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

Gadgets

Born in Windows Vista, died in Windows 8. A more uniform and size-constrained cousin of the Active Desktop, gadgets were hailed as another killer app in Vista. Per Program Manager Brian Teutsch, "Anything you've ever seen in a Web page and then some will be possible in a desktop gadget." Last month, a team of security researchers showed how gadgets present inordinate security risks, and Microsoft released a patch that disables gadgets entirely. Win8 doesn’t support gadgets.

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