Microsoft seems to have added in a thousand and one features in Windows 8.1, the first upgrade to its Windows 8 operating system, but the company has removed more than a few features too.

Skype, for example, now serves as the default Messaging app in the upcoming OS.

And while the vanilla Windows 8 was a bit of a buffet in some aspects, Redmond seems to be aiming for specialization in Windows 8.1. Several large companies and websites have recently confirmed that they have begun development of official Metro clients for the Windows platform.

Facebook is one company that has announced development of an official Metro app.

Now, the recently leaked beta version of the OS (Windows 8.1 build 9471) confirmed that Microsoft is not bringing support for Facebook and Flickr in the default Photos app. This leaked build is said to be very close to how the RTM version of Windows 8.1 will look.

Users have been asking for this feature since the release of Windows 8.1 Preview.

But Microsoft, without providing too many details, confirmed a few weeks ago that it will be removing support for third-party photo sharing services for a number of reasons. First up is the fact that there are already a lot of programs in the Windows Store that support such a feature.

And second is the confirmation that the companies and services themselves are working on developing their very own official apps, which should make their way to the Windows Store soon.

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  • Rodney Longoria

    That’d be fine if the other companies apps show-off the photos on their live tiles, but I doubt Facebook will do so but Flickr definitely would. However, flipping live tiles like the Bing app does would be cool (in Facebook’s case).