Microsoft Launches New Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker Versions, Kills Live Mesh

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced new versions of Windows Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8, which introduced several new features, some of which are explicitly designed to take advantage of new Windows 8-specific functionality. The announcement on the Windows Experience blog skimmed through some of the more featured improvements, but LiveSide spotted a comprehensive list posted on Microsoft Answers that offers a more complete look at what’s new.

Photo Gallery has a rather modest list of improvements:

  • AutoCollage
  • Vimeo Publishing Plugin

Movie Maker on the other hand has a slightly larger list of new things:

  • Audio Narration
  • Audio Waveforms
  • Audio Ducking and Emphasis
  • Music Store download integration
  • Deferred Encode Proxy and Disable Transcoding Options
  • MPEG-4/H.264 Encoding (MP4)
  • Video Stabilization and Rolling Shutter Correction (Windows 8 Only)
  • Outlined Text
  • Videos As Audio
  • Vimeo Publishing Plugin
  • Project Auto-Save

Photo Gallery and Movie Maker aside, this announcement also packed some bad news for fans of Live Mesh. When those colossal SkyDrive announcements were made recently, we pretty much knew that the end of the road was near for Mesh. It’s pretty much official now. If you install the Windows Essentials 2012 suite and have Live Mesh installed, it will automatically be removed and replaced with the desktop SkyDrive client.

Provided that you never update, you can technically continue using Live Mesh. But you’ll be stuck in 2011.

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