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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Program Manager and File Manager

Born in Windows 3, died in Windows 95. Touted as the major improvement in Windows 3, File Manager liberated Windows customers from the DOS command line when working with files, such as renaming, copying, moving, and even printing them. Breakthrough technology showed the directory tree on the left and subdirectories and files on the right. Program Manager, by contrast, contained icons for programs, grouped in directories. In Windows 95, the reimagined Windows Explorer combined file management with simpler navigation and program launching, interspersing program and file icons, thus obviating both Program Manager and File Manager. (Historical note: Windows Explorer lives on in Windows 8, but it’s been renamed File Explorer.)

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