Reasons to Use Live Essentials
If the above comparisons have persuaded you not to choose Windows Live Essentials, bear in mind that there are some very useful features that do not have freeware alternatives.
One such example is Windows Live Mesh (pictured), a superb way to synchronize files on your PC with your Windows Live SkyDrive account. This is a remote backup solution that can be scheduled and used to retain copies of your most vital documents and images “in the cloud."
Another example is Windows Live Family Safety, a very useful means for a parent to track and monitor the online activities of their children. Using this feature web access time “windows" can be established, as can restrictions on applications and software in order to ensure that children are using the computer for its approved purpose.
Finally, if you have a Windows Live email account and do not want to switch between Outlook and Windows Live Mail to retrieve messages, the Windows Live Outlook Connector Pack manages the collection of emails messages from Windows Live/Hotmail accounts in Microsoft Outlook.
Ultimately, the choice is yours – however, you should understand that installing Windows Live Essentials does not mean that you will receive all of these applications by default as the suite can be configured to only install the components you require.
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