Windows Live Essentials is a multi products pack for Windows which include Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, Mail, Windows Live Writer and many other applications. Microsoft has released an updated pack named Windows Essentials 2012 windows including the “Live” branding that it use to include in older versions.
The new pack also has the new SkyDrive app that was recently launched. SkyDrive is the Cloud storage provided free by Microsoft with every Hotmail, live and outlook account. For earlier users it was 25 GB but they have now decreased it to 7 GB for new users. Movie Maker and the Photo Gallery app are also upgraded. The most amazing feature in Movie Maker that came with Windows Essentials 2012 is the ability to add royalty free soundtracks via web to your own videos. Movie Maker is now hardware accelerated too, so you can now get more output and better performance.
The pack is available via the web (online) installer and the offline installer. Web installer will download whole of the package every time you try to install it, but you can choose which components you wish to download. On the other hand, in offline installer whole of the pack will be downloaded and you can install that as many times as you want and on any number of computers without eating up your bandwidth.
REMEMBER The pack works on both Windows 7 and Windows 8.