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Eight products Microsoft has killed in 2010

From Windows XP SP2 to the Kin Phone

Microsoft recently withdrew support and patches for Windows XP SP2. The move marks the latest in a string of moves by the company to kill of products and technologies that either outlived their uselessness or never became useful in the first place. We look at the eight products that have been withdrawn by Microsoft this year.

Response Point VoIP

Microsoft said it will stop selling its Response Point phone system on August 31, clearing the way for its Office Communications Server to lead the company's VoIP charge. The move came as little surprise, because Microsoft moved Response Point to 'engineering maintenance status' last year and laid off some employees in the Response Point product group.

The Response Point VoIP system was designed for small businesses with up to 50 employees.

Microsoft Certified Architect Solutions and Infrastructure certifications

Microsoft says it has discontinued these certifications and is offering for the rest of this year to those with the certifications a one-year membership in the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) and funding to help get an IASA certification, or fund a three-year membership in the Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA). Microsoft says it launched these certifications in 2004, before the industry had other established organisations dedicated to the architectural profession.

Windows Essential Business Server

Microsoft in March announced in a blog post that it would stop further development of EBS after June 30, though it will continue to support the product. One blogger wrote at the time of the announcement that the product for midsize businesses was being nixed in part to pave way for the company's new cloud strategy.

In the Microsoft post, the company said it's seen its customers shift away from EBS and "towards technologies such as management, virtualisation and cloud computing as a means to cut costs, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness".

See also: Analysis: What would happen if Microsoft died?

  1. From Windows XP SP2 to the Kin Phone
  2. The courier tablet
  3. Response Point VoIP

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