Windows Live Gallery web site has now bee shut down. Microsoft launched the Live Gallery back in 2006, for Windows users to download a wide variety of software gadgets, plug-ins and other applications.
Now, when you visit, the Windows Live Gallery web site -- a brief message stating, "The Windows Live Gallery has been retired. In order to focus support on the much richer set of opportunities available for the newest version of Windows, Microsoft is no longer supporting development or uploading of new Gadgets."
The message, however does states that some of the most popular and highest-rated gadgets are still available on the Gadgets page of the Windows Personalization Gallery.
Microsoft is citing Windows 8 as the reason for the clousre of the Live Gallery.
Developer Preview of Windows 8 which was released at the //BUILD conference on Septermber 16th will include support for downloading apps via the Microsoft Store. "With Windows Developer Preview, developers can create rich app experiences where customers focus on their important tasks. Apps are at the center of the Windows Developer Preview experience and are alive with activity and vibrant content. Users immerse themselves in your full-screen app while Windows gracefully gets out of the way," reads the message on the Live Gallery web site.
"Windows Developer Preview allows you to leverage your existing skills and code assets so you can create great experiences for your customers. Gadget and web developers can now use their HTML5 and CSS3 skills to build native Windows apps. .NET Developers can use XAML, C#, and Visual Basic to build beautiful Metro-style apps. Game developers can use the power of DirectX 11.1 to build amazing, immersive gaming experiences. Driver developers benefit from increased productivity with the new, integrated Visual Studio development environment," Microsoft stated.