Get access to some (still) valuable Windows applications in Windows Live Essentials 2012
Back in the day, Windows Live Essentials brought a lot of value to a very large Windows audience. Today, whether you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8.x or even Windows 10, you can still find a lot of value in this venerable collection of productivity and utility applications, created by a Microsoft-gone-by. This is especially valuable if you’re looking to use Windows Live Writer, the offline, Microsoft blogging client for PC’s.
Windows Live Essentials is a grouping of five (5) cool applets and utilities that extend the productivity, usability and enjoyment of Windows. They Include:
- Windows Live Movie Maker
Here, you can tell y our story in style. You can make a professional quality movie from your photos and vides in just a few clicks. You can cut and rotate shots, create a text outline, add audio to a video file, add music and narration, as well as take advantage of advanced stability controls to help eliminate camera shake, after the fact.
- Windows Live Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery has everything you need to organize, edit and publish your photos. You can retouch your shots to add a touch of professionalism, you can create stunning panorama shots by stitching together two or more photos, or use Photo Fuse to get that perfect group photo; or you can create a collage from a group of photos to share with your friends and family.
- Microsoft OneDrive
OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud drive storage tool. Couple it with a Microsoft Office 365 subscription and you can get access to unlimited storage for your documents, pictures and more. With OneDrive,you can access your files from any computer connected to the internet via their web interface, or use their client app to sync all of your data to the cloud for added security and convenience.
- Windows Live Mail
Mail allows you to manage multiple email accounts, calendars, contacts and newsgroups in one place. You can view content on or offline, and the app supports POP, IMAP, and Outlook.com accounts.
- Windows Live Writer
Live Writer is perhaps one of the BEST blogging clients available for Windows. While blogs like WordPress and SharePoint are supported natively, the app can also be used to write posts for Blogger and TypePad blogs, too. The app creates some of the cleanest HTML I’ve ever seen, and the interface supports both a preview and a WYSIWYG display making it very easy to write and edit both online and offline posts.
Windows Live Essentials 2012 runs on Windows 7, Windows 8.x and on Windows 10. The app, will however, require the installation of the .NET Framework, especially on Windows 8.x and Windows 10, and will prompt the user to download and install it before the actual app itself will install.