Official word about the Wave 3 update

Yesterday we reported that there’s a QFE update to Windows Live Essentials. An official word about it appeared on Inside Windows Live:

Today we released an optional update for Wave 3 of the Windows Live Essentials suite in all 48 languages. This is a minor release that updates Windows Live Messenger, Mail, Family Safety, and Sync. You can install it from, or through Microsoft Update as an optional update. While this is our last planned update for Wave 3, we will continue to support this release for the foreseeable future as it will be the last version that supports Windows XP.

This is a minor release with a small set of targeted bug fixes and minor changes. Even though most users will not run into the issues we addressed, we felt they were important to fix. This update also contains a small set of changes to ensure that Essentials supports new advances coming in Wave 4.

Rest assured, we’re continuing to work hard on Wave 4 and are in the final stretches. This update is a first and important step in that direction.

The recommended ways of installing this update are mentioned above. Should you need/want direct links to the msi files or need more help installing/uninstalling Windows Live 2009 (Wave 3) QFE 3 applications, check out this post by Jonathan Kay.