Windows Live Gallery

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Not to be confused with Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Windows Live Gallery
The Windows Live Gallery logo.
Windows Live Gallery homepage
Windows Live Gallery homepage
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release
13.0.1180.0516 / June 15, 2008; 8 years ago (2008-06-15)
Development status Discontinued on October 1, 2011; 4 years ago (2011-10-01)
Type software widgets

Windows Live Gallery (codenamed Customise) was a part of Windows Live range of services. It was a center for gadgets, extensions and add-ons for Windows and Windows Live services.

Windows Live Gallery was officially retired on October 1, 2011.[1]


Since its launch on July 24, 2006,[2] Windows Live Gallery held repository for the following Windows and Windows Live services and products:

Service Reason for removal from Windows Live Gallery
Gadgets for's successor Windows Live Personalized Experience was discontinued on March 30, 2010[3]
Gadgets for Windows Live Spaces and Windows Live Events Gadgets on Windows Live Spaces were removed in June 2010,[4] Windows Live Events discontinued on September 3, 2009[5] Collections's successor Windows Live Personalized Experience was discontinued on March 30, 2010[3]
Windows Live Toolbar Buttons and Custom Buttons Windows Live Toolbar discontinued since the launch of Windows Live Essentials 2011 (Wave 4)
Windows Search add-ins and applications Replaced by IFilters
Live Search Macros Live Search Macros discontinued since the launch of Bing on June 3, 2009
Windows Live Agents Windows Live Agents was discontinued in Summer 2009[6]
Windows Live Messenger Emoticons, Winks, Display Pictures and Activities Replaced by third-party services such as Quebles and WeeMee
Windows Live Writer add-ins Replaced by on December 13, 2010[7]
Windows Desktop Gadgets Discontinued in favor of Metro-styled apps in Windows 8.[1] Several highest-rated gadgets remain available on Windows Personalization Gallery.
Windows SideShow Discontinued in favor of Metro-styled apps in Windows 8.[1]


Windows Live Gallery integrated the Microsoft Points micropayment system which also powers Zune and Xbox Live purchases. It created a marketplace for developers to showcase their works, and if chose to, receive payment for their efforts. Developers who have partnered with Windows Live Gallery could set up their own virtual shops.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Looking for gadgets?
  2. ^ Windows Live Gallery Beta launches today
  3. ^ a b decommission delayed until March 30, 2010
  4. ^ Windows Live Solution Center - Removed the ability to add Gadgets to Spaces
  5. ^ Windows Live Calendar updated, Events discontinued
  6. ^ Windows Live Agents 5.1 SDK released, to be retired in 2009
  7. ^ A (new?) home for Windows Live plugins:
  8. ^ Windows Live Gallery gets update - Adds Microsoft Points for micropayments Retrieved on 2007-10-26

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