Declan Dunn, TechViews.org …..
Microsoft has just announced that it will end support for Windows Essentials on January 10, 2017, and without viable replacements for its most still-valuable tools.
While this has been rumored for quite some time, it seems to be true since a simple visit to “get.live.com” was redirected to a completely new support page instead of the regular Windows Essentials download page.
You can still download Essentials from this support page, but now I’m wondering if that is temporary. Will the download disappear once January 10 has come and gone? I suppose it will.
And that’s not good, not good at all. Mostly because Microsoft has not issued new tools that satisfactorily replace the ones found in this long-neglected suite of desktop applications.
Consider what is/was available and what Microsoft now offers in Windows 10 as replacements:
Photo Gallery. A powerful tool for organizing, editing, and sharing your photos. Replaced by Photos, a toy app.
Movie Maker. A simple but power video editor. Microsoft offers no replacement for this tool in Windows 10.
Windows Live Writer. A front-end to various blog engines, this one is now open source.
Windows Live Mail. This email, contacts, and calendar solution was like Outlook for consumers. And it’s replaced by Windows Mail, People, and Calendar, which are either toys or decent, depending on your needs or perspective.
OneDrive. This is now integrated with Windows 10. And after a rough start, I think it’s working well.
Windows Messenger. This has been replaced by Skype, which I think we can all agree has never lived up to its promise.
While Windows Essentials wasn’t top-of-the-line by any means, it certainly had several valuable applications that were favored by millions.
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