Windows Live Photo Gallery


Windows Live Photo Gallery

A key component of Microsoft's Windows Essentials for photo management and sharing


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

Excellent fast utility with a clean, simple design and a versatile indexing system.
Needs Windows Live sign up; not the most powerful image editor; by default overwrites existing viewer preferences.

Our Review:

Windows Live Photo Gallery is Microsoft offering and included in Windows Essentials 2012 as a free download for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

I think it is unlikely that many people would want to use it on its own, but as a quick way of finding images on your hard drive it is excellent, works fast and really well .

You can edit images, email or publish them, print them, make slide shows, etc. It is less fully featured than most of the other packages, but for some that might be a definite advantage.

The initial download is a web installer so further bandwidth is required to setup download Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Movie Maker which shares many of the same features, and any other Windows Live programs that will be updated if they are already installed (OneDrive, Mail, Family Safety, Writer).

Microsoft discourages using older versions, including 2011 and 2009, of Windows Live Essentials as there was at least one security vulnerability with the Writer module. Those versions are no longer available for download.

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