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Microsoft axes Digital Image Suite

The software maker quietly dumps its consumer photo-editing program, noting that elements of the technology did make their way into Windows Vista.

Microsoft is discontinuing one of its products, and I'm bummed.

Having one less piece of software to write about is no big deal, but this particular program happens to be one I actually used--a lot. Microsoft's Digital Image Suite served as my introduction to photo editing and photo manipulation. I've since taken to using both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, but just this week I installed Digital Image Suite on the Windows portion of my iMac so I could keep using it as well.

Digital Image Suite in action
A picture of some orangutans I took at the San Diego Zoo, after some magic with Microsoft's Digital Image Suite Ina Fried/CNET

Microsoft noted the change with a on its Web site.

"Microsoft has discontinued its line of Digital Image Suite products," the software maker said. "Many of the digital imaging features and tools that have been enjoyed for years now can be found in new Microsoft titles and services including Windows Vista."

Windows Vista's built-in photo organizing program does mirror some of the album features of Digital Image Suite, but offers few of the program's editing abilities. The move should be a bit of nice news for Adobe, whose Photoshop Elements now has a little less competition, though Microsoft is stepping further on Adobe's toes in plenty of other areas.

As for Digital Image Studio, Redmond says it will continue to sell the copies that are already in stores and will support the product through April 30, 2010.

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