Discontinued Microsoft Creative Software

For the Artist in All of Us

What follows is a list of all deprecated Microsoft software with a creative slant -- meaning, software that allows you to create or consume media. Admittedly it's a broad definition, but it's an interesting space to explore in Microsoft's product history.

A lot of research went into creating this catalog, but as you can imagine, information can be hard to find about many of Microsoft's applications from the early days. Please contact us if you have more items to add to the list, or discover inaccuracies. Thanks!

This article is part of a series. Return home to all discontinued Microsoft products.

Last updated November 10, 2019.

Microsoft Fine Artist (1994)

Lifespan: 1 year
Fine Artist was a title aimed at allowing kids create art and paintings easily. The program was set in a world called Imaginopolis. It was available for MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, and the Mac. According to the October 11, 1994 issue of PC Magazine, it retailed for $49.95.

Microsoft Fine Artist Splash Screen (1994)

Microsoft Fine Artist Splash Screen (1994)
Source: classicreload.com

Microsoft Fine Artist Image Editor (1994)

Microsoft Fine Artist Image Editor (1994)
Source: tumblr.com

Microsoft Creative Writer (1993-1997)

Lifespan: 4 years
Creative Writer was a child-focused word processor set in the fictitous world of Imaginopolis (like its companion title MS Fine Artist). It retailed for $64.95 in 1994 (June 14, 1994 PC Magazine).

Microsoft Creative Writer Splash Screen (1994)

Microsoft Creative Writer Splash Screen (1994)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft 3D Movie Maker (1995-1996)

Lifespan: 1 year
3D Movie Maker allowed children to author 3D stories and movies in preset digital worlds. It was originally made for Windows 95. There was also a subsequent version called Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker with licensed characters from the television network.

3D Movie Maker Box Cover and Loading Screen (1996)

3D Movie Maker Box Cover and Loading Screen (1996)
Source: reddit.com

Microsoft GIF Animator (1996)

Lifespan: 1 year
GIF Animator was released in a time when animated images were a new novelty to most people. It was a simple freeware app that served its purpose well.

Microsoft GIF Animator About Screen and Workspace (1996)

Microsoft GIF Animator About Screen and Workspace (1996)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Image Composer (1993-1998)

Lifespan: 5 years
Image Composer was a straightforward image editor with the typical tools you'd expect from an entry-level program. The application came bundled with Microsoft FrontPage 97 and 98.

Microsoft Image Composer Workspace and Splash Screen (1997)

Microsoft Image Composer Workspace and Splash Screen (1997)
Source: cottontech.com

Microsoft PhotoDraw (1995-2000)

Lifespan: 5 years

Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 About Screen (2000)

Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 About Screen (2000)
Source: blogspot.com

Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 Workspace (2000)

Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 Workspace (2000)
Source: instructables.com

Imaging for Windows (1995-2002)

Lifespan: 7 years

Imaging for Windows (2000)

Imaging for Windows (2000)
Source: techrepublic.com

Microsoft Photo Editor (1997-2003)

Lifespan: 6 years

Microsoft Photo Editor Workspace (2000)

Microsoft Photo Editor Workspace (2000)
Source: appatic.com

Microsoft Picture It! (1996-2005)

Lifespan: 9 years

Microsoft Picture It! 2.0 About Screen (1997)

Microsoft Picture It! 2.0 About Screen (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft Digital Image (2003-2006)

Lifespan: 3 years

Microsoft Digital Image 2006 Editor Workspace (2006)

Microsoft Digital Image 2006 Editor Workspace (2006)
Source: photohowto.info

Microsoft Photo Story (2006)

Lifespan: 1 year

Microsoft Photo Story Interface (2006)

Microsoft Photo Story Interface (2006)
Source: baixaki.com.br

Microsoft FrontPage (1995-2007)

Lifespan: 12 years

Microsoft FrontPage 97 Splash Screen (1997)

Microsoft FrontPage 97 Splash Screen (1997)
Source: winworldpc.com

Microsoft FrontPage 98 WYSIWYG Editor (1998)

Microsoft FrontPage 98 WYSIWYG Editor (1998)
Source: 101.lv

Microsoft Portable Media Center (2004-2007)

Lifespan: 3 years

IRiver Device Powered By Microsoft Portable Media Center (2005)

IRiver Device Powered By Microsoft Portable Media Center (2005)
Source: walmart.com

Microsoft TrueSpace (1994-2009)

Lifespan: 15 years

TrueSpace Interface (2008)

TrueSpace Interface (2008)
Source: schrankmonster.de

Microsoft AutoCollage (2008-2009)

Lifespan: 1 year

Microsoft AutoCollage 2008 (2008)

Microsoft AutoCollage 2008 (2008)
Source: maxiorel.com

Microsoft Expression Media (2006-2010)

Lifespan: 4 years

Microsoft Expression Media 2 Image Catalog (2008)

Microsoft Expression Media 2 Image Catalog (2008)
Source: screenshots-archive.com

Microsoft Zune Software (2006-2012)

Lifespan: 6 years

Zune Desktop Software (2010)

Zune Desktop Software (2010)
Source: superuser.com

Microsoft Expression Design (2007-2012)

Lifespan: 5 years

Microsoft Expression Design Workspace and Splash Screen (2012)

Microsoft Expression Design Workspace and Splash Screen (2012)
Source: davescomputertips.com

Microsoft Expression Design Workspace (2012)

Microsoft Expression Design Workspace (2012)
Source: theflyingmaverick.com

Microsoft Expression Encoder (2007-2012)

Lifespan: 5 years

Microsoft Expression Encoder Workspace (2012)

Microsoft Expression Encoder Workspace (2012)
Source: davescomputertips.com

Microsoft Expression Web (2006-2012)

Lifespan: 6 years

Microsoft Expression Web Workspace (2012)

Microsoft Expression Web Workspace (2012)
Source: freewarefiles.com

Windows Desktop Gadgets (2006-2012)

Lifespan: 6 years

Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets (2009)

Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets (2009)
Source: mintywhite.com

Windows DVD Maker (2007-2012)

Lifespan: 5 years

Windows DVD Maker on Windows 7 (2010)

Windows DVD Maker on Windows 7 (2010)
Source: youtube.com

Windows Photo Viewer (2002-2012)

Lifespan: 10 years

Windows Photo Viewer (2011)

Windows Photo Viewer (2011)
Source: youtube.com

Microsoft Office Picture Manager (2003-2013)

Lifespan: 10 years

Microsoft Office Picture Manager 2013 Image Editor (2013)

Microsoft Office Picture Manager 2013 Image Editor (2013)
Source: youtube.com

Windows Media Encoder (2003-2013)

Lifespan: 10 years

Microsoft Office Picture Manager 2013 Image Editor (2013)

Microsoft Office Picture Manager 2013 Image Editor (2013)
Source: youtube.com

Windows Live Writer (2007-2014)

Lifespan: 7 years

Windows Live Writer 2012 Interface (2012)

Windows Live Writer 2012 Interface (2012)
Source: wordpress.com

Windows Media Center (2002-2015)

Lifespan: 13 years

Windows Media Center Interface on Windows XP (2007)

Windows Media Center Interface on Windows XP (2007)
Source: networkcomputing.com

Windows Journal (2002-2016)

Lifespan: 14 years

Windows Journal Interface on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (2002)

Windows Journal Interface on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (2002)
Source: anandtech.com

Microsoft PhotoSynth (2008-2017)

Lifespan: 9 years

PhotoSynth User Interface (2017)

PhotoSynth User Interface (2017)
Source: wordpress.com

Windows Movie Maker (2000-2017)

Lifespan: 17 years

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2.0 on Windows XP (2002)

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2.0 on Windows XP (2002)
Source: blogspot.com

Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 (2009)

Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 (2009)
Source: cnet.com

Windows Photo Gallery (2003-2017)

Lifespan: 14 years

Windows Live Photo Gallery (2012)

Windows Live Photo Gallery (2012)
Source: informer.com

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