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Microsoft Sprucing Up Windows Live

  • CNet, Thursday, June 3, 2010 12:47 PM
Microsoft is making several improvements to its Windows Live set of downloadable programs for managing and synchronizing various content and files. "With no major update to Windows coming this year, Microsoft is counting on improvements to Windows Live to help boost the appeal of Windows for this year's holiday shopping season," according to CNet's Beyond Binary blog. The updates to Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Sync are expected to go into beta in the coming months.

The next version of the Windows Live Photo Gallery tool will add facial recognition abilities and improved editing tools for removing blemishes or scratches. As CNet notes, "Apple has had face detection in the most recent version of iPhoto, but until now Microsoft has only detected the presence of faces in shots, not tried to recognize who, exactly, was in the picture." Also, a new feature for Photo Gallery should enable better group shots by letting people take multiple pictures, and use one person's expression from one shot and another person's face in another shot.

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