After almost five years in existence, Microsoft has decided to shut down Windows Live Gallery website which proved to a popular destination for Windows users to download a wide variety of software gadgets, plug-ins and other applications. The following notice appears on Microsoft the website:
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.
One of the reason’s for the website’s departure is the upcoming Windows 8 for which a developer preview has already been released. Again, quoting Microsoft:
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.
Windows Developer Preview allows you to leverage your existing skills and code assets so you can create great experiences for your customers. Gadget and web developers can now use their HTML5 and CSS3 skills to build native Windows apps. .NET Developers can use XAML, C#, and Visual Basic to build beautiful Metro-style apps. Game developers can use the power of DirectX 11.1 to build amazing, immersive gaming experiences. Driver developers benefit from increased productivity with the new, integrated Visual Studio development environment.
With Windows Developer Preview, you’re ready to imagine, build, and sell the next great app.