Windows Live Essentials 2012 – R.I.P.

[German]Windows Live Essentials 2012 will be retired at January 10, 2017, because the end of live has been reached.


Windows Live Essentials is a suite containing several programs Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Live Photo Gallery etc. Microsoft Windows Live Essentials has been available for free in several versions 2009, 2011, 2012. Especially  Windows Live Mail has been rather popular in Windows 7, because Microsoft didn't ships a Mail client. Also Movie Maker has been the first choice for several video enthusiasts. I'm using Windows Live Writer to create my blog posts.

But since Windows Live Essentials 2012 release, the development has been frozen Windows Live Writer has been released as Open Source. Now some US tech sites pointing out, that Windows Live Essentials will be discontinued from January 2017 (see release notes on this Microsoft site). After January 10, 2017 Windows Live Essentials 2012 web installer download will be removed. So users can't install Windows Live Essentials 2012 anymore. Already installed modules are still working after that date.

My tip: If you plan to use Windows Live Essentials 2012 after January 2017, download the standalone full installer wlsetup-all.exe from here (see also Scott Hanselmann's blog post here).

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