AMD releases full version of its Live! Explorer software

— 6:00 AM on March 19, 2008

Back in January, AMD took the wraps off a beta release of AMD Live! Explorer—an application that essentially mimics Microsoft's Windows Media Center software, but with a few extra perks, snazzy 3D effects, and AMD branding. For instance, users can view photos and videos in a 3D carousel, and even surf the web while watching videos through a built-in browser. Live! Explorer is meant to complement systems branded with the AMD Live! Ultra badge, which denotes PCs based on AMD platforms with AMD processors, AMD chipsets, and AMD Radeon HD graphics.

AMD now tells us it has finished work on the Live! Explorer application, and that the software has hit "golden master" status. In other words, the version of the tool you'll find on the AMD Live! website right now is the full production release that AMD plans to have PC vendors and system builders offer later this year. Big players like Acer, Alienware, Asus, and MSI all plan to make Live! Explorer available on their machines, and they'll be able to customize the software to their liking, too.

If you want to get familiar with the tool before you download it, you can check out a video of it in action here. Only users with AMD systems need apply, though—AMD Live! Explorer refuses to install on systems with Intel processors.

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