The “gold” version of the Windows Live Essentials applications (e.g. Mail, Photo Gallery, Writer--which I’m using to write this blog, the Outlook Connector, etc.) are available now at http://download.live.com This final version was in beta when I joined the WL team a couple of months ago. Anyone who is running the version that came out ~12 months ago will really enjoy the added functionality and integration.
My personal favorite is Windows Live Photo Gallery because my family has 40K+ photos. WLPG makes it super easy to organize, categorize, and do minor edits (e.g. fix red-eye) on photos. If you use Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn and a number of other cloud services you’ll probably appreciate the ease at which you can tag photos that include people.
Oh, and did I mention that Windows Live Essentials is free? Don’t take my word, you be the judge.