The time has come. The time has come to lay Windows Essentials 2012 to rest, as this small suite of productivity applications has finally been retired by Microsoft.
Of course, we already knew about that.
The date of January 10, 2017 had been long set.
And Microsoft had been warning for some time will pull the plug off of this set of software programs that have been with us for quite a while now. For many Windows users, these are first applications they install after setting up the operating system.
Well, if they try and do that now by going to the official download page, they will not be able to do that, as the link to the download file is no longer available — Redmond has had it removed.
Obviously, nothing will change for those that have already installed the suite of apps, and they will work as it has before. However, the lack of support from Microsoft means that they now pose a security risk, which will only increase from now on.
The software titan also offers a list of recommend alternatives that are ready to leave Windows Essentials 2012 behind:
- Mail is available as a free built-in application for Windows 8.1 and above.
- Photos is available as a free built-in application for Windows 8.1 and above.
- Live Writer is available as an open-source solution.
- One Drive is an inbox feature for Windows 8.1 and above.
- Family Safety is an inbox feature for Windows 8.1 and above.
All that said, there still are ways to get Windows Essentials 2012, even with the suite now retired.
No guarantees of how long these links will stay available, but you can download it below: