Microsoft will pull the plug on popular Windows Live Mail and Movie Maker tomorrow

Posted 09 January 2017 17:57 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Tomorrow Microsoft will end the support of popular applications such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer and Photo Gallery. They are part of Windows Essentials of which the software giant already announced it would reach end of support on January 10, 2017.

Ending support of the software means it will no longer receive security updates. This makes the software more vulnerable to malware and other attacks in the future. Microsoft will also remove the possibility to download the software from its website, but Windows Essentials will continue to work for current users.

While the software was already no longer officially supported under Windows 10,  it was still possible to use applications like Windows Live Mail and Windows Movie Maker on Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Windows Essentials, or officially Windows Live Essentials 2012, also contained Photo Gallery,  OneDrive and Windows Live Writer.

For Windows Live Mail and Photo Gallery,  Microsoft recommends the built in Windows 10 apps Mail and Photos. Movie Maker will become available in the Windows Store and Live Writer has become open source as Open Live Writer. OneDrive remains a separate application.

Microsoft previously tried to discourage the use of Windows Live Mail. In May last year the company removed the integration with Hotmail and accounts. The mail application can still send and receive mails through POP3 and IMAP servers and will continue to do so, even now it’s no longer supported.

The last version of the Windows Essentials Suite is 2012, earlier Microsoft also released Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows Vista and Windows Live Essentials 2009 for Windows XP.

Posted on: 09 Jan 17 17:15
I'm not sure any of these will be missed, though I have known a few people to use Movie Maker in the past, since it was occasionally useful. Is it still going to be free at the Windows Store?

Come to think of it, I haven't heard of anyone actually looking for software at the Windows Store in quite a while. I have to wonder how many dozen people still visit their site, and why.
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Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 09 Jan 17 19:27
I loved Window Live Mail and Calender in Windows 10, I will miss it
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MyCE Member
Posted on: 09 Jan 17 21:59
I loved Windows (NOT LIVE) Mail from Vista, too. Only thing good about Vista. Didn't do me any good, though. The Lord Microsoft giveth and taketh away!
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Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 10 Jan 17 13:24
I like Windows Live Mail too and still use it under Windows 10.

Looks like I'll have to switch yet again!

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MyCE Resident
Posted on: 13 Jan 17 21:00
I could never tell the difference between Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, and Outlook Express. I used to like Outlook Express, but lately, I'm only using Thunderbird on my desktop and K9 Mail on my phone.
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