Microsoft released a public beta for the next major update for Windows Live Essentials dubbed "Wave 4" on June 24, 2010. The updated applications include Windows Live Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, Mesh, and Messenger Companion. For Windows Live Mesh, the application has been rewritten to be based on the previous Live Mesh and will allow PC and Mac users to keep their documents, pictures and music in sync across multiple computers. It was also announced that Windows Live Toolbar will be discontinued and replaced by the Bing Bar. In addition, the ribbon user interface was incorporated into Mail, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, and Writer. The Wave 4 beta has dropped support for Windows XP; Windows Vista or Windows 7 is required for its use. The beta refresh of Windows Live Essentials 2011 was released on August 17, 2010. Microsoft released the final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011 on September 30, 2010. The applications were updated with a hotfix/QFE (except for Mesh and Family Safety) on December 1, 2010, and that update became available through Windows Update from March 20, 2011. On May 2, 2012, Microsoft announced the re-branding of Windows Live. Although all applications in Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite will continue to function on Windows Vista, 7, and 8, there will be no significant updates made to these applications in the future. In June 2014, Microsoft announced that Windows Live Essentials 2011 would no longer be available for download on Windows Vista.
Microsoft released Windows Essentials 2012 on August 7, 2012, for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Windows Essentials 2012 included SkyDrive for Windows (later renamed OneDrive), and dropped Windows Live Mesh, Messenger Companion and Bing Bar. Microsoft Family Safety is also installed for Windows 7 users only, as Windows 8 has built-in family safety functionalities. Further, Windows Essentials 2012 also dropped the "Windows Live" branding from the installer itself, as well as from programs such as Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, which have been branded Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker respectively. These two programs have also received several updates and enhancements since their 2011 release, including video stabilization, waveform visualizations, new narration tracks, audio emphasizing, default save as H.264 format, and enhanced text effects for Movie Maker; as well as AutoCollage integration and addition of Vimeo as a publishing partner for Photo Gallery. No significant changes or re-branding were made in this release for other programs such as Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Writer. It is still possible today to download the original pack for Windows Essentials 2012. Such links are provided in the form of links to the Wayback Machine.
Surprise! Surprise! Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011 just after 3 months since they released the beta version of the same. You can go ahead and download Windows Live Essentials 2011 right away. We have the offline installer (direct download) links at the end of the article.
I have downloaded the Windows Live Essentials 2011 Offline installer provided by Microsoft (they sure do bury it on the website, not easy to find). You can find it here: =61168194-26aa-4ce6-910a-aeb36fc89d17
Windows Live Essential 2011 uses the same approach as version 3, just go to Explore Windows Live Essentials page, and click the download button and it will prompt you to download the 1 MB web installer. I notice there is now option to access the offline installer like wave 3 allows you to. If you want the Offline installer, you can download it here Windows XP users, this version is not compatible with it, you need to upgrade to Windows Vista SP2 or 7, just like Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has made some significant improvements to programs such as Photo Gallery and Windows Live Movie Maker that require access to low-level features such as Direct3D.
Hi Leo, hope all is well. I need your advice on windows essentials 2012, I recently experienced computer intermittent freezes,e.g. I would download a link on an e-message, it would freeze, as do other computer applications, started out as a minorproblem, and it kept getting worse up to now. Some of the links that I download, will freeze up before I even open them. Icalled my security people (Trend Micro Systems) discussed the problem with them, they were very helpful, performed a Trend MicroAir Support, where you give them permission to do a picture of your computer. They conveyed that nine programs, some quite old,no longer valid, I myself did not monitor the status of my programs, did not even realize I still had them, they helped me deletethese programs, but I did not delete the Windows Essential 2012 program, as they had suggested, as a possible conflict with theTrend Micro Security program, that I have been using, for about three years, and they have served me well.
Hi Leo I tried upload to my older comp. with windows 7 antivirus program from eset and have problem . In red comes message ( the signature of this program is corrupt or invalid ) . What can I do to resolve this issue . Appreciate your answer . Thank you .
i have the same problem as gus but mine is with any pictures i want to send, from outlook how do you reconfigure imapim a novice with computers, i get the same server error 3219 and windows live mail error id 0x8de00005
Note that Windows Live Messenger 2011 has removed several features such as handwriting support, blocked contacts, unable to send instant messages while in offline mode, cannot change display name (nickname), sound clips and other customization options. Users who feel that Windows Live Messenger 2011 sucks can download and downgrade fallback install to Windows Live Messenger (Essentials) 2009.
It is recommended that you switch to new Mail and Calendar on Windows 10 as Windows live essentials are not supported on Windows 10. Else try using Windows Live Essentials 2012 as it currently working on Windows 10.
Microsoft's Windows Live Mail is an email client for users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It's the successor of Outlook Express in Windows XP and of Windows Mail in Windows Vista. It doesn't come prepackaged with the operating system or with any of the office packs but it can be downloaded for free from the Windows Live Essentials site. There are also other free Windows applications that come with the Windows Live Essentials suite. The latest version of Windows Live Mail (2011) is only compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, there is also a Windows XP compatible version that you can download. 2b1af7f3a8