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

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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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