We are happy to announce new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. A few new capabilities have been added while also taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are two essential Windows applications hundreds of millions of people have come to rely on for making the most of photos and videos. Download Windows Essentials 2012 or see here for more infomation.

Movie Maker
Whether you’re making a short clip to quickly share or taking your time to make the most of that big event, Movie Maker showcases your skills as a budding film-maker. With major advancements in hardware accelerated graphics in Windows 8, Movie Maker has evolved to include these state of the art enhancements. New features include:

Video Stabilization: Movie Maker has taken advantage of new technology in Windows 8 to smooth out your wobbly videos.

Music: By working with AudioMicro, Free Music Archive and the Vimeo Music Store it is now easy to find music that is not only fitting for video, but also has the proper rights. Now when you go to add music to your movie in Movie Maker, you have the option of getting music from your PC or from three varied music services. You can also choose which form of audio you want to emphasize. This makes it easy to clean up and enhance the audio for your movie project.

Photo Gallery
This i
s the number one way to organize, fix, find and share your photos and videos. And with advanced features like Photo Fuse and Panorama, Photo Gallery continues to bring creative enhancement to your memories.
New features include:

Auto Collage: You can now select seven or more photos and it creates and arrange them in a collage for you.

Vimeo:  Vimeo as our new publish partner! Now you can share your videos straight to Vimeo from both Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. Once you have your project saved and are ready to share it with the world, just click on the Vimeo button in the share gallery, choose from a variety of options that Vimeo provides and you’re done. Now your movies can become a part of an ever growing community of film makers who call Vimeo their home.

For more information on what’s included with Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, click here