Windows Live Essentials 2012  err! Windows Essentials 2012 has been released by Microsoft with inclusion of new versions of Windows Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows Essentials 2012 includes SkyDrive app for Windows, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Family Safety, Windows Live Writer, Outlook Connector Pack, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker.

Don’t Install Movie Maker or Photo Gallery in Windows Essentials 2012 if you’re using Live Mesh

If you’ve Windows Live Mesh installed on your Computer you’re warned not to install New Movie Maker or Photo Gallery as part of Windows Essentials 2012 because here Live Mesh will be removed and in place of it new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery will be installed. You should note that both Windows Essentials 2012 and Live Mesh can’t run on same machine.

What about Windows Live Writer 12 ?

Windows Live Writer got an update, we don’t know the changes yet, Live Writer 2012 works on Windows 8. At least we can confirm no changes to UI.

Windows Live Writer  2012

What’s new in Windows Essentials 2012

Here more emphasis given to Movie Maker and Photo Gallery, since new features have been added to these taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8.

Windows Essentials 2012 install dialog

  • Movie Maker using video stabilization feature makes shaky videos smoother.
  • Movie Maker now allows to add music from three music services such as AudioMicro, Free Music Archive and Vimeo Music Store and these services does offer music that have proper rights for you to share.
  • You can outline the text that you’ve added on the video background
  • Photo Galley lets you auto collage your photos in Windows 8.
  • You can share videos to Vimeo from Photo Gallery and Movie Maker.

Offline Installer

Microsoft offers web install and offline installer for Windows Essentials 2012 [131 MB].

[Via Windows blog]