🙂

N.B. In Firefox 3.5b, the video link isn’t showing for me above. Here’s the link just in case you can’t see the video above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFpwzg-AP_Q

"Synchronising Life"

 

(P.S. Windows Live Writer is great – it realised that I had pasted a YouTube link and automatically put a video preview window in – smart 🙂

N.B. In Firefox 3.5b, the video link isn’t showing for me above. Here’s the link just in case you can’t see the video above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFpwzg-AP_Q