Meet the new Essentials
Windows 7 and Windows Live Essentials
Windows 7 just got even better with the best tools to organize photos, make movies and keep in touch with the people that matter most. Windows Live Essentials delivers a set of consumer applications that make life easier by simplifying activities that you perform frequently, from touching up photos and creating beautiful slide shows to connecting with friends through email, instant messaging (IM) and your social networks.
What’s more, Windows 7 and Windows Live Essentials work great together.
Windows Live Essentials refreshes the Windows 7 experience with an integrated set of free apps that include these:
- Windows Live Mail
- Windows Live Messenger
- Windows Live Photo Gallery
- Windows Live Movie Maker
- Windows Live Sync
- Windows Live Writer
- Windows Live Family Safety
- Bing Bar
The modern desktop
Innovative new devices from high-quality mobile phone cameras to video cameras and webcams are leading to an explosion of digital photos and videos. According to IDC, the current growth of consumer-generated content is estimated at 13 percent year-over-year, or nearly 622 billion new photos in 2009 alone. That’s an additional gigabyte of photos every six months. People are sharing their stuff more than ever, too. The average person has three email accounts, two social networks and hundreds of contacts on all of them. Each minute, 15 hours of new video is uploaded to YouTube. And on average, each photo or video uploaded is shared on more than two different sites.
In parallel, people are also using more devices than ever. According to InfoTrends, in the U.S., more than 75 percent of households have more than one PC (16 percent even have more than four PCs). Wireless penetration is estimated at 91 percent and still growing.
Coupled with your increasingly busy life, this presents a tremendous challenge in how you can organize, share and connect with others online.
With Windows Live Essentials, Windows is the modern desktop for busy people. Messenger provides the best way to connect with your closest friends. Photo Gallery and Movie Maker make it easy and enjoyable to organize, touch up and share your digital memories. Mail is a flexible and simple way to manage your email, calendars and contacts. Sync bridges the PC and cloud to let you access your content on the go.
The new Essentials pairs really well with…
Windows Live Essentials has been optimized for Windows 7. The new ribbon is used throughout to make it easy to access the most frequently used tasks. JumpLists are a part of each application, taking you right to the shortcuts you use every day. In addition, Windows Live Movie Maker takes advantage of codecs available in Windows 7, and photos can be adjusted using touch on any touch-enabled Windows 7-based PC.