Windows & Interoperability: Google Buzz, Windows XP Rank on Halloween 'Zombie Tech' List

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-10-28 Print this article Print
Google Buzz, Windows XP Rank on Halloween 'Zombie Tech' List

Google Buzz, Windows XP Rank on Halloween 'Zombie Tech' List

Google Buzz, Windows XP Rank on Halloween 'Zombie Tech' Listby Nicholas Kolakowski
Considering the sheer scale on which many new technologies are deployed, it can take some time for those same technologies to fade away - even when they've become increasingly outdated, outsold and never used. Just in time for Halloween, eWEEK presents some of the most prominent examples of tech that continue to stick around, zombie-like, past its optimum lifespan. Of course, there are several types of zombie technology. Software such as Windows XP may be eclipsed by newer versions-but so many people use the older product, it refuses to go away. Other products—take Google Buzz, for instance —continue to exist despite their failure to overcome a dominant competitor. Still others, such as Yahoo Search, operate as a shell or front, with their backend powered by a completely different company or technology. That's not to say that people hate their zombie technology. To the contrary, some IT pros continue to cling to analog phones or tape backup solutions. And at least a few consumers must love their Zune HD. But when it comes to the dead-tech dustbin, the following products top the short-list for disposal.
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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