Microsoft Updates Windows Live Essentials 2011

Microsoft recently updated Windows Live Essentials with a few new features in each of the apps in the suite. Here’s the details and download info.


An update for Windows Live Essentials users was announced last week from Microsoft. It mentioned that its entire suite of apps including Live Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mesh and of course our favorite blogging tool, Windows Live Writer.

Steven Abrahams, Windows Live lead program manager mentioned users will see new features including the ability to chat with Facebook friends, photo fuse in Photo Gallery and much much more. Unfortunately…. Steven failed to mentioned what exactly was included in “much more” and the Windows Live team is infamous for not including any kind of change log in these update announcements so you will need to play around with the various apps to see what else might have been added.

Before you upgrade, you should also take a look at Steven’s blog post as there are a few dozen comments about people having issues with Live Mail and Live Photo Gallery.

Download the Windows Live Essentials 2011 Update

Via Windows Experience Blog



  1. Chris

    Which build no is ?

    • Steve Krause

      Not 100% sure unfortunately. The #live team does a horrible job publishing that kind of thing. Here’s what I’m seeing in Windows Live Writer.

      Version 2011 (Build 15.4.3555.308)

  2. Brian

    Yup I have the same version number in Windows Live Writer too.

  3. Mike W

    I see no updates for WLW other than the number in the About dialog to 16.4.3508.728

    In particular tables are still broken (try inserting a simple one at the start of a post), then switch to Source tab, and then back to Edit, and then back to Source.

    There also doesn’t seem to be a way to work through Blogger 2-step verification using WLW.

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