Microsoft does a few things right. One of them is the Windows Live Essentials free software package.
Windows Live Essentials is a bundle of free software and contains a nice array of quality software for Windows. Did I say it’s free?
I download this package just for Windows Live Writer – a free blogging tool that blows any paid competition out of the water. There are also other items that may be of interest to you.
- Messenger – now even supports social networks like Facebook
- Photo Gallery – photo management app with sharing support for Flickr, Facebook, SkyDrive, etc.
- Movie Maker – a nice feature rich movie editing app with sharing support for Youtube, SkyDrive and Facebook
- Windows Live Mesh – a Dropbox like file sync service
- Mail – a stripped out Mail client like Outlook
- Writer – one of the most powerful desktop blog editors out there
- Family Safety – an app to monitor your kids web activities including whitelist support
If you are on Windows XP, go here to get the XP version of the download.
Tip: use the custom install option and uncheck the ‘Bing Bar’. I hate browser toolbars.