Fresh out of the oven: Windows Live Essentials 2011 (Wave 4)

Windows Live Essentials 2011, preparing to install...

Long awaited, now available: The Windows Live team has released the latest version of its application suite Windows Live Essentials, code-named Wave 4. Essentials extend your Windows computer with photo, video and blog editing and enable you to communicate with your friends.

Essentials 2011 was designed to make full use of the new interface features introduced in Windows 7. For example, task bar jumplists are now supported. All Essentials applications have been updated with the Ribbon interface. And finally, Messenger is getting tabbed conversations.

Chris Jones, Vice president, Windows Live engineering, declares:

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.

Windows Live Essentials 2011 includes the following programs:

  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Family Safety
  • Windows Live Mesh
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Messenger Companion Internet Explorer add-on
  • Bing bar

For installing Essentials 2011, your computer should run Windows Vista SP1 or higher.

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One comment

  1. After 6 months of ongoing discussion with Microsoft about the bugs in the beta Movie Maker, it appears all the bugs are still there in this new release. Totally unable for me.


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