Well I was able to get the Windows Live Photo Gallery to install (it installs a desktop version of SQL which was conflicting with another SQL engine I had running). Not impressed. I guess I am old school but one of the things I don’t like about Vista is the Photo Gallery. I am sure it works for many users but the interface (much like my complaint about Zune and iTunes) is a little too automating, making way too many assumptions. Quite frankly organizing by tags? I guess because I am not a photographer I speak without credibility but to assign tags when importing from the camera is a bad idea. I have a large memory card and I don’t import my pictures every time/event so I just find it annoying.
How I think this service applies… think back a few years, before Windows Live Spaces, Google Picasso, Flickr, MySpace (yuck) etc… sharing your pictures required you either knew how to program a website or paid someone to do it. This service provides a common method for the masses.
I have no idea how to use PhotoShop but let’s face it. You have a 6+MP camera, the major need is to take that image that weighs in at a few megabytes shrink it down and do some basic editing. Photoshop is way too expensive for the basics. I looked at Corel and even Microsoft’s Digital Imaging Suite (which they scrapped claiming the tools in Windows Vista were encompassing – hello Microsoft…. NOT). I have to recommend a free (please donate though because this product has just gotten better and better) named paint.net.