Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Windows Live for TV Beta

From the LiveSide, a product called Windows Live for TV is about to enter beta testing stage.

Windows Live for TV Beta is a rich, graphically-driven interface designed for people who use Windows Live Spaces and Messenger and Live Call on large-screen monitors and TVs.

Among the expected features in this product include:

  • Browse millions of Spaces in rich 3D graphics with new Gallery views and full keyword search
  • Find out what your friends have been doing and saying on Windows Live Spaces
  • Have real-time text and voice conversations*
  • Call your friends' mobile or landline telephones by signing up with Verizon Web Calling to make affordable domestic and international calls**
  • Easily navigate with yout mouse, keyboard or a TV remote (remote navigation requires Microsoft Media Center Remote and IR)
  • Make free PC-to-PC calls to other Windows Live Messenger users.

*Both parties must have compatible webcams, microphones, and speakers
**Requires voice calling in Windows Live Messenger Client

This beta is in limited release, so you must request access to the trial group. Prior to accessing the beta, you'll need to ensure that your computer meets the following requirements:

  • Minimum 800 MHz processor
  • Minimum 1 GIG of RAM
  • 30 MB of hard disk space to install the application
  • 15 MB to of hard disk space to run the application
  • DirectX9-class GPU that supports:
    • A WDDM driver
    • Pixel Shader 2.0 in the hardware
    • 32 bits per pixel
  • Microsoft Media Center remote and IR adapter
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 SP1 or later must be installed, although it does not need to be your default browser.
  • A speaker and headphone for PC-to-PC phone and video calling
  • A Web cam for PC-to-PC video calling
  • Optional: TV output capability required for TV display render

This product should fill a niche that was created with the removal of inbox Messenger functionality from Vista's Media Center. To learn more information about the Windows Live for TV and to apply for the beta, please visit the Windows Live for TV Beta homepage. You can also find more information at the Official Windows Live for TV team blog.

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