Windows Essentials is a pack of useful free tools by Microsoft for the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. This collection of programs includes Movie Maker, Windows Photo Gallery, Mail, Writer, Family Safety and SkyDrive.
The essential Microsoft applications for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
What do I need Windows Essentials for?
Microsoft distributes this collection of free programs to provide the user with useful tools that expand the possibilities of the operating system:
- Movie Maker: tool focused on basic video editing and homemade films.
- Photo Gallery: this photograph gallery is an editing tool and very easy-to-use photograph publication.
- Mail: the free email manager of Microsoft.
- Writer: program to create and publish your blog.
- Family Safety: parental control by Microsoft, essential to know what your children access. This option is only installed on Windows 7, because Windows 8 includes a parental control application per default.
- SkyDrive: access the online storage system by Microsoft.
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Committed to simplicity
In Windows Essentials you will find all the programs included in prior versions, except Windows Live Mesh which is substituted by the striking SkyDrive. But, in its commitment to simplicity, Microsoft has shortened the names of the applications. Thus, Windows Live Essentials is now known simply as Windows Essentials.
Renovation of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery
The two applications of the Windows Essentials pack that have received more modifications are Movie Maker and Photo Gallery.
Thus, from now on it will be very easy to upload contents to Vimeo directly from Photo Gallery, thanks to a new plug-in. Another innovation is the AutoCollage function which allows us to create compositions from images automatically.
Movie Maker includes a function which makes it easier to add a voiceover to your videos, options to highlight the desired audio channel, visualization of waveforms from sound channels..., even the integration of various music shops to carry out online downloads.
Download the latest version of Windows Essentials for free and provide Windows 7 with essential Microsoft applications.
Innovations of the last version
- Includes new Photo Gallery and Movie Maker functions.
- Fixed errors.