Microsoft has announced it has retired its Windows Live Gallery repository, a portal hosting plugins, gadgets, add-ons for the company’s various Windows Live services, to concentrate on developing its Windows 8 ecosystem and the “much richer set of opportunities available” to it.
The company says that it will continue to host some of the most popular and highest-rated gadgets, making them available on its Gadgets and Gadgets page of the Windows Personalization Gallery, helping users build out their Windows 7 Sidebars with additional widgets and associated services.
Microsoft’s announcement reads as follows:
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.
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