The circle of life applies as a lot to expertise because it does to dwelling issues, and so yearly brings a wave of previous merchandise and failed concepts that make means for newer and higher ones.

This yr, we misplaced some once-iconic merchandise that misplaced their utility way back, together with some that most likely shouldn’t have existed within the first place. Right here’s a rundown of essentially the most notable expertise that died in 2017.

#1: AOL Prompt Messenger


As soon as a fixture of early-aughts dorm rooms, AOL Prompt Messenger logged off this month, taking with it a wealthy historical past of away messages, buddy lists, and cheery blooping noises. Executives blamed AIM’s demise on a “cultural shift” towards social networks like Fb, and fashionable messaging companies like WhatsApp, however one may additionally argue that AOL blew its own opportunity to be part of that revolution. In any case, AIM’s destiny was sealed years in the past. At the least now we are able to correctly mourn.

Additionally value noting: On the identical day that AIM died, AOL took down CompuServe’s forums.

#2: Home windows Vista

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One among Microsoft’s most maligned Home windows variations reached the tip of its 10-year lifespan on April 11. The software program that gave us User Account Control and several other obnoxious new DRM mechanisms is not receiving safety updates, which means that anybody who nonetheless clings to Vista for no matter cause is exposing themselves to unpatched vulnerabilities. Subsequent up on Microsoft’s dying record: Home windows 7, whose prolonged help ends in January 2020.

#three: Home windows 10 Cellular

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Microsoft’s cell platform received a dishonorable discharge in October, when VP of working methods Joe Belfiore instructed Twitter followers to not count on new options or . Home windows 10 Cellular was by no means in a position to obtain a virtuous cycle of customers and app builders; even Belfiore mentioned he’d moved onto Android for its superior and software program. There’s discuss of Microsoft taking one other crack at cell once more by way of some unified, modular version of Windows, however Home windows 10 Cellular as we all know it’s lifeless.

#four: iPod Nano and Shuffle

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Three years after killing the iPod Traditional, Apple culled the iPod Nano and iPad Shuffle from its gadget lineup in July. The iPod Touch is now the one iPod left within the lineup, and even that’s extra of a multipurpose leisure gadget than a standalone media participant. With Apple out of the sport, a budget MP3 participant enterprise now belongs to a slew of no-name manufacturers like Hotechs and WiWoo.

#5: CrashPlan for customers

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The marketplace for limitless cloud backups received rather less aggressive this yr with CrashPlan exiting the patron market to concentrate on enterprise clients. Customers got two months to both improve to a small marketing strategy—which is twice the worth at $120 per yr—or ship off to another online backup service like Backblaze or Carbonite.

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