Microsoft drops email, photo apps from Windows 7

By on September 23, 2008, 5:20 PM
Microsoft has confirmed that applications for simple activities such as e-mail and photo editing won't be included with Windows 7. Specifically, Photo Gallery, Windows Mail and Movie Maker will be ditched in favor of optional downloadable apps that tap into Windows Live and offer the same functionality. The company argues that this will ensure a quicker turnaround for the launch of Windows 7 and that it opens up the possibility of working with partners down the line.

Speaking to, Windows Live general manager Brian Hall said the company decided it was pointless to offer two different programs for each function, particularly since this confuses customers and makes support more complicated. The announcement further highlights Microsoft’s strategic shift to online services and is also a much welcome step towards making Windows 7 less bloated than Vista. It could also help the Redmond giant avoid antitrust problems for tying operating system features to specific services.

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old101 said:
This is a welcome development as far as I am concerned. I suggest they drop IE as well. Develop a simple secure OS, priced reaqsonably, make sure drivers for common peripherals are available, and leave the eye candy and the trimmings to the users. Include simple instruction on how to install add-ons for new computer users.
camuss15 said:
I agree that they should not include IE in Windows 7, but it is necessary for Windows Update, I think.....
Julio said:
I understand Microsoft's need to make a leaner OS and get rid of double developments, but at the same time I'm not too excited about the change.Even when I have never used Windows Mail or Movie Maker, at least Mail I feel is such a basic must have for a modern OS. Is it really that difficult for such a giant developer create a straightforward mail app that can give you basic functionality when complexity is not needed (for the general user) or when you are clean installing and need such a feature?Also, if MS wants to avoid the antitrust scenario, I would convert the Live applications into a suite like Apple does with iLife.
captain828 said:
well... you can download it later, and since (mostly) everyone has internet these days it shouldn't be a problem
windmill007 said:
I think they have a hidden agenda. I'm sure these downloads won't be free and I agree email is a basic feature that should be included. How about DRM and gadgets other useless junk we never use. Seriously I wonder what goes threw Microsofts head other than taking the wrong path to world domination. Windows live will be Microsofts monthly subscription service. I personally hate any of these monthly services and they will never get one red cent from me.
canadian said:
I think its basically going to end up being Windows Vista with all the nice free apps stripped out, like: Media Player, Movie Maker, SideBar, Search Functionality and more. They will then either let you download the ones you want (Hopefully not buy them) until eventually you end up with Vista again.
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