Following, March 25 release of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 v15.4.3555.0308, a Microsoft representative has detailed what had been changed in the most recent update, dubbed "QFE3" (Quick Fix Engineering), on Microsoft Answers:
"This update will upgrade customers with Windows Live Essentials 2009 Vista sp2 and higher to Windows Live Essentials 2011," the exec said.
The following list describes the changes:
- Setup: During installation, the splash screen loads faster after user accepts UAC prompt.
- Windows Live Mail: When users click on photos within Windows Live Mail that are hosted on SkyDrive or Facebook, instead of using the Client Album Viewer to view the photos, a browser opens the web album viewer for that application.
- Windows Live Messenger: Fixes the Messenger sign-in error "0x84cb000c" and the Messenger crash or hang when accepting/declining a pending invitation. When users click on photos that are hosted on SkyDrive or Facebook, instead of using the Client Album Viewer to view the photos, a browser opens the web album viewer for that application.
- Windows Live Movie Maker: Fixes error "80004003" where Windows Live Movie Maker can't open project files. Fixes setup failure error "80040705" and error "87260103" for when Movie Maker becomes unresponsive, hangs when adding WMV video files.
- Windows Live Photo Gallery: Microsoft updated authorization method required to publish to Flickr and Facebook. Microsoft updated authorization method to communicate with Bing Maps services for geo-tagging.
The update is initially optional for a short time, after that initial offering, the update will be required which means the update will need to be installed to continue using Windows Live Essentials applications.
"For the optional update, you can ignore the dialog and continue using any currently running Windows Live Essentials applications; these applications will not be blocked by the update. And, for the mandatory update, Windows Live Essentials users will be required to update their current versions. Canceling the update request will continue to block the applications from launching, but running applications will not be blocked," explains the exec.
This update will upgrade customers with Windows Live Essentials 2009 Vista sp2 and higher to Windows Live Essentials 2011. Users of Windows Live Essentials 2009 on Windows XP are not affected.
You can get the update now by visiting: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/essentials-home