If you’re using Windows Live Essentials on Windows Vista or Windows 7 and have Microsoft Update turned on
, you’ll see an optional update this week in all 48 languages where Windows Live Essentials 2011 is available.
After launching Windows Live Essentials 2011 last fall, we’ve been closely watching incoming data, monitoring the quality of service, and listening to the issues you were reporting. This update, called QFE1, primarily addresses the top quality-related issues that impact a large number of our customers. (QFE stands for Quick Fix Engineering.) Specifically:
This update to Windows Live Essentials 2011
- In Messenger, we fixed a couple of issues where in some cases you could not re-establish video calls or file sharing activities after losing your network connection. Also, sometimes your status messages and display picture were not synchronizing correctly between PCs, so you’d see a notification that changes made would not be seen on other computers. We also made various performance and stability improvements.
- In Photo Gallery, we made a design change so that geotagging no longer overwrites GPS coordinates in image files.
- We corrected various problems with language translation.
has been available for download since December 2, 2010. We decided to make this update available through Microsoft Update to bring it to the attention of more of our customers. If you downloaded Windows Live Essentials 2011 prior to December 2nd or bought a PC with Windows Live Essentials 2011 preinstalled, we recommend that you install this update.
This optional update will download a package that only includes the new changes from the originally released version. You won’t have to go through the entire setup for Windows Live Essentials. You may, however, need to reboot your computer after installation is complete. If you start a new installation, or upgrade to Windows Live Essentials 2011 today, your installation will include QFE1.
You can check to see if you have QFE1 installed by looking at the version number in the About dialog for Messenger or Windows Live Photo Gallery. If your version number is 15.4.3508.1109, you’re running the latest and greatest released build. If you’re running version 15.4.3502.0922, we highly recommend that you install this update.
Thank you for using Windows Live and letting us know what you think of it. Your feedback helps to improve our products and make them better.
Arthur de Haan
Vice President, Windows Live Test and Systems Engineering