Because we want to focus on the exciting possibilities of the newest version of Windows, the Windows website no longer hosts the gadget gallery.
Gadgets installed from untrusted sources can harm your computer and can access your computer's files, show you objectionable content, or change their behavior at any time. If you are concerned about the safety of gadgets you've downloaded in the past, you can learn more about gadgets and steps you can take to protect your PC.
OK?! Great, I understand that MS won't be updating the Gadget api etc., but shutting off the whole gadget-hosting site, even though W7 is still fully supported and all?
Great way to inspire confidence in your products! Where's the guarantee that the Win 8 Store won't be closed two months before/after the Win 9 release, if W9 will have a different API/store mechanism?
Oh, and I know there is a "reason": http://www.zdnet.com/security-flaws-signal-early-death-of-windows-gadgets-7000000724/
Microsoft is pulling the plug on the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets platform ahead of news that security vulnerabilities will be disclosed at this year's Black Hat conference.
MS: As many of you are aware, Windows 8 will deprecate the Sidebar and Gadgets, and Gadget developers are already shifting their efforts to the online Windows Store. Meanwhile, we've discovered that some Vista and Win7 gadgets don't adhere to secure coding practices and should be regarded as causing risk to the systems on which they're run. With time running out for the Sidebar and Gadgets and with developers already moving on, we've chosen to deprecate the Windows Gadget Gallery effective immediately, and to provide a Fix it to help sysadmins disable Gadgets and the Sidebar across their enterprises.
Oh, please! How about fixing the bugs? Windows 7 hasn't even reached extended support! By this logic, IE6 should have been forcefully deprecated years ago.
I just don't buy it that the gadget rendering engine is this broken, that faulty HTML/CSS can create a completely unfixable vulnerability. And the timing.. just great! Win 8 is coming! Quick, get this patch to disable our in-house Metro apps competitor! Grab it now.
This move epitomizes "Nu Microsoft".