Microsoft Says That Some Windows 8.1 Features Are Intentionally Missing

There never really was a doubt about the fact that apps are downright essential for Microsoft’s newest platform. Metro apps in the Windows Store regularly feature in the company’s promotion, events and everything in between.

Nevertheless, while Redmond has added in a lot of enhancements and features in Windows 8.1, it has also removed some of the features that were part of the package earlier.

Some may call this a bit of a drawback for users, Microsoft claims that it is because the Windows Store now hosts a variety of apps — and these user-friendly tools help with every little thing one would want to do on a PC.

A Microsoft employee wrote on the company’s official forums:

“In Windows 8, we wanted to provide a way for folks to view their photos on other services knowing there would be few (if any) apps in the store at launch that would do so. Now there are many apps in the store that offer ways to view photos on other services and soon there will even be a Facebook app from Facebook.”

If you were wondering, the discussion was about the Photos app that actually removes support for Facebook, SkyDrive and Flickr images. Meaning this is app can now only be used to access photos that are stored locally.

The Redmond employee confirmed that Facebook is working on an official dedicated Metro client, and says the software titan is confident that other large companies, including Flickr, will follow suit.

“We’re confident Facebook will offer great ways to view and engage socially with photos on Facebook. We welcome Flickr to do the same. In addition, the People app still offers the ability to socially engage with your friends and even your own photos.”

So there you have it, folks. The notion “there’s an app for everything” never felt truer.

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  • Rodney Longoria

    We’ve noticed! I miss the Bing app most of all but there is a work-around (albeit not as good). The Bing desktop app can’t be installed either but I don’t miss that so much as some might. I do wish they will add back the Modern Bing app at some point.

    Also, I don’t care to have a full-blown Facebook app installed on my computer. That kind of scares me, actually (in light of recent privacy reports)!

    A Flickr app would be great, so would a Gmail app. Frankly, what’s out there now … sucks!

    When are YOU guys going Modern, by the way? LOL! 🙂

  • John

    I have noticed. They did not include all the start screen backgrounds from videos, and the start button does not flip around when you log in.

  • TriW

    I miss the messaging app in windows 8.1 and I’m really dissapointed they change it to skype app.