Windows Live Essentials 2011 Heads to Beta

Microsoft has begun showing off what’s to come in the new edition of its Windows Live Essentials suite, and while Live Essentials may be primarily geared toward consumers, it’s got a good deal to offer small businesses and teams and remote workers as well.

That’s going to become even more true with Live Essentials 2011, which boasts enhancements including closer ties with Microsoft’s core Office productivity suite as well as improved videoconferencing capabilities. Datamation takes a look.

Microsoft quietly began offering the latest beta of its Windows Live Essentials 2011 — a key consumer part of the company’s cloud computing initiative — for download on Tuesday. Of note to business and professional users, the beta now includes tighter integration to Microsoft’s Office suite.

The move comes at a time when Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is preparing to begin beta testing of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) on Sept. 15.

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New Beta of Live Essentials Goes to Work

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