Dear Reader,

I am sure you all must have Windows Live and the new range of updated products from Microsoft called Windows Live Essentials. Its is a pack of FREE software from Microsoft containing very nice softwares for your daily computing needs such as IM, Photos and Movies, Blogging, Web Browsing and making it all an easier and streamlined process. Lets give a brief look to all of them, shall we? 🙂

Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger is a great program to chat and keep in touch with your friends and family online. It has evolved a lot in terms of features and look. You can use Windows Live Messenger to send instant messages. You can Add pictures or short videos of yourself that can change with your mood, let people know what music you’re listening to, and customize the scene in the conversation window. You can use it to send files over to your contacts, drag photos right into the conversation window and show them off while you’re chatting. If someone you’re chatting with has to leave their computer, you can still use Messenger to send an SMS text message to their mobile phone. In the looks department, Windows Live Messenger has got ample of eyecandy to keep you awed with glassy looks everywhere and ability to customize your experience in anywhere you want. You can even set your own colors or pictures in the background of your conversation window 🙂

Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail is a nice program to manage your emails. If you have ever used Outlook Express before then you would find Windows Live Mail to be a delight. Windows Live Mail combines the ease of use of Outlook Express, with the speed of Windows Live. You can get multiple e-mail accounts in one program – Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!* and more. And now Windows Live Mail has a calendar, too. The mails you receive are stored for Offline access and you can even compose them while you are not connected to internet and they will be sent when you connect. Security features have been beefed up with a improved Spam filter. Your calendar in Windows Live Mail helps you keep track of all the important stuff you’ve got coming up. It even sends you reminders—in e-mail, on your mobile device*, or in Messenger—you decide. You can even sync them with the online web calendar and access them from anywhere. Hell, you can even make a shared calendar where you and all your contacts stored them together. One big happy calendar 🙂

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Windows Live Photo Gallery is another nice program to simply and effectively manage your photos on your PC. Make your great photos look even better, and create impressive panoramic photos too. You can add them to an online album and configure who can see them and who cannot 🙂 Photo Gallery automatically finds the people in your photos so you can add a name to the face. Then later, all you need to do is type in someone’s name to see all the photos of that person. Remember Facebook or Flickr? You can edit your photos too. Adjust exposure, color, or detail by hand, or use auto adjust—either way, your photos look great. You can even create amazing panoramas—Photo Gallery stitches several photos together in just one click.

Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker is simply a superb addition to the pack. Making movies gets easy as you can go Clickety-Clickety-Click. Create movies and slide shows from your photos and videos, and share them with your friends and family. Automatically turn your videos, photos, and music into a great movie. AutoMovie adds a title, credits, transitions, and effects, and fits it all together for you. Customizing your movie is simple with easy-to-use editing tools. Trim your video clips to show only the parts you want. Add titles, transitions, music, and effects like panning and zooming. You can then share them online or on dvd 🙂

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service—Windows Live, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, and many more. With Writer, you can preview everything you’re adding to your blog, to see how the fonts, spacing, colors, and images will look, before you publish. You can add photos and videos to your blog posts easily. There is also a plug-in support which allows you to add custom support and features which you require to the program.

Windows Live Toolbar and Windows Live Family Safety give you access to features wich makes your browsing experience simple and secure.

One of the main problems people have had with Windows Live Essentials is its too big thing to download and people need to a good internet connectivity to be able to download and install it. Well Scott Hanselman just faced a similar situation and he blogged about how to get and Offline Installer for Windows Live Essentials. So go ahead and get your dose of Windows Live Essentials and have fun with your PC.

Cheers.