In Pictures: Dearly departed - the Windows features that didn't make it

As Windows 8's arrival is imminent, we look back at the once-must-have features in earlier versions of Windows that got killed along the way

Aero

Born in Windows Vista, died in Windows 8. The “authentic, energetic, reflective, and open” interface, touted as one of the most compelling new features in Windows Vista, led to a lawsuit when consumers were duped by “Vista Capable” stickers on new computers that couldn’t handle Aero. Microsoft now deems Aero “dated and cheesy,” further opining that “we’ve seen a clear turn where Aero is the past and Metro is the future.” Except, well, there isn’t any Metro, but that’s another story.

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