In 2008, Microsoft canceled Windows Movie Maker. In anticipation of Windows 7’s release arrives Windows Live Movie Maker (henceforth referred to as “WLMM”), the official replacement to Windows Movie Maker, available for free download as a Windows Live software. Without further ado, let’s check this neat software out now.

The non-linear video editing software world is crowded with expensive proprietary software, with the distinct lack of a decent free alternative. Microsoft has been working on this since 2000, when Windows Movie Maker was first introduced with Windows ME. However, it was unanimously panned as, well, “useless”. Fast forward to Windows XP, and Windows Movie Maker 2.0 finally evolved into a usable, though very basic, video editor. Windows Movie Maker 2.6 bundled with Windows Vista was a revelation, and finally found a wide user base. Since then, due to incompatibility issues and advances in HD videography, Windows Movie Maker has fallen out of preference.

In 2008, Microsoft canceled Windows Movie Maker. In anticipation of Windows 7’s release arrives the much-anticipated Windows Live Movie Maker (henceforth referred to as “WLMM”), the official replacement to Windows Movie Maker, available for free download as a Windows Live software. WLMM will not be bundled with Windows 7, and is supported by both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. 

Before I begin, let me state right away – If you are one of those who found the previous Windows Movie Maker woefully inadequate for your workflow – chances are you wouldn’t be any more interested in WLMM.

For light users of video editing, internet video publishers, or just anyone who owns a camcorder, read on as we review an intriguing software.