I received this update from the MVP Program – thank you Simran Chaudhry and Ljupco Grmaskoski the Canadian MVP leads. I also interviewed Dharmesh Mehta, Director Windows and Windows Live Division, Microsoft Corp, on Windows Live and all the great new benefits.

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We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download! Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect your PC to the services you use every day.

Designed for Windows 7

Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed from the ground up for Windows 7. You can pin your applications to the taskbar and use jump lists to quickly get to common tasks. The ribbon brings common tasks to the front, letting you filter photos, change your font, or publish to your favorite services in a single click.  For parents, Windows Live Family Safety gives you the tools to help keep your kids safer on the Internet.  If you have more than one PC, or a PC and a Mac, Windows Live Mesh helps you sync your files and folders across your PCs and connect back to your PC from virtually anywhere.

Connected to the services you use every day

Windows Live connects your Windows PC to the services you use every day. Use Window Live Photo Gallery to share photos with your friends on SkyDrive, Flickr, SmugMug, Facebook, and more.  Create a video using Windows Live Movie Maker and instantly publish it to YouTube.  Stay in touch with your friends on Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace using the new Windows Live Messenger, now with HD video.  Use Windows Live Writer to update your blog on Wordpress.com, Blogger, TypePad, and many more blogging services.  Use Windows Live Mail to keep track of your email from Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, and more.

Regards,

Stephen Ibaraki