As you would probably expect - though maybe not this badly - the installer fails half way through and with a re-run, it wants you to reboot. Whether this will happen with everyone, I'm not sure but it's happened on two separate machines so far, so maybe it will.
Adding access to Facebook and MySpace seems a little cringeworthy; even though you can mix and match all of your existing social networks, it feels like you're entering some kind of technological wife swap.
As you would expect from an instant messenger, your contacts are there somewhere. Though at this point and for previous Wave 3 users, it's not exactly clear where they are. You actually have to read what's on the screen to see your online friends, which frankly as a power-user you shouldn't have to do.
Out with the old and in with the new. Though thankfully for legacy users who don't particularly like change, you can revert back to the old interface which gives you your contact list and nothing else. However, it is quite handy seeing updates from your friends, yet those not equipped with the knowledge of the Zune/Windows Phone 7 user interface may be confused.
Nothing much has changed from the instant messaging window, with the exception of new emoticons which gives the program a much needed facelift. Nevertheless, the old emoticons are so deeply embedded into the Generation Y's culture, even a slight change could throw even the most grounded of people into a tizz.
Very little settings change since Windows Messenger XP
For those who have gone as far back as Windows Messenger pre-installed with Windows XP, you'll notice that the vast majority of the old settings have changed. It just seems a bit outdated, to be honest.
New Windows Live Mail users will be able to just open the application first off and access your email. You don't need to plug in any settings because it'll find them for you. Yet if you were to use say, Outlook Live or Live@edu, you still have to go through the painstaking process of entering the correct settings (...which is not as easy as you would think).
With so many users ditching Outlook's overly complicated interface for a more simplistic view, users may be disappointed as the developers seem to have packed as much as they possibly can into such a small space.
Whatever happened to the simple "send a plain text" email? With email becoming a lot more social, some of these wide ranging options may be adored by many, though the vast majority will just want to send emails without hassle or distraction.
The new Windows Live Photo Gallery which offers very much as it did in Wave 3, except adding more social non-Microsoft features and the best features hidden away in third or fourth tabs along the Ribbon.
As you can see, the results are pretty spectacular. Though the images created as a result of the panoramic photo feature do get rather big, and the stitching process seems to stall at the very end - even after the image is created.
Live Mesh seems to have been re-branded as something simpler and easier to use. Though will this make the cut seeing as LogMeIn Free and Dropbox combined have been offering this for free for years already?