Microsoft’s released essentials 2012 were actually downgraded from the essentials of 2011. It runs both on Windows 7 and 8. Microsoft has recently stopped to support this suit. Yet, there are many who are using it. One important thing is that now users cannot download the fresh copy or version because it has been blocked. However, if you have already installed, you can use this. There will be no update for these essentials next.
In the preview, we can see that mail appears still with the name of live windows mail to avoid confusion with Windows 8 live mail. There is no change except name. But one thing good is that it supports Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Newsfeeds. Microsoft messenger works as usual and can be used with Messenger and Facebook networks. All the services like text, audio and video chat are still available. It also supports sharing of photo and documents. Ads can also be displayed on it.
It is the Movie Maker which is really updated in these essentials. The user interface remains same as previous but with the addition of using photos and clips to make them sharable. The background audio editing can be done easily with audio adding from online music stores.
All the functionality of Photo Gallery is carried to these essentials with some improvements. Especially, the addition of Vimeo support and Photo Collage are remarkable. Microsoft Sky drive is also unchanged with an option to integrate it with cloud storage.
Next is the Microsoft Writer which is still unpredictable. It retains Windows live branding like mail. There is nothing particular added to this functionality. From all this, we can see that in Microsoft Essentials 2012 only the Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are updated. Both these applications have got some new functionality making these very useful. Especially, the ability of changing photos and videos to shareable content is unprecedented.
But, one thing disappointing is that Microsoft has discontinued these essentials now. The people have no facility of fresh downloading. Only the pre downloaded versions can be used.
|Windows Live Essentials 2012 16.4.3528 Aug 1, 2012|
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