Download your local version of Windows Live Essentials 2011


I installed the beta version earlier this week, but just today Microsoft has made the final version available to the general public : Windows Live Essentials 2011 is available. I’m not going to discuss the new features with you, there are enough website who will do that….like the one were I found out that Essentials 2011 went live,

When I tried to visit the Dutch page (stupid me, my IE language settings were set to Dutch) the 2011 version wasn’t available yet. One of my friends went to (on my advise) and installed Live Essentials, when he rebooted his machine (he is not a real IT guy) he still had installed the current version….

So for all you guys all over the world…..check out the direct download links to your local Windows Live Essentials 2011 version:

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Windows Live Wave 4 : Live Movie Maker (Finally!)


Today Microsoft released their 4th wave of Windows Live products. And especially Windows Live Movie Maker, the program I was waiting for! Ever since I’ve been married  (it’s almost a year ago) and I would like to start editing our wedding/honeymoon video I’ve been struggling with the slow performance issues while editing M2TS (AVCHD) video content with the available video editing applications This was the only reason for my to try to install OS X on my Intel machine. It was workable, but it’s not the best solution. I think there could be 2 possible solutions :

  1. Buy a ‘real’ Mac to edit Full HD video;
  2. Find the right Windows-based solution to edit Full HD video.


Until now even I, as a real die-hard Windows fan, would go for option 1. But just a few hours ago Microsoft released the new version of Windows Live Movie Maker…with Full HD Support!!

For know the application isn’t available via the ‘normal’ Windows Live Download pages (, but when you go to you are able to download the new version. When installing it just looks if it also updates the other installed Windows Live applications, but I can’t tell for sure!


In this new version it’s possible to import (HD) content from the most known video formats (m2ts, mkv, mpg, vob, dvr-ms, wtv, mov, mp4, m2v, qt, wm) and you can export your created movie ith a easy click to 1080/720P WMV HD format a video for you mobile device or a format you can e-mail, or you can upload it to YouTube. You can add more publishing plugins online.


Visit the Windows Live Movie Maker Homepage, or download the application.

Fixed Live.Everything


Back in 2007 I created a page on which you could register an e-mailbox with one of the many Live domains. Now, almost 1 1/2 years later the ‘original’ links doesn’t seem to work anymore (Thanks Jay!). So I decided to fix all the links at the Create @Live.** Mailbox page.

If you want to create your own Live e-mailbox with an extension other than the one in your own country, you can use one of the links on the Create @Live.** Mailbox  page. Please let me know if a link isn’t working (just leave a comment), and I will fix it (again).

The original links were quiet easy to figure out. It was a whole job to search for all the different country registration url’s, but I found them. They were in the format :[language-code]/mail/overview, but since some time this format forwards you to the download page.

Today I fixed all the links and they’re now in the following format :[language-code]

If you are aware of a Country that’s not yet in my lits, please let me know so I can add it to the list.

New Windows Live Translator implemented


Since a couple of weeks the new Windows Live Translator widget is available, at least if you’re invited. Today I received my invitation by e-mail so even my dad can read my blog (his English isn’t that good :-)).

I was using the old Live translator widget for quite sometime now, but that widget opened a new browser window. The new Windows Live Translator does an instant-translation, so there’s no need to open a new browser. This makes it a lot more visitor friendly!

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.1 Beta


Microsoft updated their Office Outlook Connector (where I blogged about almost one year ago, it’s in Dutch btw), thanks Steven for blogging about it.

With Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!

With Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!
Outlook Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:

  • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
  • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail.
  • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
  • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.
  • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook.

Note to Premium Subscribers: The Outlook Connector will automatically upgrade your MSN Calendar to the new Windows Live Calendar beta. Once upgraded to Windows Live Calendar, you will be able to synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Outlook! You will no longer be able to access MSN Calendar.

Download Microsoft Office Outlook Connectror 12.1 Beta

How-To : Change your Windows Live ID and keep your Messenger Contact list


It doesn’t happen very often, but it’s good to know that it’s possible : Changing you’re Windows Live Messenger e-mail address without having to tell all your contacts that you’re going to change the address.

Let’s say I want to change the Windows Live ID I use for Windows Live Messenger, but I don’t want to e-mail everybody my new Messenger address. In this example my current Messenger address is and the address I’m going to use is .

Below I will describe the steps you will have to take to change you’re Live Messenger e-mailaddress and update your contacts automatically (updating your contacts can take 48 hours to complete).

Step 1 : Log on to with you’re current Windows Live ID ( in this example)

Step 2 : Click on the Change button next to your current Windows Live ID (see picture below)


Step 3 : In the password field you have to enter the password for your current Windows Live ID ().

Step 4 : At Change your Windows Live ID select the appropriate radio button and enter your new Windows Live ID ( in my example) and click Save.

You’re all set and within the next 48 hours you’re Windows Live ID will automatically be updated in contact lists of you’re messenger friends.

Live Messenger v9 Beta now Available


Windows messenger Beta V9 now avialable on line at Get Started If you’re new to Connect or to beta testing, check out the Getting Started guide and Beta FAQ. Next, read the Terms of Use and Release Notes. Downloading Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta indicates that you agree to the Terms of Use. You’re ready to go, click the Download link in the left nav pane to get the bits and start testing!

Submit Feedback After you have installed Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta, open and use the application as you normally would. As you run into problems or things that don’t seem to work the way you expect you should submit feedback. Make sure to check the Release Notes and feedback others have submitted before filing a new bug. Check back frequently for news and announcements, surveys, and other updates during the beta program. Thank you Thank you again for taking the time to participate in the Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Features (From the Microsoft Connect website):

  • Sign-in and messaging in multiple locations – You asked for it, now you have it! You can now sign into Messenger from more than one computer at a time, up to four at once. Simply sign into Messenger from one computer, install Messenger on another computer and sign in using the same account. (Only works if all computers are running Messenger 9.0 Beta. Currently enabled only for users whose Windows Live ID country is US or Canada.)
  • Signature sounds – Pick your own personal sound that your contacts will hear when you sign into Messenger (only works if you and your contacts have Messenger 9.0 Beta).
  • Per contact sounds – Pick unique sounds for each of your contacts. You will be able to tell from across the room who is sending you a message.
  • SPAM Reporting – If users send you unsolicited messages or invitations that you consider spam, you can block them and report them as spammers. If you report a user as a spammer, the messenger service will collect this data and put appropriate restrictions on the spammer accounts. All reports of spammers are kept confidential.
  • Animated Display Pictures – Show your moves! Messenger now supports animated .gif files as display pictures.
  • Link in Personal Status Message – URLs in Personal Status Messages are hot and clickable in the Messenger contact list.
  • Behind the Scenes Changes – Architectural changes that modified how things work but shouldn’t have changed how things look.
  • Changes to sign-in, connectivity, presence, sending text IM, voice & video features.
  • Windows Live Contacts Server – wlcomm.exe runs in the background to keep your contacts information up-to-date and helps Messenger sign you in faster.

Download Windows Live Messenger 9.0 beta

Windows Live Translator Beta

While searching for news about the @Live accounts I saw a (for me) new Live Service where I haven’t heard of before : Windows Live Translator.
On the website you can translate text in several languages (incl. Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanisch, Traditional and Simplified Chinese). The website even offers a plugin for your webpage so your page can instant be translated in the languages!

I’ll integrate the plugin in my website within the next few hours and I’m curious if i’ll get more visitors from Japan, Korea, Portugal, etc. 🙂

Windows Live Wave 2 Applications available for download

Nothing can stay quiet for long, thanks to Microsoft’s early preparations the Windows Live Wave 2 applications are available for download now!

Messenger is now 8.5.1302.1018 and Mail is now at 12.0.1606 . If you have any problems installing/upgrading from the betas, the following support article should help.

Download the new Windows Live Applications Installer (Downloads automatically the localized version)