Microsoft has made the decision to remove Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Mail and Windows Movie Maker from the operating system. Microsoft has instead opted to offer separate Windows Live versions of the software to replace these programs.
Now from an Administrative perspective this makes complete sense. For years I have been trying to understand why we would include Movie Maker, Photo Gallery or even (for XP systems) Messenger.
I understood the Outlook Express and Windows Mail programs, since we did have some organizations that would not opt for Microsoft Office. The latter two would provide at least some semblance of Outlook.
However, the need to separate the corporate versions of Windows from the home user versions is long overdue. I cannot even count how many home systems I have come across where users are not even aware of what some of those applications do, or that they are even there.
Without a question we are seeing a step away from the status quo and I am convinced that this has a lot to do with luke-warm reception Microsoft received for Windows Vista.
Now I have made it no secret that I like Windows Vista. However, I can understand why people are taken back by it as well. I believe Windows 7 will look to alleviate some of that negative feeling and these moves are definitely taking a large step in that direction.
I echo the sentiment of one of my colleagues, J. Peter Bruzzese, who wrote an article in response to Vista being another Windows Me. Peter pointed out that although Windows Me was reviled, in fact many of the great features that we loved in Windows XP had their birth in Windows Me.
Windows Vista has added some great new features to the Windows operating system including UAC (even if you hate it you know it is a great feature), Bit Locker and Windows meeting space. These are some truly enterprise-class applications that will no doubt return and come to be appreciated in the near future.
As we await the news about Windows 7 and hold on with bated breath to see what else it will change (or leave the same), one thing is for sure: this operating system looks like it will be a faster, performance driven and an apparently trimmed down version of Windows.
Lets hope that the product lives up to all the hype we have seen thus far. It would be nice to have that warm fuzzy feeling we all felt when we first saw Windows XP. Heres hoping we can bring back some of that nostalgia.