One of the features that made Windows 7 attractive to some people has been the “Gadgets”. Where you could place a clock, weather, stock ticker, or other gadget on your screen sidebar.
Well, it appears that back in September, Microsoft in their infinite wisdom dropped that feature… If you visit their website looking for gadgets, you will be told that the Windows Live Gallery has been retired “in order to focus support on the much richer set of opportunities available for the newest version of Windows”. You will find only a few options for downloading new gadgets.
Your existing gadgets are there and function fine, but there is no support from MS.
This is presumably in preparation for Microsoft Windows 8, which has a totally different way of handling these live tiles, or gadgets.