Our friend (and now MVP colleague) Travis Pope just alerted us that the Windows Live Gallery (gallery.live.com), at one time a repository for gadgets, emoticons, and plugins for Spaces, Writer, Messenger, and more, is no longer, not that it comes as much of a surprise.
Currently, if you try to access gallery.live.com, or try to get to Writer plugins through the “Add plug-in” option in Windows Live Writer, you’ll see this:
Looking for gadgets?
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. However, some of the most popular and highest-rated gadgets are still available on the Gadgets page of the Windows Personalization Gallery.
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Of course, that’s probably not what you’re looking for. If you are still in need of Writer (or Movie Maker, or Photo Gallery) plugins, luckily you can still get to them, even though the explanation isn’t much help. Just go to plugins.live.com:
Last August, developers were asked to move their plugins, at first they were asked to host them on their own SkyDrive accounts only, but later Microsoft relented and agreed to host at least some of the .msi files at plugins.live.com.
At one time, gallery.live.com was hosting some 27 million page views a month, so it’s kind of sad to see that we’ve gone from that to a point where it has been retired and we barely notice.