Microsoft has announced that it has retired its Windows Live Gallery so that the company can focus its efforts on developing applications for Windows 8 and the “much richer set of opportunities available for the newest version of Windows.”
Some of the most popular and highest rated Gadgets will remain available through the Windows Personalization Gallery, but Microsoft is no longer supporting the development or uploading of new entries to the repository.
The company has left an announcement on its Windows Live Gallery website which explains its reasons for ditching the service:
Looking for Gadgets?
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. However, some of the most popular and highest-rated gadgets are still available on the Gadgets page of the Windows Personalization Gallery.
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.
Microsoft doesn’t really tell users how to access those plugins that are still available, so for those of you that would like to know, you can simply navigate to plugins.live.com. It’s worth noting, however, that not all plugins will remain available.
Are you sad to see Windows Live Gallery go, or are you just too excited for the things to come with Windows 8?