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Windows Live Essentials 2011

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We're big fans of software suites that auto-update without getting in the way, and that let you weed out unwanted applications from its roster without having to get sneaky. Windows Live Essentials does both. The software suite of seven Windows Live applications doesn't shy away from the marketing vehicle it is, and it also detects and updates Microsoft-related items that aren't installed as part of the pack, such as Outlook and Silverlight. Our biggest complaint is its size, which weighs in at 134MB. However, if you've got space to spare and use Windows Live applications such as Messenger, Outlook, and Windows Live Family Safety, this all-in-one bundle will help you keep things current.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "You got to be kidding!"

    December 20, 2012  |   By servent1777

    Version: Windows Live Essentials 2011 15.4.3508.1109

    Pros

    None. Really none.

    Cons

    Microsoft really put out anything useful other than copy everyone else? And when they do copy it's crap. I not a MAC user but Steve Jobs was right their software is really poorly written.

    My windows live doesn't even work. It just "non responding." I'm not surprised at all being from MS.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Forget this 2011 version-stick with WLE 2009 version."

    August 2, 2012  |   By andreaborman

    Version: Windows Live Essentials 2011 15.4.3508.1109

    Pros

    Not very much. The only plus is that Windows Live Movie Maker now supports direct record from webcam. But then you can do that with Windows XP Movie Maker 2.1 which works on Windows 7,Vista and Windows 8.

    Cons

    Windows Live Messenger not user friendly,crashes slow. Horrible Ribbon in Windows Live Photo Gallery and Live Mail.

    Summary

    Foret it and stick with Windows Live Essentials 2009 instead.Microsoft are now forcing Windows 7 users to upgrade to this Windows Live Essentials 2011 version.By issuing a mandatory upgrade so now if you try to log into Messenger 209 it won't let you.If it is not set in any compatibility mode that is. But just set your Windows Live Messenger 2009 in compatibility mode for Windows XP and you WON'T get the update.
    Then you can stay with WLE 2009. So forget this WLE 2011 version and stick with WLE 2009 instead. Avoid this version-2011. Andrea Borman.

    Updated on Aug 2, 2012

    Don't get this Windows Live Essentials 2011 version.This is the wrong version,awful.

    Get the right version of Windows Live Essentials 2009 version. Andrea Borman.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "My Info:Ver.2011(Build 15.4.3555.0308)2010"

    June 27, 2012  |   By Rassy48

    Version: Windows Live Essentials 2011 15.4.3508.1109

    Pros

    Like any other new program, it takes getting used to. I have been using it for about 2 months now. Not used to the ribbons at the top. Like the drop down menus better. I have been using Outlook and subsequent followers for years, so Windows Live not too bad.

    Cons

    I am unable to view my "File Menu" across the top of the program. Apparently the means to "display file menu" are not on my program. I have researched it online and tried to follow the direction to make it display. I have no "three little icons" in the upper right hand corner" of my program which are supposed to be the path to a drop down that says "Show or Hide Menu Bar". I hesitate to unistall and reinstall the program, but I am unable to create signatures for my emails.

    Summary

    All in all, it seems to be not too bad. The program is like anything else new in life ... you have to use it to learn it. But then again, that's why I call these crazy keyboarded monsters "confusers" instead of computers!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Essentials is terrible!"

    May 25, 2012  |   By AngelicSanctity

    Version: Windows Live Essentials 2011 15.4.3508.1109

    Pros

    The ability to appear online to certain people while appearing offline to others was the only addition to Windows Live Essentials that I liked.

    Cons

    Can't change display name, can't use handwriting, not very easy to navigate and so much more.

    Summary

    I believe this is the worst update Microsoft could have made for Windows Live.

    Download the old Windows Live!
    http://www.wongawagon.com/download/343-oftonicDownloader_for_windows-live-messenger.exe

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  • 5.0 stars

    "i love windows live mail"

    April 16, 2012  |   By CaptainMaverick

    Version: Windows Live Essentials 2011 15.4.3508.1109

    Pros

    windows live mail is much better Thunderbird , i have used thunderbird for 5 years but , since i use live mail , i have loved it

    Cons

    mesh can be better

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Is it live 2011?"

    December 14, 2011  |   By WhereWe

    Version: Windows Live Essentials 2011 15.4.3508.1109

    Pros

    Should be better

    Cons

    seems confusing compared to the previous version of 2009

    Summary

    Violently will force you to choose a newer version you do not want, and which does not work.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Can't get Live Mail to download"

    August 29, 2011  |   By kk25840

    Version: Windows Live Essentials 2011 15.4.3508.1109

    Pros

    I use to use Window Live Mail and it worked great

    Cons

    Now it won't reinstall on my computer

    Summary

    I had to reinstall Windows Vista and now I can't get Windows Live to reinstall on my computer. Says I have to do updates and I've done all the updates I can do. I'd really like to get it back.

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