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

From revolutionary to roadkill

With the final version of Windows 8 now out and about, we can confirm that it’s killed off many Windows 7 features. That's nothing new: Over the years, Windows has spawned -- and then annihilated -- hundreds of technologies. Windows 8 may be an extreme case, in terms of numbers, but it’s by no mean the first version of Windows to kill features that were ballyhooed as must-have reasons to upgrade just a few years before. Let’s step down memory lane and see what’s gone by the wayside, paying our respects as we go.

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