Posted by: kurtsh | August 16, 2012

RELEASE: Windows Essentials 2012

imageToday we’re happy to announce new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

We’ve added a few new capabilities while also taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are two essential Windows applications hundreds of millions of people have come to rely on for making the most of your photos and videos. And with this release, we’ve given you a few more reasons to enjoy them even more.

      • Built-in video stablization
      • Legal-integration of music soundtracks
      • Music narration & other audio controls
      • Improved visibility of text effects
      • H.264 encoding by default
      • Built-in Auto Collage
      • Direct-to-Vimeo publishing
      • Automated cloud backup and synchronization of documents and personal files – up to 5GB of storage free (more available for a fee)

And of course Windows Essentials continues to include:

  • Windows Live Mail
  • Windows Live Family Safety
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Outlook Connector Pack

Windows Essentials 2012 will uninstall Live Mesh and replace it with Skydrive.  The differences between the two technologies is documented in this article.  If you don’t want this (or need to reinstall Live Mesh) you can download the OLDER Windows Live Essentials 2011 at

DOWNLOAD: Windows Essentials 2012


Original post:
BLOG: Introducing the New Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker


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