Windows Essentials 2012 (16.4.3503.0728) released

Microsoft released Windows Essentials 2012 including an update to Movie Maker, Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Few new capabilities has been added while also taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are two essential Windows applications hundreds of millions of people have come to rely on for making the most of your photos and videos. Windows Essentials gives you instant messaging, e-mail, blogging, photos, and much more. It is a set of free applications that allow you to easily create, communicate and share from your Windows PC to your favorite places on the web and to your mobile phone.

The new version of Movie Maker include some important upgrades, including video stabilization, h.264 by default, text effects and enhanced music capabilities:

Music: The one thing that can really make a difference in a movie is the soundtrack. But it can be hard to find not only the right piece of music but a version with the appropriate rights. And even if you choose a song from your own collection, it runs the risk of being stripped out once it’s published to YouTube for not having the appropriate rights. So we decided to work with AudioMicro, Free Music Archive and the Vimeo Music Store to make it easy to find music that is not only fitting for video, but also has the proper rights. Now when you go to add music to your movie in Movie Maker, you have the option of getting music from your PC or from three varied music services.

Download: Windows Essentials 2012 offline installer | 131 MB (Freeware)
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The "Fine Tune" set of features in "Photo Gallery" crashes my NVidia 560Ti graphics card driver. It happens from the Stock driver all the way through the latest Beta driver. Anyone else have this issue?

TRC said,
Sloppy leaving the Live name in some programs. Either kill the name or don't, but try to be consistent.
I said the same. I think it was just a little compatibility fix with all apps and with a few enhancements to the Visual apps.

Installed this earlier today, and Messenger doesn't work at all. It just stays at the Starting Up splash
screen after login, and the entire program hangs completely forcing me to kill the .exe process.

DJGM said,
Installed this earlier today, and Messenger doesn't work at all. It just stays at the Starting Up splash
screen after login, and the entire program hangs completely forcing me to kill the .exe process.
What the hell changed in Messenger? Was it just "Bug" fixes?

Copernic said,
WLM is still included.

But is it a new WLM, or just the same one repackaged with all the new stuff?

Also note how they've dropped the "Live" badge from the title. It's now just Windows Essentials rather than Windows Live Essentials.

Edit: Just installed it, and it did say "Messenger" under "These programs will be updated", so I assume there's at least some kind of update there. Also interestingly, it also includes and updates the Skydrive app. No idea what's changed though.

Edit2: There's definitely been some updates to both Messenger and Skydrive. Both now have new version numbers. Messenger = 16.4.3503.728 (was 15.4.3555.0308) however strangely is still called Windows Live Messenger 2012. Microsoft Skydrive is now 16.4.6010.0727 and also says Version 2012. Not spotted too much in the way of differences yet though...

Edited by Ryster, Aug 8 2012, 11:40am :

TCLN Ryster said,

But is it a new WLM, or just the same one repackaged with all the new stuff?

Also note how they've dropped the "Live" badge from the title. It's now just Windows Essentials rather than Windows Live Essentials.

Edit: Just installed it, and it did say "Messenger" under "These programs will be updated", so I assume there's at least some kind of update there. Also interestingly, it also includes and updates the Skydrive app. No idea what's changed though.

Edit2: There's definitely been some updates to both Messenger and Skydrive. Both now have new version numbers. Messenger = 16.4.3503.728 (was 15.4.3555.0308) however strangely is still called Windows Live Messenger 2012. Microsoft Skydrive is now 16.4.6010.0727 and also says Version 2012. Not spotted too much in the way of differences yet though...


The only thing that's changed in Messenger, Mail and Writer is support for Windows 8. Mail and Writer have also a new ribbon (the same as Windows 8).