Some good, some not so good Windows Live apps included within this suite
Platform: Windows 8 compatible, Windows 7, Windows 7 64-bit
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The Windows Essentials 2012 is a collection of useful programs. It consists of Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Family Safety and a toolbar.
Messenger can be used to send instant messages to other Windows Live users as well as playing online games with them and exchanging photos.
Longer messages are handled with Windows Live Mail that can be used to send emails from a Windows Live account or from other email providers. It has a column layout like Outlook and includes a calendar.
Live Writer is a blogging tool, which again can be used with a Windows Live blog or other blogs. It can download the blog theme for a proper preview of how the post will look. It makes adding images very easy as they can be simply pasted into the body of the blog post. It can add categories to posts and automatically send notifications of new blog posts to services like Technorati.
Photo Gallery can import photos and videos from digital cameras. They are organised by date and tags so they are always easy to find. Photos can be uploaded to the online album provided with a Windows Live account that has 25GB of space.
Movie maker can be used to edit home movies and create slide shows from photos. This is not available for Windows XP.
Family Safety can be used to limit searches and websites as well as who children can talk to online.
With this Windows Live Suite, you can now pick and choose the applications you want to install and the components will be downloaded from the Internet and installed to your computer. Some components, however, require a constant online broadband connection.
We also recommend signing up for a Windows Live account to get the most from these programs