Almost every Windows user is familiar with Windows Live Essentials. It started with Windows 7 as a set of apps which provide essential functionality for a fresh installation of Windows. It has a nice email client, a photo viewing and organizing app, the now-discontinued Live Messenger, Live Writer for bloggers, and the infamous Movie Maker video editor. Soon, Microsoft will remove it in favor of Universal apps available in the Windows Store and bundled with Windows 10.
The apps in Windows Essentials suite used to be bundled with Windows. With Windows 7, they became a separate download. Over time, they became richer in functionality and became extremely full-featured, powerful apps. The suite was renamed from Windows Live Essentials to Windows Essentials when the Live branding was discontinued. The last version released was Windows Essentials 2012.
Microsoft has announced that this suite will reach end of support on January 10, 2017. The official download page has been updated to mention this. This means existing users who have it installed on their PCs will be able to continue using those apps but you won't be able to download it any more as the installer will be removed.
Instead, Microsoft wants you to switch to the extremely simplified Universal apps available in the Windows Store and bundled with Windows 10. Microsoft thinks that the Mail, Photos, OneDrive apps are good enough to replace their desktop counterparts. As for Movie Maker, Microsoft is working on creating a new "Universal" version of the app.
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This is a shock for Windows Essentials users. While modern versions of these apps are usable, they are obviously not so feature-rich as their predecessors. They provide very basic functionality which is not enough for a number of users.
Over time, the apps in the existing suite may become incompatible with later releases of Windows, since these desktop apps are no longer being updated.
What are your thoughts on this potentially upsetting decision? Are you happy with this change or will you miss the classic suite?
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