Farewell, Windows Live Essentials
13 May 2010 was a special day for Windows Live Essentials. In this day, Microsoft released the last update to Windows Live Essentials wave 3.
However, on this same day, I finally decommissioned Windows Live Essentials and uninstalled it from my computer.
I was one of the beta testers of the earliest versions of Windows Live desktop products as well as its web services. Even after the initial release, I kept my stream of feedbacks to Windows Live team going, just as they ask us to do in their blog. However, my overall experience with Windows Live desktop software and Windows Live Essentials was a poor one. I am of the opinion that Windows Live Essentials is a mediocre suite of software that can hardly compete with equivalent free counterparts; although Windows Live Messenger, the instant-messaging component of Windows Live Essentials is an exception.
In my case, it was Mozilla Thunderbird 3 that delivered the crushing blow to Windows Live Essentials: Windows Live Mail, a desktop e-mail reader, was my primary reason for installing Windows Live Essentials. It was rife with numerous bugs. Although I reported every one of them to Windows Live Support team, their response was far less than satisfactory. Support case SRX1100325582ID was indeed a memorable one. Mozilla Thunderbird 3, however, not only relieved me of all those bugs, but also offered me extensibility. It is worth mentioning that Windows Live Mail violates all of Microsoft guidelines and best practices for developing high-quality applications, including but not limited to UXGuide.
As for the other members of the suite, Windows Live Writer soon lost its appeal since it creates blog contents that are inconsistent with those created by the web interface of Windows Live Spaces. Windows Live Messenger is very appealing, although I do not have the luxury of using it. Windows Live Photo Gallery is also rife with various bugs. When I submitted one of those bugs to Windows Live Support team (SRX1069335231ID), they told me to contact Windows Live Support team! I found Windows Live Toolbar slightly useful; however, I’d never install it when I have the alternative of navigating to home.live.com in a web browser and getting the same thing! I never got to know Windows Live Family since I was using Kaspersky Internet Security at time. Finally, Windows Live Movie Maker has never been available to %65 of Microsoft Windows customers, (including me,) namely the users of Windows XP! Not that I ever miss it…
Microsoft says the next version of Windows Live will not be available on Windows XP. Well… I say “Thanks Microsoft. We are relieved!”