How to Replace Windows Essentials 2012 After Support Ends in January
Microsoft will end support for the Windows Essentials 2012 suite on January 10, 2017. If you use any of the suite’s component apps—Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, OneDrive, Family Safety, Mail, or Live Writer—here’s what you need to know.
Windows Essentials 2012 has been a popular suite of apps since its release, and a surprising number of people still use some of those component apps today. On January 10, 2017, Microsoft will end official support for the suite. You’ll still be able to use it, of course, but the apps will no longer receive updates of any kind, including security updates. You also won’t be able to download the installer software anymore, either. If you still use Windows Essentials 2012, read on to find out what the end of official support means to you and where you can look for alternatives.