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05.30.10

Microsoft Gets Rid of Another Microsoft Product

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Vista 7, Windows at 4:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Barco Almirante Monteiro

Summary: Microsoft says goodbye to Expression Media

MICROSOFT’S list of dead products is growing rapidly. Once in a while, rather than kill a product or a division Microsoft just sells it to someone else (for better or for worse). One large and recent example would be Razorfish

This week’s news is that Microsoft Expression Media is no more. Microsoft lets it go. Coverage of this was quite extensive:

Here is Microsoft’s press release which PR Fried was dressing it up a bit:

Microsoft said on Tuesday it has unloaded its Expression Media photo catalog product, selling it to medium-format digital camera maker Phase One.

[...]

Microsoft said the deal was arranged by Microsoft’s IP Ventures unit, which licenses or sells technology that Microsoft decides is no longer strategic.

Microsoft is axing products at a high pace (decreasing the size of its portfolio). Attempts to make new products like Slate are failing for Microsoft [1, 2, 3] because Vista 7 is dropped (to be replaced by a Linux-based operating system). No wonder even Apple is worth more than Microsoft at this stage. Microsoft’s forecast just isn’t so encouraging, regardless of Microsoft’s size.

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