A (new?) home for Windows Live plugins: plugins.live.com

By Kip Kniskern | In News, Timeline | Posted December 13, 2010 9 comments

Good news for Windows Live users, and Windows Live plugin writers, a new page, apparently a replacement for Windows Live Gallery (gallery.live.com) has appeared, at http://plugins.live.com.  The new page will serve as a host for plugins for Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Movie Maker, and Windows Live Writer:

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Last August, a blog post from Aaron Bregel, a test lead for Windows Live Writer, announced that plugins would have to be moved off of Gallery.  At that time, Bregel laid out a series of steps for plugin developers (like our own Scott Lovegrove) to host their plugins on their own SkyDrive folders, and provide a link to Windows Live Writer, who would then promote the plugins on “a public page”.

That process has changed somewhat apparently, according to the “Developer Information” page on Plugins.Live.com.  Instead of having to host the plugin files themselves, developers now have the choice of emailing the .msi files to Windows Live, who will then host and promote the plugins (or developers can choose to continue to self-host on SkyDrive and just send a link.  The developer page has more information on the particulars of how to get your plugins listed.

Plugins.live.com currently lists 11 Windows Live Photo Gallery plugins, 3 for Movie Maker, and 177 for Windows Live Writer.  To be honest we’re not exactly sure how long this page has been active (we hadn’t noticed any postings about plugins at all after the Aaron Bregel post in August), but sharp-eyed blogger and LiveSide friend Vasudev noticed it and posted today, thanks for the heads up!

Posted December 13th, 2010 at 8:44 pm
  • Vasudev

    Thanks kip! I also first thought it to be revamped but its a new site, so changed the heading. It’ll be nice that these great plug-ins gets a new clean , easy home , will be easier & better than gallery.

  • Vasudev

    Thanks kip! I also first thought it to be revamped but its a new site, so changed the heading. It’ll be nice that these great plug-ins gets a new clean , easy home , will be easier & better than gallery.

  • Vasudev

    Its launched today only !

  • Vasudev

    Its launched today only !

  • Damaster – LiveSide.net

    Windows Live Gallery (http://gallery.live.com) now only contains Windows Vista/7 Sidebar and SideShow gadgets. All other content has been either removed or migrated, let’s take a look at the fate of each one:
    – Live.com, Spaces and Events web gadgets have been removed as these services are discontinued
    – Live.com collections have also been removed as this service is discontinued
    – Windows Live Toolbar custom buttons have been removed as this product has been discontinued
    – Live Search macros have been removed as Bing no longer supports search macros
    – Windows Live Agents have been removed as it has been discontinued
    – Windows Live Messenger emoticons, winks and display pictures are now outsourced to other services like Quebles or WeeMee. In fact, emoticons and display pictures can be found just by a simple search these days.
    – Windows Live Writer plug-ins have now been relocated to http://plugins.live.com
    – Windows Search add-ins have been replaced by Windows 7 Search Federation Connectors (a list can be found at http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/742-windows-7-federated-search-providers.html)

  • damaster

    Windows Live Gallery (http://gallery.live.com) now only contains Windows Vista/7 Sidebar and SideShow gadgets. All other content has been either removed or migrated, let’s take a look at the fate of each one:
    – Live.com, Spaces and Events web gadgets have been removed as these services are discontinued
    – Live.com collections have also been removed as this service is discontinued
    – Windows Live Toolbar custom buttons have been removed as this product has been discontinued
    – Live Search macros have been removed as Bing no longer supports search macros
    – Windows Live Agents have been removed as it has been discontinued
    – Windows Live Messenger emoticons, winks and display pictures are now outsourced to other services like Quebles or WeeMee. In fact, emoticons and display pictures can be found just by a simple search these days.
    – Windows Live Writer plug-ins have now been relocated to http://plugins.live.com
    – Windows Search add-ins have been replaced by Windows 7 Search Federation Connectors (a list can be found at http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/742-windows-7-federated-search-providers.html)

  • http://www.lehsys.com lehenryjr

    It actually launched on on November 30th… the debut was less than stellar.
    http://www.lehsys.com/2010/11/windows-live-writer-2011-new-plug-in-website-launched/

    It’s a complete mess in execution.
    Then, and now.

    Until next time,
    Larry Henry Jr.

  • http://www.LEHSYS.com/ Larry Henry Jr.

    It actually launched on on November 30th… the debut was less than stellar.
    http://www.lehsys.com/2010/11/windows-live-writer-2011-new-plug-in-website-launched/

    It’s a complete mess in execution.
    Then, and now.

    Until next time,
    Larry Henry Jr.

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