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 Windows Essentials 2012

Windows Essentials 2012 delivers a set of free consumer desktop applications. Simplify activities that your customers perform frequently on the desktop: touching up photos with Photo Gallery, creating personal films with MovieMaker, and accessing versatile cloud storage with SkyDrive.

Meet the New Windows Essentials

Microsoft Windows Essentials 2012 (previously known as Windows Live Essentials) is the suite of desktop applications designed to help customers do more with Windows:
  • It complements the no-compromises story of Windows 8.
  • It supports the importance of desktop productivity.
  • For Windows 7, it includes powerful yet simple tools for communication and self-expression that are tightly integrated with Windows Live web services.


Application Description
Movie Maker Easier way to create great personal films:
  • Cut, rotate, add effects
  • Text outline
  • Add video track for audio
  • Add music and narration
  • Advanced stability control
Photo Gallery Makes your photos look great:
  • Photo fuse
  • Panoramic pictures
  • Retouch
  • Auto collage
SkyDrive desktop app Versatile personal cloud storage:
  • Keep personal stuff in one trusted place
  • Access from anywhere
  • Share privately with people you choose
  • Create together without compromise using Office
Messenger (Windows 7 only)
  • Provides instant messaging on a PC, the web or phone.
  • Brings together updates from social networks, inboxes and other sharing websites.
Mail (Windows 7 only)
  • Enables customers to manage multiple email accounts, calendars, contacts and newsgroups all in one place.
  • Allows customers to work online or off.
Writer (Windows 7 only)
  • Adds photos, videos, maps and more to blogs, and publishes to popular blogs easily.
  • Customers can access their published blogs and drafts from any PC anywhere.
  • Integrated with Photo Gallery and new templates.
Family Safety (Windows 7 only)
  • Helps parents control content their children access online and manage their email and IM contacts.
  • Provides search safety.
  • Manages a child’s local activities on the PC and online activity in one location.

Windows Essentials 2012 OEM Preinstallation Kit

If you choose not to use the Express Deployment Tool, you can still use the Windows Essentials OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) to deploy Windows Essentials 2012 onto new PCs. The OPK includes the following:
  • Installer application
  • Instructions for how to silently install and configure Windows Essentials for customers.

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