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.