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Windows Essentials 2012 v16.4.3508

Enhance your online life with this varied suite of free tools

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 14 May 2013
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Downloads To Date: 27414
Developer: Microsoft
RSS News Feed: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/rss.aspx
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Windows Essentials 2012
Enhance your online life with this varied suite of free tools

Windows Essentials 2012 is the next generation of Microsoft's free suite, which now makes it easier than ever to work with your favourite services.

Windows Live Messenger now has a Facebook-style interface, for example, and links directly with Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace.

Windows Movie Maker helps you put together a professional video, then uploads it to YouTube in a couple of clicks.

Windows Live Photo Gallery can now share your photos instantly on Flickr, Facebook, SmugMug and more.

Windows Live Mail works happily with your Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail and other email accounts.

And Windows Live Writer can update your blog whether it's on Blogger, Wordpress.com, TypePad or many other services.

That's not all, though. Windows Live Family Safety is now better than ever at keeping your kids away from the worst of the web. Microsoft SkyDrive syncs files and folders across all your PCs (and Mac's), ensuring they're all up-to-date. And if you're running Windows 7 then you'll find every tool is particularly easy to use - just pin the apps you need to the taskbar, and their jump lists will give you speedy access to common tasks.

With v2012, you now get SkyDrive for Windows, enabling you to store your documents and files in the cloud.

Verdict:

Windows Essentials 2012 includes some excellent tools and is better than ever at helping you work with other sites and services. Grab a copy immediately

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