Windows Essentials 2012 Preview
Microsoft has delivered a preview version of its Windows Essentials 2012 suite, the follow-up to its Windows Live Essentials solution. As expected, the suite and the bundled apps are losing the Windows Live branding. But unexpectedly, these apps aren’t just continuing, some are being improved. And the preview versions we see today are pretty nice indeed.
Windows Essentials 2012 is somewhat stripped down from Windows Live Essentials 2011. The suite now includes Microsoft Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, SkyDrive (desktop application), Writer, and Messenger. You can find the download on the Microsoft web site in both a traditional installer and a web installer. It runs on both Windows 7 and Windows 8.