Microsofts Research's Interactive Visual Media Group has announced the release of Image Composite Editor 2.0. The software's latest update, taking advantage of the company's Photosynth technology, can seamlessly stitch together 'gigapixel images', create panoramas from video, and automatically fill in missing areas of photographs.

Image Composite Editor 2.0 also includes new projection features, such as creating a 360-degree 'little world' panorama from your photographs. A complete redesign of the website and its interface allow ICE 2.0 to better communicate with its brother's software, Photosynth. Microsoft notes that these updates build on 'years of research' from the team in Redmond, Washington.

The software is available as a free download for Windows PCs in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Support has yet to be announced for Mac OS X.