Monday, December 26, 2016

Movie Maker and Photo Gallery went away on January 10, 2017

Update: This post has been updated to reflect the state of Windows Essentials 2012 now that the deadline has passed.

Microsoft announced it has stopped supporting Movie Maker and Photo Gallery (part of Windows Essentials 2012) as of January 10, 2017.

Here are a few questions and answers:

Are the programs still available for download? 
The web installers and offline installers that used to be available at download.live.com have all been removed. The following response to a question on Microsoft Answers might help:
Where to get a Safe Download of Movie Maker

Where are the Windows Essentials Offline Installers for other languages?
They have all been removed from the Microsoft website.

What happens to Movie Maker (and Photo Gallery) if it is already installed?
Already installed applications will continue to work as they do today but there will be no updates.

What are the recommended alternatives for Movie Maker and Photo Gallery from Microsoft?
The suggested replacement for Photo Gallery is the built-in Photos application, but I leave it to you to decide if that is a true replacement or not. There is no replacement for Movie Maker. The only things in the Windows Store are from 3rd parties or are for short clip making such as Movie Moments.

Update: As part of the Fall Creators Update to Windows 10, Microsoft has announced a "Story Remix" feature inside of Photos. We'll have to see if that can be considered the successor to Movie Maker.

What other options are there? 
ProVideoCoalition has posted their Free Video Editing Software Guide for 2017.