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

Windows Solitaire

Born in Windows 3.0, died Windows 8. Solitaire isn’t so much dead as it’s being, er, reimagined as a gorgeous, full-screen -- and optional -- Metro app. The old Solitaire that we all know and love, and have spent countless hours perusing and pursuing, is headed to the big bit bucket. I haven’t seen any comment as yet from Wes Cherry, who wrote the original Solitaire while an intern at Microsoft. Apparently Microsoft still hasn’t paid him a penny beyond the original intern wages. (Makes me wonder how much they spent to have the Xbox team put together the new version.) Minesweeper’s in for a makeover, too.

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