With Windows Live Essentials on your PC, you can do more with Windows.
Windows Live Essentials is a suite of free programs from Microsoft to help you stay in touch with the people you care about most and do more with Windows on your PC. You can edit and share photos and personal videos, manage your email and calendar, publish to your blog, access your files on multiple computers, and help keep your kids safer online. It's all in one download, and it's all free.
Windows Live Essentials includes Windows Live Messenger
, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail
, Writer, Family Safety, Windows Live Mesh, Bing Bar
, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight
, and Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger). You can install just a few of these programs or all of Windows Live Essentials.Suite Programs
Stay in touch with the people you care about most from your PC, phone, or the web.
- Photo Gallery
Get great tools for organising, touching up, and sharing your photos and videos.
- Windows Live Mesh
Keep photos and documents in sync between your computers, and on SkyDrive.
- Movie Maker
Turn your photos and videos into polished movies that are easy to share.
Blog like a pro, adding photos, videos, maps, and more.
- Family Safety
Parental controls to help parents keep their children safe online.
Manage multiple email accounts, calendars, and your contacts, even when you're offline.
- Messenger Companion
See and comment on links your friends have shared as you visit websites in Internet Explorer.
- Bing Bar
Get search results from Bing without leaving the website you're on.
- Outlook Connector Pack
Includes Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Outlook Social Connector Provider for Messenger.
- Microsoft Silverlight
Access rich, interactive websites using the Silverlight browser plug-in.Note:
The download may include updates to Windows Live programs you already have. You'll get updates to these and other Microsoft programs from Microsoft Update. This software may also download and install some updates automatically.Requirements
- Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher.
- For Photo Gallery and Movie Maker: Some required components of DirectX 9 may be installed for you if they're not already on your computer.
- For Windows Live Mesh: To run Windows Live Mesh on a Mac, you must have OS X 10.5 or newer installed.