Microsoft has removed the web page that lists available Windows 7 gadgets because they “want to focus on the exciting possibilities of the newest version of Windows”. How much energy were they able to refocus by removing one static web page? The honest message would be:
We’ve removed this because we want to you to buy Windows 8’s tiled interface instead.
If the disappearing gadgets aren’t shifty enough, consider this month’s patent application for delivering content to a licensed number of user devices. The description would apply to distribution systems I’ve worked on over the last twenty years, and it’s a dead ringer for how QuickFlix (the antipodean equivalent of NetFlix) operates.
Is this desperation? Or is Microsoft just learning all the wrong lessons from its competitors?