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12.04.10

Help Needed: Dead/Cancelled Microsoft Products

Posted in Microsoft, Site News at 7:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Praying clasped hands

Summary: Request for quick reports about Microsoft products which are being killed by Microsoft

In late 2008 we began assembling a bunch of posts about products that Microsoft had begun axing. In 2009 we turned this into an editable Wiki page, which has so far been viewed over 7,553 times in non-cached requests (our server has a cache proxy in front of it, so some pages are delivered without the Web server ‘knowing’ about it, especially the Wiki index which got around 100 times that number).

“When civil disobedience becomes the norm it usually means the law needs to be amended.”Now that Microsoft’s WHS seems to be dying and we no longer keep a close eye on Microsoft, we need readers to report to us when a Microsoft product dies so that we can add it to the list. We have probably missed several already.

Microsoft does not matter all that much anymore, but documenting its “death spiral” (Microsoft terminology) is worthwhile. Keeping a list of dead products is one logical way. Please report to us (preferably via IRC) if we missed something. Today we do a special series of posts about patents (a phenomenon/law), not a company. It will probably be more effective and it’s a subject that affects me personally as I am coding all weekend and with patents on basic things like a progress bar, it is clear that there are injustices like criminalisation of all programmers. When civil disobedience becomes the norm it usually means the law needs to be amended.

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