Microsoft details Windows Live Essentials 2011 QFE3 update changes

By damaster | Posted April 4, 2012 30 comments

Windows Live EssentialsMicrosoft released an update for Windows Live Essentials 2011 two weeks ago, bumping the version number to 15.4.3555.0308. However, as we mentioned in a follow-up post, the Windows Live team did not mention what was changed in this updated build, especially after almost 9 months of silence since the last update. Finally, thanks to the heads up from Picturepan2 @ LiveSino.net, a Microsoft representative has detailed what had been changed in the most recent update, dubbed “QFE3” (Quick Fix Engineering), on Microsoft Answers:

This update improves performance in Windows Live Essentials 2011. The following list describes these changes:

  1. Setup: During installation, the splash screen loads faster after user accepts UAC prompt.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

For those of you who may have forgotten, Microsoft released the original Windows Live Essentials 2011 on September 30, 2010, and subsequently released QFE1 back in December 2010, and QFE2 in July 2011, making this the third QFE update for the application suite.

All users using Windows Live Essentials 2009 and above (running on Windows Vista and above) will be prompted to upgrade. This update is optional initially, however will become compulsory after a period of time. 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

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 5:17 am
  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    I kinda liked the album view (not via web browser) from the Client, it was pretty awesome

    • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

      Exactly what I was going to mention. So, isn’t there a way to re-enable it?? :-(

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    I kinda liked the album view (not via web browser) from the Client, it was pretty awesome

    • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

      Exactly what I was going to mention. So, isn’t there a way to re-enable it?? :-(

  • JSYOUNG571

    Has anyone had an issue with Outlook connector since the update? Outlook has all of a sudden stopped allowing me to click on links or YouTube videos in emails.

    • James

      Hmm.. still works for me dude after the update.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Has anyone had an issue with Outlook connector since the update? Outlook has all of a sudden stopped allowing me to click on links or YouTube videos in emails.

    • James

      Hmm.. still works for me dude after the update.

  • Sascenter

    Huge changes. -.- But hey, at least it’s something, right?

  • Sascenter

    Huge changes. -.- But hey, at least it’s something, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=861135006 Nicholas Thompson

    I think they fixed a problem I had in Windows Live Mail where before if I dragged and dropped emails from Office365 account using IMAP to Storage Folders the server did not delete the moved emails. Now it seems to be OK. Anyone else spotted this? They don’t seem to have fixed the abysmally slow IMAP synching issues I’ve had for ages.

    • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

      Yup, IMAP syncing is still slow for me as well.

  • NJT

    I think they fixed a problem I had in Windows Live Mail where before if I dragged and dropped emails from Office365 account using IMAP to Storage Folders the server did not delete the moved emails. Now it seems to be OK. Anyone else spotted this? They don’t seem to have fixed the abysmally slow IMAP synching issues I’ve had for ages.

    • jvd897

      Yup, IMAP syncing is still slow for me as well.

  • frankwick

    too bad ‘real’ development has seemingly stopped.  I understand the essentials team has created some apps for Win8 but to be honest, most of the equivalent apps on Win8 stink.  They are no where nearly as capable as Essentials or the apps on Windows Phone (which are freakin’ fantastic).

    • http://jvd897.blogspot.com jvd897

      Let’s remember that the Windows 8 apps are “App Previews”: the final versions (RTM, etc) will be much more fully featured.

    • J A

      God, they still did not enable Movie maker to do video screen captures. Too bad.

  • frankwick

    too bad ‘real’ development has seemingly stopped.  I understand the essentials team has created some apps for Win8 but to be honest, most of the equivalent apps on Win8 stink.  They are no where nearly as capable as Essentials or the apps on Windows Phone (which are freakin’ fantastic).

    • jvd897

      Let’s remember that the Windows 8 apps are “App Previews”: the final versions (RTM, etc) will be much more fully featured.

    • techieg

      God, they still did not enable Movie maker to do video screen captures. Too bad.

  • SchranzHanz

    Hm… I wonder if they changed something in Live Mesh too, because after the update is installed, it re-scans all files (which took about 3 hours on my system!)

  • SchranzHanz

    Hm… I wonder if they changed something in Live Mesh too, because after the update is installed, it re-scans all files (which took about 3 hours on my system!)

  • markjonson

    This changelog is not complete. They fixed a bug in Live Mesh that I reported almost a year ago. While the turnaround time isn’t impressive, I couldn’t be happier that on Live Essential’s very last legs (likely its last release before being replaced) that a long outstanding bug is finally squashed. If you’re wondering what that bug was: when you would sync your “My Music” folder and Zune managed your music, many of the album art JPEG files would refuse to sync and build up in the list of Live Mesh’s files that are “waiting to sync.” That is now fixed and My Music syncs perfectly if you use Zune.

  • markjonson

    This changelog is not complete. They fixed a bug in Live Mesh that I reported almost a year ago. While the turnaround time isn’t impressive, I couldn’t be happier that on Live Essential’s very last legs (likely its last release before being replaced) that a long outstanding bug is finally squashed. If you’re wondering what that bug was: when you would sync your “My Music” folder and Zune managed your music, many of the album art JPEG files would refuse to sync and build up in the list of Live Mesh’s files that are “waiting to sync.” That is now fixed and My Music syncs perfectly if you use Zune.

  • http://www.libertyauctionhouse.com/ Liberty Auction House

    I cant get live mail to work correct since this change

  • http://www.libertyauctionhouse.com/ Liberty Auction House

    I cant get live mail to work correct since this change

  • Dawoodster2

    I have problems with Live Mail now, too, e.g., quick views no longer works correctly. Live mail has worked great for quite a while now, too bad MS has to mess with a good thing.

  • Dawoodster2

    I have problems with Live Mail now, too, e.g., quick views no longer works correctly. Live mail has worked great for quite a while now, too bad MS has to mess with a good thing.