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  1. Whodaboss's Avatar
    With the shuttering of Groove it had me thinking over the years what were the programs I loved to use that Microsoft cancelled. Here are mine in no particular order:

    1) Zune/Xbox Music/Groove

    2) Media Center

    3) Messenger

    4) CD Player

    5) Windows Phone ( to include Nokia)

    Honorable mention:

    Microsoft Money
    Encarta
    Microsoft Works
    Last edited by Whodaboss; 10-07-2017 at 07:23 PM.
    10-07-2017 07:03 PM
  2. Vishvjeet Arya's Avatar
    Mine will be:
    1) Windows Movie Maker (It was an ok video editor for editing home movies)
    2) Encarta (They should have at least transformed it into an online encyclopedia)
    3) Groove Music
    4) Windows Phone OS (Although with mixed reality they are killing it but they need a phone OS as we are not into that version of future where everybody put visors over their eyes)
    5) Microsoft Band and it's OS/UI (It was actually a really good piece of gadget)
    Honorable mentions:
    Microsoft Money
    Windows media Center
    Microsoft DVD
    Sunrise calendar and every other app thing they purchase and abandon.
    xandros9, RaRa85 and Whodaboss like this.
    10-08-2017 03:02 AM
  3. aximtreo's Avatar
    Pretty much my list as well. I would add:

    Wells Fargo Bank as very important loss but can get by using website.

    Love your Avatar; brings back some good memories.
    el3302 likes this.
    10-08-2017 08:14 AM
  4. dgr_874's Avatar
    ya, pretty much my list too. Damn I miss Windows Media Center...
    el3302, Kevin Rush, Joe920 and 1 others like this.
    10-08-2017 04:48 PM
  5. tinktoy's Avatar
    Same here...Windows phone major disappointment.
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    10-08-2017 08:49 PM
  6. GhostEchelon's Avatar
    Zune was awesome back then I was going to get the zune hd I loved the look of it. :) Though yes groove is one im not overly thrilled they killed off neither am I mad. MSN Messenger was great I saw no purpose of them closing it hell was a lot better then skype. I still feel till this day it was. As for Media Center it was something sadly I only was able to use it at the time when I had a tv tuner it was neat. As for Microsoft Works. I wasn't sure what to think of it I always felt Microsoft Office was the better program though sometime tells me based on the thread here that Microsoft works was first around before Microsoft office took over.
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    10-08-2017 09:43 PM
  7. darrell reimer's Avatar
    I used Money for years - loved it! Was very sad to see it go. Killing Groove is more painful though...
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    10-08-2017 10:02 PM
  8. Whodaboss's Avatar
    ...MSN Messenger was great I saw no purpose of them closing it hell was a lot better then skype. I still feel till this day it was. As for Media Center it was something sadly I only was able to use it at the time when I had a tv tuner it was neat...
    I agree with you 100% on Messenger. It was far better than Skype. As for Media Center I still use it on my Windows 8.1 computer. Of course all the features don't work but the Music play is so awesome - it has that Zune look and feel. But when you use the photo slide show feature in music it is so beautiful. I mean there should be a special photo app or program just using that feature. Microsoft builds such beautiful things only to kill them.
    10-08-2017 10:46 PM
  9. Whodaboss's Avatar
    I used Money for years - loved it! Was very sad to see it go. Killing Groove is more painful though...
    I loved Money. The graphics were beautiful. The entire program was just awesome. At the time I used Money as my primary and Quicken as a backup. Then the canceled Money and I've been using Quicken ever since.

    Yes. The shuttering of Groove is really painful at the moment. I'll move my stuff to Spotify for now. But I might end up on Pandora.
    10-08-2017 10:52 PM
  10. GhostEchelon's Avatar
    Let's not forget Windows mobile 6.1 since it software. I loved how easy it was to skin it and tweak the colors. 6.5 left a meh feeling. Oh and let's not forget Windows longhorn. I know it was beta but boy was it awesome with its aero look and feel. Vista was ok but longhorn look awesome.
    10-08-2017 11:03 PM
  11. IndyJG's Avatar
    A couple of these are not technically canceled but are suffering from a slow death from neglect, but my list would include:

    1) Windows Phone/Mobile in all iterations
    2) Zune/Xbox Music/Groove
    3) Kinect
    4) Socl
    5) Microsoft Money
    6) Xbox Fitness
    7) Microsoft Health & Fitness and the Band
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    10-09-2017 09:31 AM
  12. Whodaboss's Avatar
    A couple of these are not technically canceled but are suffering from a slow death from neglect, but my list would include:

    1) Windows Phone/Mobile in all iterations
    2) Zune/Xbox Music/Groove
    3) Kinect
    4) Socl
    5) Microsoft Money
    6) Xbox Fitness
    7) Microsoft Health & Fitness and the Band
    How could I forget Kinect. I have three. Microsoft was so far ahead in this space and couldn't or didn't capitalize. I still have some Xbox Fitness videos on my Xbox One. You could earn more videos with more completed workouts. Socl another site Microsoft just didn't market whatsoever. Sad.
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    10-09-2017 10:25 AM
  13. Keith White Jr's Avatar
    I loved the screen mirroring app on Xbox one. It let me mirror my Lumia and my Surface RT 2 on my TV. But now it crashes as soon as I try to open it.
    10-14-2017 09:58 AM
  14. anon(8063781)'s Avatar
    1. Zune. The desktop software. So elegant.
    2. Zune. The device software. I liked it better than Windows phone and thought that they missed the opportunity to build the phone software around that great typographical interface.
    3. MSN Messenger. I used to end up chatting with a lot of friends of friends, because it was actually social.
    4. Windows Mobile. The today screen. Still not really replicated. Palm OS was quite similar in its final incarnation.
    5. Progman.exe. Just kidding.
    Last edited by Shuswap; 10-14-2017 at 10:16 AM. Reason: Typos
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    10-14-2017 10:10 AM
  15. Keith White Jr's Avatar
    I loved the screen mirroring app on Xbox one. It let me mirror my Lumia and my Surface RT 2 on my TV. But now it crashes as soon as I try to open it.
    I forgot it was a list of 5 lol.

    1) Xbox One Wireless Display app
    2) W10M
    3) Windows RT
    4) MS Band
    5) Windows Movie Maker
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    10-14-2017 10:27 AM
  16. Groover1971's Avatar
    There was one app that never seemed to make it to the public. They showed it to us at a Bing get together a couple of years ago. I can't remember the name of it but it used location and AI camera recognition to create various memes automatically based on that information. It looked pretty cool.
    12-13-2017 10:17 PM
  17. Adventurer64's Avatar
    Windows 10 Mobile
    Microsoft Band / Health (Still use Band 2, but will sorely miss when my 3rd and last one dies)
    Movie Maker (Dang it, why kill a great, quick movie editor)
    Media Center
    Widgets for Desktop
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    12-13-2017 11:04 PM
  18. RaRa85's Avatar
    Windows Movie Maker FTW!
    People Hub
    Games Hub
    Picture Hub
    Anything that was a Hub
    12-16-2017 08:00 PM
  19. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    I'm surprised that there are comments about software that still exists and still functions, but these people miss it even though they stopped using it. They stopped supporting something they liked. The people that quit are, in some way, part of the problem.

    Microsoft Money, Zune, and Windows Media Center were written back in the day when software was written so well that it still functions today. No need for constant updates. We use all three and they are still amazing. Microsoft money lost some of its ability to download data from our banks and investments but a developer wrote a tool that solves it.
    Windows Media Center is still functioning as a whole house media system throughout our house. I set up another new system six months ago using HD HomeRun Prime.

    Even the Zune software is still available for download and has many of it's amazing functions. Great visuals!

    Support what you like, or be part of the problem.
    Last edited by Kevin Rush; 12-18-2017 at 09:21 AM.
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    12-16-2017 09:11 PM
  20. Whodaboss's Avatar
    I'm surprised that there are comments about software that still exists and still functions, but these people miss it even though they stopped using it. They stopped supporting something they liked. The people that quit are, in some way, part of the problem..
    Great point! I still use many of the items I listed. But...., they are not mainstream any longer. Microsoft has stopped supporting these programs. It's not like some of them are totally gone. They are just removed from consumers space they are no longer advertised/promoted. And that in the long run makes them seem as though they no longer exist.
    01-21-2018 07:23 PM
  21. Adventurer64's Avatar
    OK, how do I get Movie Maker today? It's still on some of my older PC's because I installed before it disappeared. And I still use it on those PC's. But, I can't find Movie Maker on MS website anywhere. Do I need to copy the .exe file from and older PC to the newer one?
    01-25-2018 08:32 PM
  22. RafReavis's Avatar
    ms zune
    03-24-2018 08:35 PM
  23. anon(10440410)'s Avatar
    #1 - MS Money - There are no personal finance apps of the caliber of MS Money (or for that matter Intuit Mint, which Intuit pulled in 2015) on the MS Store. MS prides themselves on being the platform of productive people. But I have to ask, what could possibly be more productive than personal and small business finance?

    They could even create a cloud version and bundle it with Office Online. They could create a Win32 version and bundle it with Office 365. Having MS Money would be the product that would put me over the top and get me to actually pony up the monthly/yearly subscription.

    #2 - Groove - A truly great app, and no good reason for this senseless killing other than Nadella hubris... chasing the AI dream.

    #3 - Movie Maker

    #4 - Windows 10 mobile - Should MS release Andromeda this year all will be forgiven.

    #5 - Skype - I know technically that still exists, but there's a lot of anger about it. It duplicates contacts 1/2 the time. On some of them I can SMS, on others I cannot. And it's different versions of the SAME contact. It's confusing. I can "send" SMS messages, but I can't receive them? And it doesn't do audio messages like Voxer. It's angered so many people I fear its days are numbered.
    04-13-2018 12:41 AM

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