The software update includes Bing Maps integration, improved video chat, facial recognition and integration with Microsoft Office.
The suite also provides tools for photo-editing and management, instant messaging, email and blogging, as well as Windows Live Mesh to help sync files and folders across PCs and Macs.
Mark West, product manager for Windows Live Essentials and Messenger, said, "We designed Windows Live Essentials 2011 to help consumers have a richer experience with the things they do most on their PCs."
"The combination of Windows plus Windows Live - and of course the latest Internet Explorer [IE9] beta - offers a complete Windows experience," added West.
Rob Bamforth, principal analyst at Quocirca, said, "Users will appreciate being able to group the multiple threads of their social fabric into one and then apply filters to ensure they are not overloaded with social content."