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Finally Microsoft has released the much awaited "Windows Essentials 2012" (Wave 5) (formerly known as Windows Live Essentials) to public.
Windows Essentials 2012 includes new SkyDrive for Windows app as well as Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Family Safety, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Messenger, Outlook Connector Pack, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker.
According to Microsoft, Windows Essentials 2012 comes with new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows Live team has added a few new capabilities while also taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8.
You can download the new updated version using following links:
Direct Download Link (Online Installer)
Direct Download Link (Offline Installer) (131 MB)
Windows Essentials is a suite of free programs from Microsoft to help you stay in touch with the people you care about most and do more with Windows on your PC. You can edit and share photos and personal videos, manage your email and calendar, publish to your blog, access your files on multiple computers, and help keep your kids safer online. It's all in one download, and it's all free.
Windows Essentials 2012 requires Windows 7 or Windows 8, and is available in 48 languages including English, French, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German and Russian. Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported.
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