Okay, I went nuts this morning and installed all of the recently non-beta-ized Live programs. These include:
- Live Writer — Allows you to write blog entries with a real editor and send it to different blogs. This isn’t limited to Microsoft’s Live Spaces, either. You can send it to WordPress, Live Journal, and others.
- Live Mail — Let’s you get your mail from your Hotmail account and, presumably, Yahoo! if you have a premium email account.
- Live Messenger — The newest version of Microsoft Messenger.
- Live Photo Gallery — Shows you pictures and allows you to add tags and upload them to Live Spaces and Flickr.
They’re kind of neat, although everything is running a bit slow with Live Mail going. And I’ve already gotten errors about not being able to get my mail from it. And I have a problem selecting an email and dragging it to a folder. I have to take two tries to get that done. Otherwise it looks okay. Not really a step up from using Live Hotmail in a browser. Or whatever they’re calling it. Oh, you can also post your email directly to your blog with it. I don’t know why you would want to do this, but you can.
I’m just not overwhelmed with any of it. Give me a while and maybe I’ll feel like I can’t live without it. Although… It is really nice to be able to send my blogs to three or four different sites without having to log into all of them. I noticed that MySpace is not supported, which is a shame since it’s one of the biggest ones out there.