Windows 7 to lose email, photo & movie apps
"A more streamlined OS on offer?"
Published: 24th September 2008 | Source: CNet |
Windows 7 Streamlined?
Windows 7 will not feature Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Mail, and Windows Movie Maker according to a report by CNet, and Microsoft will instead be offering these applications as optional, free downloads. Microsoft have said there are several reasons for this decision, including the desire to issue 'new operating system releases more quickly than it has in the past' and that 'the move would remove confusion of offering and supporting two different programs that perform essentially similar functions.'
Some are seeing this move as Microsoft protecting itself from EU Anti-trust laws, as several lawsuits forced them to distribute EU specific versions of Vista & XP, which did not contain Media Player. By removing these applications from the operating system, they are safeguarding against further lawsuits. Windows Live general manager Brian Hall said that the stripping of these applications from Windows 7 would also pave the way for Microsoft to work selectively with specific partners.
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