Microsoft’s Free Windows Live Software & Resources

Microsoft’s Windows Live Services provides users a free method to connect and share. Together with the programs listed below, Microsoft makes it easy to work seamlessly between your desktop computers, mobile devices and web.

Windows Live Essentials 2011 Do more with Windows on your PC with free programs from Microsoft for photos, movies, instant messaging, email, social networking, and more. Get it all in one simple download here –> Windows Live Essentials 2011

Windows Live for Windows Phones:

–> Download Windows Live for Windows PhoneNon-Touch Mobile Device (Download from Desktop)
–> Download Windows Live for Windows PhoneTouch Mobile Device (Download from Desktop)
–> Download Windows Live for Windows Phone Touch & Non-Touch Mobile Devices Download from Mobile Device)
BuddyFuse Web Messenger – Azure web hosted version of Windows Live Messenger
Family Safety helps keep your kids safer online. With Family Safety, you decide how your kids experience the Internet. You can block or allow certain websites and contacts, and monitor where your kids are going online.
Games for Windows Live v2.0Installs the Games for Windows desktop client package:
    • LIVE Redistributable that enables the in-game Games for Windows
    • LIVE experience as well as the Games for Windows
    • LIVE Client that enables the out-of-game experience, including Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace
    1. Log in to your Windows Live account (your Zune account must use the same Windows Live ID as your Windows Live account).
    2. Click “Add Zune.”
Live Services Plug-in for MoodleMoodle site administrators can now include Microsoft Live Services in the list of features provided to teachers and students through Moodle. With the Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle, students and teachers can use their Windows Live IDs to sign in to Moodle and access Live Services, such as e-mail, instant messenger, and calendar without leaving Moodle.
Microsoft Office Outlook Connector uses Outlook to access and manage Windows Live Hotmail & Office Live Mail accounts, including email messages, calendar and contacts.
Seadragon shares any image on the web as a zoomable photo. Point Seadragon at any image you’ve got on the web, and you’ve got a zoomable viewer. Share the link on Facebook, Twitter, or through email or IM. Or embed it directly on your blog, eBay listing or virtually any site.
Seasonal Signatures – Hotmail Signature: Stay in season this year with Hotmail signatures for Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Web Activites – When you add web activities to Windows Live and make updates to places like Facebook, Flickr, and Pandora, the “What’s New” feed will let your friends know right from in Hotmail and Messenger.
Windows Experience Pack – Pick a specific destination (i.e. beach, mountain, safari, or city) and install Windows Live Messenger elements (i.e. Display Pictures, Emoticons, Backgrounds, & Screensavers).
Windows Live 2008 Email & IM working seamlessly using PCs, mobile phones, or handhelds. Organize, edit, and share photos easily & creatively. Protect kids by managing their Web access.
Windows Live Mail accesses multiple email accounts — even Yahoo! Premium & Gmail.
Windows Live Messenger connect with friends & family via text, voice, & video. Send text to mobile phones or handhelds.  (Windows Live Web Messenger)
    • Amigos 25 “friendly” emoticons
    • Arabia Eid al-Adha “Holiday” emoticons
    • Digital Effects produces special effects for video communication by selecting 3-D costumes or other digital effects in a pop-up window (or blur the background of photos to protect privacy). 
    • Encarta Bot retrieves quick answers through a natural language interface. It also interacts with the Encarta website in the activity window to display a deeper rendition of the answer provided by Encarta.
    • Facebook contacts Facebook friends
    • Fun Family 30 cool emoticons
    • Glassy Aliens – Messenger Emoticons
    • “I’m a PC” Messenger Theme Pack
    • Messenger 10-Year Anniversary Theme Pack (Download or Web Install) Celebrate a decade of chatting and sharing with free winks, emoticons, and more.
    • Messenger Central home for all Windows Live Messenger related content
    • Messenger Companion See and comment on links your friends have shared as you visit websites in Internet Explorer.
    • Mini-Me – Create your own Windows Live Messenger Emoticon character, or choose one from Microsoft’s “Celebrity Gallery”
    • MovieScout finds movies playing at your local movie theater
    • Robot Chicken – Messenger Wink
    • Superheroes 30 brave emoticons!
    • T-Bot (Language translation Bot) simply add to your contacts and invite Tbot to your conversations.
    • Year-round Backgrounds – Messenger Background
Windows Live Movie Makercreate and share exciting movies of your memories with just a few clicks. Arrange photos and video clips by dragging and dropping, add a soundtrack, and preview you changes instantly, then publish your movie to most popular video sites.
Windows Live Photo Gallery Upload creative photo slideshows, or create a cool panoramic view by combining multiple photos. Enhance photos by adjusting color, exposure, simple crop, & red-eye fixes.
Windows Live Movie Maker Beta and Windows Live Photo Gallery Plug-ins:
    • DRUPAL: Drupal Publisher posts your photos on a Drupal web site. (TechNet Recommended)
    • FACEBOOK: LiveUpload to Facebook plug-in makes it easy to upload photos to Facebook.
    • INKUBOOK plug-in lets you easily create professional-quality photo books from the Inkubook book manufacturer.

    • PICASA: Picasa Web Publisher plugin publishes photos to your Picasa Web account. (TechNet Recommended)
    • SMUGMUG: Publish on SmugMug plug-in supports publishing photos and video to the photo sharing site SmugMug. (TechNet Recommended)
    • YOUTUBE: LiveUpload to YouTube plug-in makes it easy to upload videos straight to YouTube. 
Windows Live PlanetMatch n Make New Friends using your existing Gmail, Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo, Windows Live ID, or any other ID!

Windows Live Sign-in Assistant includes client libraries that let you sign in to programs like Windows Live Messenger.

Windows Live Services SDK are a set of building blocks within the Azure Services Platform for handling user data and application resources which can connect your application to hundreds of millions of users and devices.
Windows Live Toolbar Search from any Web page; highlight text such as an address or phone number, smart menus automatically appear. With one click, map all of the addresses on the viewed web page.
Windows Live Writer 2011 publishes rich content to blog services (i.e. Live Spaces, SharePoint, WordPress, Blogger).  (Windows Live Writer Configuration File)
Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer Plugins:
    • Amazon S3 Browser – Amazon S3 storage browser for uploading/inserting binary data links/images) into a Writer post or page.
    • is a plugin that enables you to automatically change the links and URLs into links. A account is optional. shortens your URLs so they use less space and that speeds up that ultimately shortens the download speed of your blog/web site. Having a account allows you to track your links and see their usage statistics as well. See what web page your link is currently on, how many people clicked on it, and where they were referred from when it was clicked.
    • (Delicious) Bookmarks2LiveWriter plug-in generates a blog entry with your Delicious bookmarks automatically. You can set a date filter for your bookmarks, and use the results preview to format your links before inserting them to your blog.
    • Code Colorizer plug-in provides the means to insert and colorize source code.

    • Digg This – Automatically adds a DiggThis badge to your blog post after you publish it from Writer.
    • Facebook Like Button adds Facebook’s Like Button. (More Info)
    • Flickr4Writer Plugin enables interaction with the Flickr services. You can browse by tags, photosets, or a simple photostream. After browsing, the plugin enables inserting the image reference into a post.
    • Flickr UploadUploads an image to your Flickr account and inserts an inline picture into your post.
    • Blog This for Firefox adds a button to Firefox which starts a new Windows Live Writer blog post prepopulated with content and title from the current web page.
    • Event Plugin – Create your own events or find existing events through intergrated search of the website.
    • Google Buzz Live Writer Plug-in is similar to the Tweetmeme Plug-in (below), the Google Buzz Plug-in inserts a Buzz Icon at a located based upon your setup options. (From MSDN)
    • Insert Formatted Clipboard will paste rich content from the clipboard into Windows Live Writter without stripping all text formatting into plain text.
    • Insert MSN, Yahoo and Custom Smileys Plugin can insert Yahoo, Yahoo Hidden, MSN and other custom smileys/pictures of your choice.
    • Lightbox – not a plug-in, but instructions on how to use Live Writer’s built-in features to overlay images (thumbnails) via the Lightbox service.
    • Paste As Plugin makes it easier to copy formatted HTML and paste it into a WLW post as plain text. Another benefit is making it easier to paste raw HTML snips into a WLW post.
    • Picasa Plugin allows you to embed photos from your Picasa Web Albums into your blog posts with only a few clicks.
    • Quote of the day gives you an option to select the Quote of the day from two RSS feeds.
    • SmugMug To Live Writer allows the user to select pictures from their SmugMug galleries and insert them into their blog.
    • Social Bookmarking Tags inserts Social bookmarks from tonnes of sites including Social, Expression, MSDN, Technet, Digg, Dotnetkicks.
    • TweetMeme Plug-in automatically adds the TweetMeme button to your blog posts. (Recommended: MSDN)
    • Twitter Notify –  Automatically generates a TinyURL and sends a Tweet about your blog post after you publish it from Writer.  (Additional Info: Using Alternative URL Shorteners with Twitter Notify)
    • Twitter Blackbird Pie Live Writer Plug-in inserts a twitter quote from the new Twitter service Blackbird Pie. (From MSDN)
    • Writerous Live Writer Plug-in allows the user to create their post in Live Writer and then publish to (From MSDN)
Theme Fixer resolves the problem when “Windows Live Writer cannot detect a blog theme or it incorrectly detects a user’s theme.” (Recommended: MSDN)
WLWBackup is a backup utility for Windows Live Writer; including blog settings, posts and plugins. (Recommended: MSDN)
Windows Live Messenger Connector displays a quick view of related Outlook content when you click on an email from a contact, such as recent e-mail conversations, meetings, and shared attachments to allows you to connect your Windows Live ID to the Outlook Social Connector and obtain information about your friends and colleagues. You can see status updates and recently posted files from your Windows Live contacts.
You can also use Outlook Social Connector to display a quick view of related Outlook content when you click on an email from a contact, such as recent e-mail conversations, meetings, and shared attachments to help you easily track your communications.
Live Framework Software Development Kit (SDK) includes API kits, documentation, tools, and code samples to help you start building applications using Live Services.
Live Services Jumpstart Training are level 300-400 in-depth technical sessions, hands-on labs and informal Q&As presented by Microsoft’s top engineers and web development experts. Through this virtual event site, you can continue to access this training, including presentations and session recordings, on demand.
Windows Live Messenger Web Toolkit enables developers to integrate and enrich their Web-based applications with Windows Live Messenger. With the Windows Live Messenger Web Toolkit, you will get instant access to:
    • Real-time presence and communications
    • Contact relationships
    • Rich profile data 
Windows Live Software Development Kit (SDK) is a collection of libraries and other resources that you use to develop applications that interact with Windows Live.  (More Info: Dev.Live.COM)

About blakehandler

BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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4 Responses to Microsoft’s Free Windows Live Software & Resources

  1. Gurukant Desai says:


  2. Srinivasan says:

    Super cool links. Thank you very much, Blake.

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