We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download! (Releasing in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if your language is not yet available, it will be very soon.) Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect your PC to the services you use every day. We’re also announcing today that Dell will be the first global PC manufacturer to ship PCs with Windows Live Essentials 2011 and Windows 7 pre-installed, just in time for your holiday purchases. Many other PC manufacturers are also planning to make Windows Live Essentials 2011 available and we’ll continue to keep you updated as they start releasing.
I want to offer a special thank you to the millions of people who installed the beta! Our beta users helped us identify and address issues, with over two thousand forum posts and comments. In today’s release, we’ve addressed 95% of all bugs reported by beta users, leading to improvements that you’ll see across the suite.
Designed for Windows 7
Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed from the ground up for Windows 7. You can pin your applications to the taskbar and use jump lists to quickly get to common tasks. The ribbon brings common tasks to the front, letting you filter photos, change your font, or publish to your favorite services in a single click.
For parents, Windows Live Family Safety gives you the tools to help keep your kids safer on the Internet.
If you have more than one PC, or a PC and a Mac, Windows Live Mesh helps you sync your files and folders across your PCs and connect back to your PC from virtually anywhere.
Connected to the services you use
Windows Live connects your Windows PC to the services you use every day. Use Window Live Photo Gallery to share photos with your friends on SkyDrive, Flickr, SmugMug, Facebook, and more.
Create a video using Windows Live Movie Maker and instantly publish it to YouTube.
Stay in touch with your friends on Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace using the new Windows Live Messenger.
Use Windows Live Writer to update your blog on Wordpress.com, Blogger, TypePad, and many more blogging services.
Use Windows Live Mail to keep track of your email from Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, and more.
Download it today!
Get started and download Windows Live Essentials 2011 today. It is being released in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if you don’t see it in your language yet, you should see it very soon. If you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7 on your PC, make sure you have the latest Windows updates installed before you install Windows Live Essentials (see the system requirements here). If your computer is still running Windows XP, you can, of course, continue to use the current Windows Live Essentials software, and then switch to Windows Live Essentials 2011 when you buy a new PC or upgrade to Windows 7.
Together with Windows 7 and the new Internet Explorer 9 beta, Windows Live Essentials completes your Windows experience and connects your PC to the services you use every day. Try it out and let us know what you think!
On behalf of the entire Windows Live team, thanks for trying Windows Live Essentials 2011!
Vice President, Windows Live engineering
Microsoft has updated the Windows Live Essentials 2011 package, which contains a range of programs including Windows Live Mail, Messenger and Photo Gallery. This is a minor update in terms of feature changes, but contains critical fixes.
Windows Live Essentials is a suite of free programs from Microsoft to help you stay in touch with the people you care about most and do more with Windows on your PC. You can edit and share photos and personal videos, manage your email and calendar, publish to your blog, access your files on multiple computers, and help keep your kids safer online. It’s all in one download, and it’s all free.
•Windows Live Essentials includes Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, Windows Live Mesh, Bing Bar, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight, and Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger). You can install just a few of these programs or all of Windows Live Essentials.
•Note: Clicking Download means you agree to the Microsoft service agreement and privacy statement. The download may include updates to Windows Live programs you already have. You’ll get updates to these and other Microsoft programs from Microsoft Update. This software may also download and install some updates automatically.
Today we’re happy to announce new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. We’ve added a few new capabilities while also taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are two essential Windows applications hundreds of millions of people have come to rely on for making the most of your photos and videos. And with this release, we’ve given you a few more reasons to enjoy them even more.
it's nice to see they actually did drop the live branding from this release. There's a few new editing and productivity features in the new version of Photo Gallery that make it one step closer to being a full featured photo management suite. I haven't tested the new movie maker yet.
Microsoft has updated the Windows Essentials 2012 package, which contains a range of programs including Windows Live Mail, Movie Maker and Photo Gallery. Changes include the removal of Messenger, Skydrive replacing Live Mesh, and the fact that Family Safety won't install on Windows 8.
Microsoft has released a new Version 4.7.0205.0 of its free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-malware package for Windows Vista and 7. You can update from the link above, or wait for it to become available via Windows Update.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up-to-date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you’re free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.
Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, we recommend that you uninstall other antivirus software already running on your PC. Running more than one antivirus program at the same time can potentially cause conflicts that affect PC performance.