Microsoft starts stripping away features from the dying Windows 7

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about technology ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. He's a PC enthusiast and he... read more
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It seems like Microsoft has already started stripping away features from the dying Windows 7, as it is approaching its end of life deadline (January 14 2020). The shocking news is that Windows 7 users will no longer be able to download metadata from those services that are using Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player.

Those who don’t know about metadata, the information including title, genre, artist, cover art, actors and directors. The metadata was previously being downloaded from the Microsoft Services. Apart from Windows 7, the Windows Media Center app that is available in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have been affected as a result of the recent move by Microsoft.

Microsoft decided to discontinue the feature just after looking at the usage data and feedback regarding the article. So the potential reason might be the lack of usage of the application. All other versions of Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center have been affected as a result.

Based on this statement we can assume that the feedback and usage have been better in case of Windows 10. Moreover, it is extremely disappointing for the users to observe a feature removed from the most trusted app they have been using for years.

The tech giant has made a promise to its users that the existing metadata will not be affected as a result of the removal and the already downloaded metadata will also be available for the users as well. However, you won’t be able to download metadata for the newly added media.

Is Microsoft pushing Windows 7 users to upgrade their PCs?

It can be a potential attempt for forcing around 700 million users of Windows 7 operating system to upgrade to Windows 10. The recent move suggests that Microsoft might be planning for some similar actions in future.

The fact that Windows 7 is extremely popular in workplaces, the motive behind the action can be reducing the usefulness of the operating system for the users. If you are a Windows 7 users it is recommended that you should make a switch as soon as possible for continued support.


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