This fall, Microsoft confirmed that it will be closing down its Windows Essentials suite of apps. We knew the shuttering would happen in January, but now the date has been set and Windows Essentials will cease to exist on January 10, 2017. At the moment, it is possible to download the Essentials suite. Of course, that will undoubtedly change next month when the closing date passes. Microsoft believes that it has adequate replacements for the apps that made up Windows Essentials. We are not sure about that as many Windows 10 replacements still feel incomplete. However, with the way users download apps, offering all services in a single suite is now unnecessary. Windows Essentials has been around since the days of Windows XP. It was announced in August 2006 with applications that Microsoft thought would appeal to most users. By time Windows 7 had rolled around, Essentials had a large number of apps. Some of the most familiar apps for the suite include Windows Live Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, Mesh, and Messenger Companion. These free tools were, for the most part, excellent applications. Some of the apps in Essentials will be moved to the Windows Store, like Movie Maker. Now that many of Microsoft's apps also cross to mobile devices, allowing them to be downloaded individually make more sense.
Microsoft Closing Windows Essentials on January 10
The final date for Windows Essentials is confirmed for Jan. 10, 2017. The apps included in the suite will have different fates, but has Microsoft adequately replaced the best of Essentials apps?