Microsoft releases Windows Live Essentials 2011 [FREE]

Today, Microsoft has released its Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite.  This is the suite that includes software like Windows Live Messenger, Movie Maker, Writer (blogging tool), Mail, Photo Gallery, Family Safety, Live Mesh (PC-sync tool formerly known as Live Sync), Office Live ad-in, Silverlight and more.

Like always, there is a single installer for all of these programs but you can choose which ones you want to install so you aren’t stuck with a bunch of software you won’t use.  For an idea of what to expect with the latest version of Windows Live Messenger (which I have been using for a while), check out my post a while back on the beta of the new version of Live Messenger.

I recommend checking out the suite as the latest versions of the software have some nice new features.  Also, if you are looking for a desktop client to do your blogging, Writer does a great job unless you are like me and have some special WordPress plugins that you are dependent on.