Windows & Interoperability: 10 Microsoft Applications That Bit the Dust (or Soon Will)

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-08-06 Print this article Print
10 Microsoft Applications That Bit the Dust (or Soon Will)

10 Microsoft Applications That Bit the Dust (or Soon Will)

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Microsoft has had a number of successes in its history, but also a number of products that either flopped spectacularly or fell behind the times. As Microsoft seeks to retool its corporate strategy, it has decided over the past few months to ax many of these applications, some of them longtime staples such as Encarta and Money Plus. Other products, including Soapbox, were rolled out as competitors to offerings from other companies but never found traction in the marketplace. Still others underwent a rebranding, a la Bing, in an attempt to get a fresh start. The following slide show bids farewell to a cross-section of these products and suggests a few others—such as the Zune—that may not be long for this world.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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