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

Quick Launch toolbar

Born in Internet Explorer 4 (for Windows 95), died in Windows 7. Introduced as part of the Internet Explorer 4 revolution and usable on all versions of Windows from Win95 to Win7 (where it didn’t appear by default but could be cajoled into existence with proper incantations), the Quick Launch toolbar let you put icons to launch specific programs next to the Start button. The icons could be invoked by pressing the Win key and a number -- 1 for the first icon, 2 for the second, and so on. Although some diehards still prefer the Quick Launch behavior, it’s been largely supplanted by the “super” taskbar in Win7 and Win8.

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