Microsoft released Windows Essentials 2012, earlier it was known as Windows Live Essentials. Probably they removed Live from it. Microsoft Windows Essentials 2012 is available to download both Online and Offline installer are available. In new Windows Essentials includes Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, Toolbar, Outlook Connector, Office Live Add-in, and Microsoft Silverlight.
But its only compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8, for XP lovers use earlier version. I somewhere read that Vista users can also install some of the programs in Essential.
What you get with Windows Essentials 2012?[unordered_list style=”green-dot”]
- Photo Gallery.
- Family Safety.
- Outlook Connector.
- Office Live Add-in.
- Microsoft Silverlight.
System Requirements for Windows Essentials 2012[unordered_list style=”green-dot”]
- Operating system: 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7, or Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008.
- Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher.
- Memory: 1GB of RAM or higher.
- Resolution: 1024 × 576 minimum.
- Internet connection: Online services require dial-up or high-speed Internet access (provided separately—local or long-distance charges may apply). High-speed Internet access is recommended for some features.
- Graphics card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a graphics card that supports DirectX 9 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher.