We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011
for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download!
(Releasing in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if your language is not yet available, it will be very soon.) Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect your PC to the services you use every day. We’re also announcing today that Dell
will be the first global PC manufacturer to ship PCs with Windows Live Essentials 2011 and Windows 7 pre-installed, just in time for your holiday purchases. Many other PC manufacturers are also planning to make Windows Live Essentials 2011 available and we’ll continue to keep you updated as they start releasing.
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. Designed for Windows 7
Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed from the ground up for Windows 7. You can pin your applications
to the taskbar and use jump lists
to quickly get to common tasks. The ribbon brings common tasks to the front, letting you filter photos, change your font, or publish to your favorite services in a single click.
For parents, Windows Live Family Safety
gives you the tools to help keep your kids safer on the Internet.
If you have more than one PC, or a PC and a Mac, Windows Live Mesh
helps you sync your files and folders across your PCs and connect back to your PC from virtually anywhere. Connected to the services you use
Windows Live connects your Windows PC to the services you use every day. Use Window Live Photo Gallery
to share photos with your friends on SkyDrive, Flickr, SmugMug, Facebook, and more.
Create a video using Windows Live Movie Maker
and instantly publish it to YouTube.
Stay in touch with your friends on Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace using the new Windows Live Messenger
Use Windows Live Writer
to update your blog on Wordpress.com, Blogger, TypePad, and many more blogging services.
Use Windows Live Mail
to keep track of your email from Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, and more. Download it today!
Get started and download Windows Live Essentials 2011
today. It is being released in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if you don’t see it in your language yet, you should see it very soon. If you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7 on your PC, make sure you have the latest Windows updates installed before you install Windows Live Essentials (see the system requirements here
). If your computer is still running Windows XP, you can, of course, continue to use the current Windows Live Essentials software, and then switch to Windows Live Essentials 2011 when you buy a new PC or upgrade to Windows 7.
Together with Windows 7 and the new Internet Explorer 9 beta
, Windows Live Essentials completes your Windows experience and connects your PC to the services you use every day. Try it out and let us know what you think!
On behalf of the entire Windows Live team, thanks for trying Windows Live Essentials 2011!
Vice President, Windows Live engineering