Microsoft finally reveals details of Windows Live Essentials 2011 update

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released a new update for Windows Live Essentials 2011. The update included some minor changes and bug fixes for programs including Windows Live Messenger, Movie Maker and more. However, Microsoft didn't specify what changes and fixes were made in the update, saying at the time they simply had "critical fixes for the Essentials package."

Now some real details about what was included in the update have been posted on Microsoft Answers. The change log includes details of an update for Windows Live Mail, whereby when a user clicks on a photo hosted on SkyDrive or Facebook, a browser now opens the web album viewer rather than using the Client Album Viewer. That same change has also been added for Windows Live Messenger.

The Windows Photo Gallery app now has an updated authorization method when a person uses it to upload photos to the Flickr or Facebook services as well as another new authorization update for geo tagging with Bing Maps. In addition, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Movie Maker received updates that fixed some minor errors. Finally, the splash screen for Windows Live Essentials 2011 now loads faster in its setup process when a user accepts the UAC prompt.

The update is still an option but Microsoft will make the upgrade a mandatory download sometime in the near future if people continue to use the software included in the bundle.

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I stopped using Windows Live Messenger long time ago but I am still using Windows Live Mail, so I hope they'll continue to support it.

Windows Live looks like it's dead, only critical/bug fixes. Almost 2 YEARS from their major release.
Hotmail gets minimal updates, Skydrive too and that is all.

A few years ago the MSN Messenger (as called) had major updates at least once a year. What is happening now?

2 years is too much time on the web.

eye said,
Windows Live looks like it's dead, only critical/bug fixes. Almost 2 YEARS from their major release.
Hotmail gets minimal updates, Skydrive too and that is all.

A few years ago the MSN Messenger (as called) had major updates at least once a year. What is happening now?

2 years is too much time on the web.

Facebook/Facebook Chat have taken over.

eye said,
Windows Live looks like it's dead, only critical/bug fixes. Almost 2 YEARS from their major release.
Hotmail gets minimal updates, Skydrive too and that is all.

A few years ago the MSN Messenger (as called) had major updates at least once a year. What is happening now?

2 years is too much time on the web.

I don't know but if I had to guess i'd say they're working on WinRT/Metro versions of apps and that's why there's a delay. It wouldn't surprise me if we got something like Messenger with two UI's like IE10 has and so on. I'm sure MS wants those apps listed on the Store in Win8 at least.

The Messenger for Mac team is in the MacBU division. Historically, the team regularly updates their client with bug fixes. However, their product forum at officeformac.com is now 404, and their primary focus now seems to be Communicator, so my best guess is that Messenger for Mac is in sustained engineering mode...in other words, there possibly will be no more bug fixes other than for security flaws, and perhaps no Mac Messenger 9 either.

WelshBluebird said,
Any chance of Messenger for Mac getting updated so it isn't so buggy?

I'm kind of suspecting Skype and Messenger for Mac to be rolled into a single product.

Shadrack said,
I'm kind of suspecting Skype and Messenger for Mac to be rolled into a single product.

Or they've decided to make an iChat plugin which would reduce the work needed to maintain it long term.

What is the future of Live Essentials anyways? Will Windows 8 need it? Will Windows 7 and Windows Vista be getting updated versions? Will they be the exact same as those in Windows 8?

Honestly the live apps could still use some polishing. Windows Live Photo Gallery is no way as perfomant as the competitors.

ObiWanToby said,
What is the future of Live Essentials anyways? Will Windows 8 need it? Will Windows 7 and Windows Vista be getting updated versions? Will they be the exact same as those in Windows 8?

Honestly the live apps could still use some polishing. Windows Live Photo Gallery is no way as perfomant as the competitors.


Those are desktop apps. It's very likely that they will still be updated in the future since the metro apps (for Windows 8) are very limited and only works on Windows 8.