Microsoft shuts down Windows Live Gallery

Microsoft has decided to shut down the Windows Live Gallery web site after a number of years. The web site, launched back in 2006, was at one point a popular destination for Windows users to download a wide variety of software gadgets, plug-ins and other applications. Users were able to purchase some gadgets via Microsoft Points which are also used to pay for content on the Xbox 360 console as well as the Zune Marketplace.

The Windows Live Gallery web site now has a brief message stating, "The Windows Live Gallery has been retired. In order to focus support on the much richer set of opportunities available for the newest version of Windows, Microsoft is no longer supporting development or uploading of new Gadgets." The message does add that some Windows-based gadget programs can still be downloaded over at the Personalization Gallery web site.

Part of the reason Microsoft has decided to close the Windows Live Gallery has to do with the upcoming launch of the Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft has already released a Developer Preview of Windows 8 which will include support for downloading apps via the Microsoft Store. The message on the Windows Live Gallery web site says, "With Windows Developer Preview, developers can create rich app experiences where customers focus on their important tasks. Apps are at the center of the Windows Developer Preview experience and are alive with activity and vibrant content. Users immerse themselves in your full-screen app while Windows gracefully gets out of the way."

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xpclient said,
Retired without prior warning so we won't be able to download the better or favorite gadgets.

Yea. I hope I can find another place to find my gmail notifier gadget if I need it, win 8 is kinda a long way off.

xpclient said,
Retired without prior warning so we won't be able to download the better or favorite gadgets.

wincustomize.com has all the better ones anyways

They should have at least given notice. There were some pretty neat gadgets on the site like the alarm clocks (you could choose your own song) and GPU/network monitors. Heck I even used the system control ones to overcome not having a shutdown/restart button in the Developer Preview.

Sadelwo said,
They should have at least given notice. There were some pretty neat gadgets on the site like the alarm clocks (you could choose your own song) and GPU/network monitors. Heck I even used the system control ones to overcome not having a shutdown/restart button in the Developer Preview.

Besides, the Metro/immersive apps are not coming to Windows 7 or Vista obviously. So how can they take away the gallery for Windows 7 or Vista users, and without any warning?

[quote=Sadelwo said,]They should have at least given notice.

That would have been the decent and courteous way to do things. But, with typical big company arrogance, they feel no notice is necessary. When the time comes and MS starts their downward spiral, there will be no pity or sympathy from the millions of users who got shafted. Go back through the last 150 years of former big companies who got arrogant, and see where they are now. (Those very few who did recover, i.e., IBM, went through a long period of ugliness.)

Sadelwo said,
They should have at least given notice. There were some pretty neat gadgets on the site like the alarm clocks (you could choose your own song) and GPU/network monitors. Heck I even used the system control ones to overcome not having a shutdown/restart button in the Developer Preview.

There is one in the start menu under settings...

xpclient said,

Besides, the Metro/immersive apps are not coming to Windows 7 or Vista obviously. So how can they take away the gallery for Windows 7 or Vista users, and without any warning?

I should go back to look some of this up, but are you certain that Metro Apps won't have some limited functionality available in Windows 7? Metro Apps only need the base .NET/IE technologies, which run on Windows 7. It seems that a modification to the Sidebar or a replacement would not be hard, nor out of the reach of a 3rd party to provide.

A weird decision. The product is still in active use as a part of a supported OS. They're being kinda overenthusiastic about the new stuff already.

Good thing I got them backed up just in case. I can't be arsed to go through all the Rainmeter thing.

The page says: "In order to focus support on the much richer set of opportunities available for the newest version of Windows", except that the newest version of Windows hasn't even reached beta yet.

xpclient said,
The page says: "In order to focus support on the much richer set of opportunities available for the newest version of Windows", except that the newest version of Windows hasn't even reached beta yet.
Yeah this is the ****ty part.

I just hope http://addgadget.com/ does not stop working on his.

I know not everyone uses Windows Live Writer for Blogging. But for those who do, THIS SUCKS!!! Why, because a nice feature of WLW was the plug-in's you could load into it. Where did those plugin's reside - Windows Live Gallery. So they have removed a feature to at least one Microsoft Program by shutting down the WL Gallery.

Guess I better figure out how to back up my current WL Writer installation .... !@#$%^&*

Gadget gallery is working fine on my end.
EDIT: It's just the scaled down one. W8 coming sooner than we think?

Edited by Eric, Oct 3 2011, 1:46pm :

GreyWolf said,
Gadget gallery is working fine on my end.
EDIT: It's just the scaled down one. W8 coming sooner than we think?
Maybe. Mary Jo Foley reported a few months ago that it was coming in April of next year. This report actually send stocks upwards for sometime!
If true, than it would meet with iPad 3 heads-on!

After searching I found some other websites hosting the same gadgets as Live gallery so it's not a big problem. Too many gadgets are extremely ugly, few are polished and nicely done. Still a warning would have been nice MS.

I never liked the gallery site and it looks as if the personalization site has the same problem... a simple search for a gadget. Correct me if I'm wrong but if I'm looking for a brightness gadget it seems like Google has a better selection then Microsoft's own gadget site.

Hum.. I barely used it anyway. I opened the gallery, had a ton of gadgets, did a search, nothin' came up, and from then on... oh well...

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