Windows Essentials

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Windows Essentials (formerly known as Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Installer) is a set of free Microsoft programs. First released on August 25, 2006, the set consists of Windows Live Mail, an email program, Photo Gallery, an image viewer, Movie Maker, a movie making app, Windows Live Writer, OneDrive, Family Safety, and, formerly, Windows Live Messengerl, an instant messaging client discontinued since 2013. Family Safety is only for Windows 7.[1] Made to perfectly blend together, as well as with Microsoft web-based services,[2][3] Windows Essentials programs are compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and formerly Windows XP and Windows Vista.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Windows Essentials 2012 Release Notes. Windows portal. Microsoft. Retrieved on 10 April 2013.
  2. Foley, Mary Jo (5 August 2006). Microsoft Seeks Testers for Windows Live Essentials. eWeek's Microsoft Watch. Ziff Davis Enterprise. Retrieved on April 20, 2012.
  3. Thurrott, Paul (6 October 2010). Making Sense of Windows Live Wave 3, Part 1: How We Got Here. Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows. Retrieved on April 20, 2012.

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