Which dead Microsoft product would you like to see brought back for Halloween?
In honor of Halloween, we'd like to know which Microsoft product you want to be brought back from the dead.
It's the spookiest time of the year, Halloween. In honor of the holiday, we have a horrific poll this weekend. We'd like to know which Microsoft product or service you'd like to see brought back from the dead. From MSN Messenger to the Windows 10 Start menu, Microsoft has a kill count higher than Michael Myers. In fact, it was difficult to keep the list of options short enough to make a functional poll. So: If you could pick just one item to have Microsoft resurrect, which would it be?
We expect Windows Phone to take the lion's share of the votes, but there are some other beloved Microsoft services that have been buried over the years. Many miss Windows Media Center being the center of the living room. There are still Zune enthusiasts, including one fan who made a digital coffee book dedicated to the history of the music player. Others mourned the end of Minecraft Earth.
If your favorite dead Microsoft product or service didn't make the list, please share it in the comments below. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, you can check out Killed by Microsoft for a complete list of everything the company has axed over the years.
Some Microsoft services are already honoring the spirit of Halloween. The Kinect is being used by ghost hunters looking to search out the undead. Some claim that the camera can track "skeletal figures that aren't there." We can't verify that claim, but we can confirm that it worked well with Sonic Free Riders, one of the favorite Kinect games of our news editor Robert Carnevale.
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The real tragedy here is that Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone almost from the moment it was released. They did nothing to promote Windows Phones...no ads in major publications, no ads on social media or on TV. They introduced a product with no support and no promotion. Then they make a stupid statement that there is no place in the market for another phone system, as if that is a justification for hanging Windows Phone out to dry up in the marketplace.
They had an opportunity to create a phone system using the same strategy as Apple: create a Surface Phone with Windows Mobile, so they could control both the hardware and the software, just like Apple does.
I'm not trying to convince anyone that Windows Mobile would have triumphed in the market to dominate Apple and Android, but it could have achieved a profitable share of the market, if Microsoft had only tried. The success of the Surface line of hardware is proof that Microsoft can achieve a healthy and profitable line of products, if they will only commit to promote and market them aggressively.
To release products and then cancel them, orphaning any customers you did have, because you didn't market the new products the way they should have been marketed, is an all-too-familiar pattern at Microsoft. Maybe the success of the Surface product line has taught Microsoft a lesson. It is sad that they did not learn that lesson while they had Windows Phone to lead the way.
Why? Because I'm still using Windows Phone 7.5 on my LG Optimus as we speak on Tmobile.
I've had it for over 6 years now. (Replaced hardware twice. Each time I paid about $40 for a used one off Amazon). I have a backup that I'm using for a media player through ZUNE also. I have a backup Lumia 650 for when 3G isn't supported. (Although I might still be able to use it with Edge). Anyways, I have no reason to ever switch away from Windows Phone. The Lumia supports 4G, and that isn't going away anytime soon. later
2nd would be mixer
I add another line because the system does not allow me to add a comment of just two words. Today November 2 is the day of the death.
Bring back Xbox Music. Sure Spotify is nice, but Microsoft Music was way better.
I would say bring back Kinect, but I still use mine everyday with my Xbox One's.
I liked the Band. Had two of them but they were not the most reliable things.
I would rather have a Microsoft Phone that runs Microsoft software than any Android. Even with a million less apps.
2. Windows 10 Start Menu (though I won't complain too much since Windows 10 will be supported till 2025).