Microsoft issuing Windows Live Essentials 2011 bug fix update this week

By Tom Warren, on 6th Jul 11 7:46 pm with 31 Comments

Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that it plans to issue an update to Windows Live Essentials 2011 this week.

The software giant is aiming to improve the general performance and quality of the popular Windows Live suite of applications. The update will include full SSL support for Windows Live Mail and Microsoft’s latest Bing Bar. Microsoft will also include the following fixes:

  • Mail: We fixed a sorting issue in the Sent items folder and improved the upload reliability and instrumentation in Photo mail.
  • Messenger: We fixed a couple of stability issues and made various changes for improved voice and video quality. We fixed an issue that was causing sound to be lost after upgrading, and we improved performance when displaying the MSN Today page in the main window.
  • Photo Gallery: We implemented various bug fixes for crashes related to launching Photo Gallery through Autoplay and facial recognition.
  • And more: We made many other usability, performance, and stability improvements across the suite of Windows Live Essentials apps.
Microsoft says it is rolling the update out in two phases. The update will be available to manually download at http://explore.live.com or Microsoft’s download centre. Windows Live Essentials 2011 users will be prompted to update to the version later this month through an optional update notification. The update will bring the build number up to 15.4.3538.0513.

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=712800712 Joe Parker

    I have to admit, out of everything that Microsoft produces the Windows Live Essentials suite has to be the most disappointing. It lacks an edge of professionalism, and I feel does not fit in well with the Microsoft brands. They might as well just return everything including Bing back to the Msn brand, it’s what people were used to from the start. Windows Live Essentials 2011 was hugely disappointing, and has been buggy since the start, it feels un-finished. Im glad they have finally got round to releasing the fixes for it.

    • http://twitter.com/xanxavier James Curtis

      I have to totally disagree. I find the suite is very good. I am a heavy promoter of Live Mesh and the new messenger with FB and Linkedin support.

    • http://twitter.com/xanxavier James Curtis

      I have to totally disagree. I find the suite is very good. I am a heavy promoter of Live Mesh and the new messenger with FB and Linkedin support.

    • John Elmo

      I totally disagree too. This is good stuff.

    • Anonymous

      I totally disagree as well. WLE 2011 is an awesome suite of free stuff.

    • http://twitter.com/oslicek David Petrla

      I don’t really understand this comment. WLE is not a professional tools suite, but it’s great for the home and SOHO use. I use Security Essentials, Live Mesh, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Family Safety and I’m quite happy.

      In some cases I use higher grade tools for photo and video editing, but in most cases PG and MM are satisfactory, super-fast tools able to deliver great results.

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      I disagree with you. Windows Live Essentials is great in my opinion. Some things may be a little basic (e.g. Movie Maker) but some things are amazing (like Messenger and Mesh).

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      I disagree with you. Windows Live Essentials is great in my opinion. Some things may be a little basic (e.g. Movie Maker) but some things are amazing (like Messenger and Mesh).

    • http://www.facebook.com/jayswanson42 Jay Swanson

      It’s not bad but it could be so much better if the apps were intregrated with the OS and the only reason they aren’t is because of stupid antitrust stuff.  Now that they’re out of that oversight period we may see all this bundled back into Windows 8.

    • adam pilborough

      I wouldn’t count on that. Doing so would guarantee that someone will bitch about it just like opera did years ago. And I think Microsoft understands this.

  • Grannyville7989

    I’ve got the problems with Windows Live Messenger where if my sister logs into her Windows account and starts up WLM and signs in, it will start WLM under my Windows account and sign in with my credentials automatically (assuming that I have logged into my Windows account previously and my sister has just switched user). It’s very annoying when I return back to my account and have a bunch of chat windows open from people who assumed I was present at the PC.

    • Anonymous

      I like Live Essential. Although I don’t like the latest version Photo Gallery where it moves all my pictures that I edit, to My Pictures. Beside that, it runs well and I like it.

      To answer your problem.. well there is no fix say i Live Messenger (well maybe the patch above has a fix). But what I recommend (esepcially if you are under win7 or Vista) is to give spin at Trillian 5.
      What I particularly like about this, is that well, you don’t have your problem, but you have A LOT of options and features, including syncing your conversations between computers, and takes advantage of Win7/Vista Aero. It looks so professional, you think it’s part of Windows.

    • Grannyville7989

      Thanks, I’ll give it a look :)

  • Grannyville7989

    Also, I’m looking forward to the next Wave of their Live Essentials suite. I hope these apps will get a Metro makeover. I’m not a fan of the Ribbon UI in Mail or Photo Gallery. One size doesn’t fit all. To me, it makes the apps look and feel clunky and top heavy, whereas it feels right at home in the Office suite. 

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      I like the current interface… And Messenger already has a bit of a Metro look.

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      I like the current interface… And Messenger already has a bit of a Metro look.

  • Grannyville7989

    I hope there’s a fix to a bug in Live Mail where all of my custom folders under my inbox folder, in my Hotmail account, disappear. I have to remove and then re-add the account so I can get the folders to appear again. 

    I apologise if it sounds like I’m ranting here, I’m really not. I’m just tired of how long it takes Microsoft to release fixes and updates to Live Essentials. It’s clearly not much of an essential to Microsoft. 

  • Tonious

    Windows live movie maker rocks. But Windows live mail was a huge dissapointment for me. I’ll stick with hotmail.

    • Grannyville7989

      Blocking specific people on Facebook through Windows Live Messenger would be nice but I guess that has to come from Facebook’s end.

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      To be honest, Movie Maker is ok but is a bit in need of a revamp.

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      To be honest, Movie Maker is ok but is a bit in need of a revamp.

  • sausage_party

    Well I still can’t block people on Windows Live Messenger… grr

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      Everything’s more web based in Windows Live now… Just unfriend them and they won’t be able to chat to you, and you won’t be able to chat to them…

      There are no complex Messenger friends and Profile friends anymore…

    • sausage_party

      The people spamming me aren’t on my list – it’s just random junk that gets through almost on a daily basis. If you log-in Live Hotmail and use their messenger, you have the ability to still block… as well as the Mac version of Windows Live Messenger. You can check out online, this is a known issue that made a lot of people upset. You should, like you said, be able to only receive messages from people on your list.. but that’s not the case.

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      Everything’s more web based in Windows Live now… Just unfriend them and they won’t be able to chat to you, and you won’t be able to chat to them…

      There are no complex Messenger friends and Profile friends anymore…

  • Meekermoloko

    A problem that I have with Windows Live Mail (that other people have as well) … is that sometimes the top and sides around the program go completely black … making it basically useless until I close and reload Live Mail.

    It seems to occur when switching from Hotmail to Gmail every so often.  Some said that it could be my Nvidia 8500 card, but I dunno … it seemed to start happening fairly recently and getting worse the more mail I get.  I hope that gets fixed with this update.

    • Grannyville7989

      I believe I get that problem every once in a while. I’m running a Nvidia 240GT card but I don’t know if that makes any difference.

    • http://profiles.google.com/matthew.weihl Matthew Weihl

      Yes, Live Mail is very buggy and slow (remember its running on the same codebase that dates back to the 90s with Outlook Express).

  • werq

    They did not fix the problem with the crop funktion in the german version. you can only crop pictures by using the manual mode. fixed proportions still don’t work.
    The Slideshow still does not show the whole picture but cuts off the upper and lower border. There is no way to change this by any settings.
    Very sad – not a good work, Microsoft

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Got the update… but still no Hotmail alias email alerts for when we recieve new mail… :-(

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    Got the update… but still no Hotmail alias email alerts for when we recieve new mail… :-(