Windows Live Wave 3: Coming to testers near you soon

Posted by sumeethevans on August 14 2008, 4:11 AM. Posted in Windows Live.

The leaks are picking up. Windows Live Wave 3 — the next version of Microsoft’s Windows Live software and services — is finally expected to move into broader beta testing in the coming weeks.

Microsoft is expected to refresh all of its core Windows Live services, plus the common installer, as part of Wave 3. There is a new version of Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Photo Gallery and more that are in the pipeline. Microsoft has hinted that it will be revamping Windows Live Spaces, its blogging/social-networking platform, in a major way as part of the Wave 3 release. In addition, all of the core Windows Live services are expected to get more profile-centric as part of the next wave.

But another reason that Wave 3 is worth watching is because of its ties to Windows 7. As Microsoft Live team members outlined in their Live Wave 3 planning memo a year ago:

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