On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new version of Windows Essentials 2012 was available to download. At the time, the company promoted its new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery that were included in this new collection of small Windows applications for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Other Windows Essentials programs such as Mail and Messenger don't seem to have received an update in this new collection.
However, Microsoft has quietly dumped one of the applications found in the previous versions of Windows Essentials. In an FAQ page on the Windows blog, the company admits that Live Mesh, the file synchronization and remote desktop app, is not a part of Windows Essentials 2012. Microsoft states:
If you have Windows Live Mesh installed, it will automatically be removed if you install the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery (available as part of Windows Essentials 2012). Microsoft SkyDrive will be installed in place of Windows Live Mesh. To sync folders from the cloud to all of your PCs, you will need to install SkyDrive on all of your PCs or Macs.
So if you really want to keep Live Mesh, your only option is to keep using the previous release found in Windows Live Essentials 2011. Microsoft says, " ... you cannot install and run both Windows Essentials 2012 (with the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery) and Windows Live Mesh on the same PC."