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More Details on Windows Live Essentials 2012


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Microsoft has released some additional details on other Windows Live Essentials 2012 applications.  Read on for details.

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Earlier this evening, I told you about the Photo Gallery and Movie Maker applications that were updated as part of Windows Live Essentials 2012.  Microsoft also posted up about a few other applications, and there is a big caveat if you are using Live Mesh: installing Live Essentials 2012 will replace Live Mesh with SkyDrive.  Avoid this upgrade if you want to continue to use Live Mesh.  Here is what Microsoft posted:

What is included in Windows Essentials 2012?

Windows Essentials 2012 includes our new SkyDrive for Windows app as well as Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Family Safety*, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Messenger, Outlook Connector Pack and Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker.

I use Windows Live Mesh. What happens if I install the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery as part of Windows Essentials 2012?

If you have Windows Live Mesh installed, it will automatically be removed if you install the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery (available as part of Windows Essentials 2012).

Microsoft SkyDrive will be installed in place of Windows Live Mesh. To sync folders from the cloud to all of your PCs, you will need to install SkyDrive on all of your PCs or Macs.

What is the difference between Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive?

Please read this article for more information.

Can I keep using Windows Live Mesh?

Yes. If you do not install Windows Essentials 2012 on any of your PCs, Windows Live Mesh will keep working just like before.

If you have uninstalled Windows Live Mesh, you can still reinstall it. It’s available as part of Windows Live Essentials 2011.

Please note that you cannot install and run both Windows Essentials 2012 (with the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery) and Windows Live Mesh on the same PC.

Big hat tip to Jim Collison (@jcollison on Twitter) for pointing this issue out to me.  Jim, I owe you a beer!

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Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
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  1. Has there been any word yet on a Remote Access solution that will replace what’s in Mesh? I use Mesh Remote Access to support the whole family’s computers since I travel a lot, and several have their own home’s even I was at my home 🙂

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