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Windows Live Essentials 2011 – download now

, posted: 30-Sep-2010 23:30

The 2011 update to Microsoft's free Windows add-on product is now available for download. Even though the first beta was only launched 3 months ago, this is the release of final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011.

Windows Live Essentials 2011 consists of:

  • Windows Live Messenger 2011
  • Windows Live Writer 2011
  • Windows Live Movie Maker 2011
  • Windows Live Mesh 2011 (previously Windows Live Sync)
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011
  • Windows Live Family Safety 2011
  • Windows Live Mail 2011

This free suite delivers quality products at price that will suit home users. Each product has an updated user interface - with some of them taking on the 'Ribbon' style interface of Office 2007/2010 and Windows 7 core applications.

Some products such as Live Photo Gallery gets a significant upgrade and is well worth installing. The video below offers a little insight.

The products work in conjunction with both other Microsoft services such as Hotmail, SkyDrive and web versions of Microsoft Office. It also integrates with Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Gmail and numerous blogging services (such as Wordpress and Blogger).

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Comment by chiefie, on 1-Oct-2010 09:22

Thanks for the offline installer! That's gonnabe so handy!

Comment by Clumpy, on 8-Oct-2010 06:08

Interestingly enough the Windows Live Mail 2011 newsreader is broken when using plain text.

When posting replies in a newsgroup thread in plain text, Windows Live Mail 2011 (using its newsreader functionality) will not add the requisite ' > ' character to the preceding posts quoted i.e. it breaks the threading. Show stopper.

While works however when using HTML this is not a sufficient workaround. There, problem is that many newsservers work only in plain text and most people post in plain text.

The thing should not have made it out the door which such a glaring flaw.

The remedy suggested on the proprietary web forums is to fill out Microsoft's provided form. There's no software fix as of yet.

Of course, there are other remedies which involve the installation of third party software. I'd rather they just fix Windows Live Mail 2011.

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