Going poof in 3 months, Cortana was a virtual assistant developed by Microsoft, that uses the Bing search engine to perform tasks such as setting reminders and answering questions for the user.
Done for in 3 months, WordPad was a word processor software included with Windows 95 and later, until Windows 11. It was a basic word processor, positioned as more advanced than the Notepad text editor by supporting rich text editing, but with a subset of the functionality of Microsoft Word.
Running out of power in 12 days, Google Domains was a domain name registrar operated by Google. It provided native integration support for Google Cloud DNS and Google Workspace. It also offered one-click DNS configuration that connects the domains with servies like Squarespace, Shopify and Firebase.
Scheduled to die in 12 days, Google Optimize, formerly Google Website Optimizer, was a freemium web analytics and testing tool by Google. It allows running some experiments that are aimed to help online marketers and webmasters to increase visitor conversion rates and overall visitor satisfaction.
MagSafe Duo Charger was a foldable charging mat with a MagSafe charger on one side and an Apple Watch charger on the other. The Apple Watch charger disc can be raised to a 90 degree angle to charge a watch with a closed wristband.
Surface Duo was a dual-touchscreen Android smartphone, part of the Microsoft Surface series of touchscreen hardware devices. It was Microsoft's first smartphone since the dissolution of Microsoft Mobile and the Windows Phone platform.
Google Universal Analytics was a web analytics service that tracks and reports website traffic. Google launched the service in November 2005 after acquiring Urchin.
YouTube Stories was a feature in resemblance to Snapchat and Instagram Stories, where videos are automatically deleted after a day.
Google Currents was service that provided social media features similar to Google+ for Google Workspace customers.
Google Stadia was a cloud gaming service accessible through Chromecast Ultra, Android TV devices and on personal computers via the Google Chrome web browser. It featured up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range (HDR).
YouTube Originals was a variety of original content including scripted series, educational videos, and music and celebrity programming.
Google OnHub was a series of residential wireless routers manufactured by Asus and TP-Link that were powered by Google software, managed by Google apps, and offered enhanced special features like Google Assistant.
Google Surveys was a business product by Google aimed at facilitating customized market research. It was designed as an alternative to internet pay walls for websites that publish content.
Apple Watch Series 3 was a smartwatch with a dual-core S3 processor and was the first Apple Watch to come with cellular connectivity using an eSIM.
YouTube Go was an app aimed at making YouTube easier to access on mobile devices in emerging markets through special features like downloading video on wifi for viewing later.
Google Chrome Apps,or commonly just Chrome App, is a certain type of web application that ran on the Google Chrome browser. Chrome apps could be installed from the Chrome Web Store where you can find things like apps, extensions, and themes.
Android Auto for Phone Screens was an app that made it possible to use an Android phone as an interface for Android Auto while driving. It was intended for vehicles that didn't feature a compatible screen.
Internet Explorer, also known as IE, was a series of web browsers developed by Microsoft. During it's peak it had a market share of 95%, mostly due to being the default browser for the Windows operating system. The last two decades have resulted in Google Chrome taking it's place as the most used browser, largely because of a better developer experience and the rise of Android.
iPod Touch (7th generation) was an iOS-based mobile device without cellular network capability. It was the last iPod being sold before Apple discontinued the entire iPod product line in 2022.
G Suite (Legacy Free Edition) was a free tier offering some of the services included in Google's productivity suite.
Google Assistant Snapshot was the successor to Google Now that provided predictive cards with information and daily updates in the Google app for Android and iOS.
iPhone SE (2nd generation) was a smartphone that followed the pattern made by the 1st generation sharing the dimensions and form factor of the iPhone 8, while sharing selected internal hardware components from the iPhone 11 lineup.
Cameos on Google allowed celebrities and other public figures to record video responses to the most common questions asked about them which would be shown to users in Google Search results.
Android Things was an Android-based embedded operating system (originally named Brillo) aimed to run on Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Apple discontinued the iPod after two decades
For over two decades the iPod was the portable music player, just as big as the Walkman was before it. In 2022 Apple announced that the iPod will be discontinued, this is a trip down memory lane of the most iconic iPods.
Streams was a "clinician support app" which aimed to improve clinical decision-making and patient safety across hospitals in the United Kingdom.
Microsoft Academic was a free public web search engine for academic publications and literature.
Material Gallery is a collaboration tool for UI designers, optimized for Google's Material Design, with mobile preview apps and a Sketch plugin.
Google Toolbar was a web browser toolbar that provided a search box in web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Google Sites (Classic) allowed users to build and edit websites and wiki portals for private and public use.
Your News Update was a service that offed an audio digest of a mix of short news stories chosen in that moment based on a user's interests, location, user history, and preferences, as well as the top news stories out there.
My Maps was an Android application that enabled users to create custom maps for personal use or sharing on their mobile device.
Microsoft Silverlight (or simply Silverlight) was an application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications, similar to Adobe Flash.
Backup and Sync was a desktop software tool for Windows and MacOS that allowed users to sync files from Google Drive to their local machine.
Houseparty was a social networking service that enabled group video chatting through mobile and desktop apps. Users receive a notification when friends are online and available to group video chat.
Google Bookmarks was a private web-based bookmarking service not integrated with any other Google services.
Analytics platform for Google's Dialogflow chatbot & others, started by the Google-funded Area120 incubator then retired and partially merged into Dialogflow itself.
iPhone XR was a smartphone and considered an "affordable flagship" or "budget flagship" at its release, the XR shares key internal hardware but with features removed/downgraded to reduce the price.
iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max was smartphones with additions such as 5G support, the LiDAR sensor, ProRAW (DNG) allowing high quality lossless 12bit image capture. They were also the first iPhones to feature the MagSafe wireless charging and accessory system.
Apple Watch Series 6 was a smartwatch with the new S6 processor that was up to 20% faster than the Series 4 and Series 5, a 2.5× brighter always-on display, and an always-on altimeter.
Pixel 5 was a smartphone that reintroduced a capacitive fingerprint reader and the Pixel 4's Motion Sense capabilities and facial recognition have been removed.
VR180 Creator allowed users to edit video taken on 180 degree and 360 degree devices on multiple operating systems.
Posts on Google allowed notable individuals with knowledge graph panels to author specific content that would appear in Google Search results.
Fitbit Coach (formerly Fitstar) was video-based body weight workout app that used AI to personalize workouts based on user feedback.
Fitstar Yoga was a video-based yoga app that created unique yoga sessions based on user preference and skill level.
Tour Builder allowed users to create and share interactive tours inside Google Earth with photos and videos of locations.
Expeditions is a program for providing virtual reality experiences to school classrooms through Google Cardboard viewers, allowing educators to take their students on virtual field trips.
Tour Creator allowed users to build immersive, 360° guided tours that could be viewed with VR devices.
Poly was a distribution platform for creators to share 3D objects.
Minecraft Earth was a Augmented Reality mobile game that allowed its players to collect blocks and build creations.
Google Play Movies & TV, originally Google TV, was an app used to view purchased and rented media and was ultimately replaced with YouTube.
Measure allowed users to take measurements of everyday objects with their device's camera utilizing ARCore technology.
Zync render was a cloud render platform for animation and visual effects.
Timely Alarm Clock was an Android application providing alarm, stopwatch and timer functionality with synchronisation across devices.
Apple TV 4K (1nd generation) was a digital media player that introduced support for 2160p output, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. All made available due to the faster Apple A10X Fusion processor.
The Google Shopping Mobile App, which had absorbed Google Express when it launched, provided a native shopping experience with a personalized homepage for mobile users. It is now retired and the functionality lives on in the Shopping Tab.
Google Public Alerts was an online notification service owned by Google.org that sends safety alerts to various countries.
(also known as Google Short Links) was a URL shortening service. It also supported custom domain for customers of Google Workspace (formerly G Suite (formerly Google Apps)).
Google Crisis Map was a website that allowed to create, publish, and share maps by combining layers from anywhere on the web.
HomePod was a smart speaker with support for Siri and the Apple Music subscription service.
Google Cardboard was a low-cost, virtual reality (VR) platform named after its folded cardboard viewer into which a smartphone was inserted.
Swift for TensorFlow (S4TF) was a next-generation platform for machine learning with a focus on differentiable programming.
Tilt Brush was a room-scale 3D-painting virtual-reality application available from Google, originally developed by Skillman & Hackett.
Loon was a service to provide internet access via an array of high-altitude balloons hovering in the Earth's stratosphere
Pixel Slate was a 12.3-inch tablet running Chrome OS and was the first tablet from Google to be powered by Intel processors.
App Maker was a tool that allowed its users to build and deploy custom business apps easily and securely on the web without writing much code.
Google Cloud Print allowed users to 'print from anywhere;' to print from web, desktop, or mobile to any Google Cloud Print-connected printer.
Google Home Max was a large, stereo smart speaker with two tweeters and subwoofers, aux input, and a USB-C input (for wired ethernet) featuring Smart Sound machine learning technology.
Science Journal was a mobile app that helped you run science experiments with your smartphone using the device's onboard sensors.
YouTube VR allowed you to easily find and watch 360 videos and virtual reality content with SteamVR-compatible headsets.
Trusted Contacts was an app that allowed users to share their location and view the location of specific users.
Windows 10 IoT Core was an embedded OS for smaller and lower-cost industry devices, it was also provided free of charge for use in devices like the Raspberry Pi for hobbyist use.
Google Play Music was a music and podcast streaming service, and online music locker.
Nest Secure was a security system with an alarm, keypad, and motion sensor with embedded microphone.
iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max was smartphones featuring a triple-lens rear camera system and the A13 Bionic chip. The 11 Pro was Apple's first iPhone to feature a "pro" designation, which was previously used only for larger Apple devices, such as the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro.
YouTube Community Contributions allowed users to contribute translations for video titles or submit descriptions, closed captions or subtitles on YouTube content.
Nintendo DS was a handheld game console released by Nintendo that introduced two LCD screens working in tandem (the bottom one being a touchscreen), a built-in microphone and support for wireless connectivity.
Nintendo 3DS was a handheld game console released by Nintendo and featured the ability to display stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories.
Apple Watch Series 5 was a smartwatch that introduced such as a compass and an always-on display with a low-power display driver capable of refresh rates as low as once per second. Additional new features include International Emergency Calling, enabling emergency calls in over 150 countries.
Google Hire was an applicant tracking system to help small to medium businesses distribute jobs, identify and attract candidates, build strong relationships with candidates, and efficiently manage the interview process.
Password Checkup provided a warning to users if they were using a username and password combination checked against over 4 billion credentials that Google knew to be unsafe.
Playground AR (aka AR Stickers) allowed users to place virtual characters and objects in augmented reality via the Camera App on Pixel phones.
Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL was smartphones that introduced Motion Sense, a radar-based gesture recognition system and facial recognition as the only biometric authentication method.
Focals were a custom-built smart glasses product with a transparent, holographic display that allowed users to read and respond to text messages, navigate turn-by-turn directions, check the weather, and integrate with third-party services like Uber and Amazon Alexa.
CallJoy was an Area 120 project that provided phone automation for small-to-mediaum businesses allowing them to train the bot agent with responses to common customer questions.
Mixer was a video game live streaming platform, originally named Beam before the acquisition by Microsoft.
Google Photos Print was a subscription service that automatically selected the best ten photos from the last thirty days which were mailed to user's homes.
Pigeon Transit was a transit app that used crowdsourced information about delays, crowded trains, escalator outages, live entertainment, dirty or unsafe conditions.
EdgeHTML was a proprietary browser engine used in Microsoft Edge and in Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.
Shoelace was an app used to find group activities with others who share your interests.
Neighbourly was a mobile app designed to help you learn about your neighborhood by asking other residents, and find out about local services and facilities in your area from people who live around you.
Wunderlist was a cloud-based task management application, acquired by Microsoft in June 1, 2015.
Fabric was a platform that helped mobile teams build better apps, understand their users, and grow their business.
Google Contributor was a program run by Google that allowed users in the Google Network of content sites to view the websites without any advertisements that are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google.
iPhone 8/8 Plus was smartphones that were largely similar to that of their predecessors but introduced a glass back and addition of inductive charging.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL was smartphones that featuring wireless charging, front-facing stereo speakers and a lack of a headphone jack.
Material Theme Editor is a plugin for Sketch App which allows you to create a material based design system for your app.
Boosted Board was a premium electric skateboard with a top speed of 35 km/h and max range of 11 km.
Google Station is a service which gives partners an easy set of tools to roll-out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places. Google Station provides software and guidance on hardware to turn fiber connections into fast, reliable and safe Wi-Fi zones.
Essential PH-1 was a smartphone featuring a titanium and ceramic body, an edge-to-edge display protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and two rear cameras, one of which is dedicated to black-and-white photography.
One Today was an app that allowed users to donate $1 to different organizations and discover how their donation would be used.
Androidify allowed users to create a custom Android avatar of for themselves and for others.
Google Fiber TV was an IPTV service that was bundled with Google Fiber.
Remix 3D was a website for users to browse, distribute, and download 3D objects.
Field Trip was a mobile app that acted as a virtual tour guide by cross referencing multiple sources of information to provide users information about points of interest near them.
AdSense (mobile app) allowed users to manage their AdSense accounts in a native app for iOS and Android.
Windows Phone was a family of mobile operating systems for smartphones as the replacement successor to Windows Mobile and Zune.
Google Correlate was a service that provided users information about how strongly the frequency of multiple search terms correlates with each other over a specified time interval.
Google Translator Toolkit was a web application which allowed translators to edit and manage translations generated by Google Translate.
Google Fusion Tables was a web service for data management that provided a means for visualizing data in different charts, maps, and graphs.
Steam Controller was a game controller developed by Valve, it featured two clickable trackpads with haptic feedback (as opposed to the more typical thumbsticks), and fourteen buttons, including face, shoulder, and undergrip buttons.
Google Bulletin was a hyperlocal news service where users could post news from their neighborhood and allow others in the same areas to hear those stories.
Touring Bird was an Area 120 incubator project which helped users compare prices, book tours, tickets, and experiences, and learn about top destinations around the world.
Game Builder was a multiplayer 3D game environment for creating new games without coding experience.
Datally (formerly Triangle) was a smart app by Google that helped you save, manage, and share your mobile data.
Google Clips was a miniature clip-on camera that could automatically capture interesting or relevant video clips determined by machine learning algorithms.
Google Daydream was a virtual reality platform and set of hardware devices that worked with certain Android phones.
YouTube Leanback was an optimized version of YouTube used for television web browsers and webview application wrappers.
Message Center is a web console where Gmail users view and manage spam email messages.
Follow Your World allowed users to register points of interest on Google Maps and receive email updates whenever the imagery is updated.
G Suite Training (previously known as Synergyse) provided interactive and video-based training for 20 Google G Suite products in nine languages through a website and a Chrome extension.
YouTube Messages was a direct messaging feature that allowed users to share and discuss videos one-on-one and in groups on YouTube.
iPhone 7/7 Plus was smartphones and introduced new color options (matte black and jet black), water and dust resistance, a new capacitive, static home button, revised antenna bands, and the controversial removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
iPhone XS/XS Max was smartphones that introduced features such as dual-SIM support, filming with stereo audio, and strengthened water resistance.
Apple Watch Series 4 was a smartwatch featuring the first predominant redesign of the Apple Watch, featuring larger displays with thinner bezels and rounded corners, and a slightly rounder, thinner chassis with a redesigned ceramic back.
YouTube app for Nintendo 3DS, 2DS, and New 3DS allowed users to stream YouTube videos on the portable gaming console.
Works with Nest was an API that allowed external services to access and control Nest devices. This enabled the devices to be used with third-party home automation platforms and devices.
Google Trips was a mobile app that allowed users to plan for upcoming travel by facilitating flight, hotel, car, and restaurant reservations from user's email alongside summarized info about the user's destination.
Hangouts on Air allowed users to host a multi-user video call while recording and streaming the call on YouTube.
Personal Blocklist was a Chrome Web Extension by Google that allowed users to block certain websites from appearing in Google search results.
Dragonfly was a search engine designed to be compatible with China's state censorship provisions.
Google Jump was a cloud-based VR media solution that enabled 3D-360 media production by integrating customized capture solutions with best-in-class automated stitching.
Blog Compass was a blog management tool that integrated with WordPress and Blogger available only in India.
Areo was a mobile app that allowed users in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, and Pune to order meals from nearby restaurants or schedule appointments with local service professionals, including electricians, painters, cleaners, plumbers, and more.
Microsoft Band was a line of smart bands with smartwatch and activity tracker/fitness tracker features.
YouTube Gaming was a video gaming-oriented service and app for videos and live streaming.
Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) was a notification service that enabled developers to send messages between servers and client apps running on Android or Chrome.
Data Saver was an extension for Chrome that routed web pages through Google servers to compress and reduce the user's bandwidth.
Inbox by Gmail aimed to improve email through several key features.
Google+ was an Internet-based social network.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL was smartphones that introduced optical image stabilization and a feature called "Active Edge" that launched the Google Assistant by squeezing the phone's sides.
Google URL Shortener, also known as goo.gl, was a URL shortening service.
Google Spotlight Stories was an app and content studio project which created immersive stories for mobile and VR.
Google Allo was an instant messaging mobile app for Android, iOS, and Web with special features like a virtual assistant and encrypted mode.
Mr. Jingles (aka Google Notification Widget) displayed alerts and notifications from across multiple Google services.
Zo was an English chatbot for the principal social networks and messaging apps, born from the experience gained from previous chatbots such as Tay and Xiaoice.
YouTube Video Annotations allowed video creators to add interactive commentary to their videos containing background information, branching ("choose your own adventure" style) stories, or links to any YouTube video, channel, or search results page.
Google Realtime API provided ways to synchronise resources between devices. It operated on files stored on Google Drive.
Chromecast Audio was a device that allowed users to stream audio from any device to any speaker with an audio input.
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Google Search Appliance was a rack-mounted device that provided document indexing functionality.
Google Nearby Notifications were a proximity marketing tool using Bluetooth beacons and location-based data to serve content relevant to an Android user's real-world location.
Google Pinyin IME was an input method that allowed users on multiple operating systems to input characters from pinyin, the romanization of Standard Mandarin Chinese.
Google News & Weather was a news aggregator application available on the Android and iOS operating systems.
Reply was a mobile app that let users insert Smart Replies (pre-defined replies) into conversations on messaging apps.
Apple Watch Series 1 was a smartwatch featuring improved battery life and a aluminium casing.
iPhone 6/6 Plus was smartphones and featured a larger 4.7/5.5 inch display, a faster processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity and support for a near field communications-based mobile payments offering.
iPhone 6S/6S Plus was smartphones featuring strengthened aluminium alloy chassis and a new 12-megapixel rear camera that can record up to 4K video at 30fps at first in the series, can take dynamic "Live Photos", the first increase in front camera photo resolution since the 2012.
iPhone X was a smartphone that used a glass and stainless-steel form factor and "bezel-less" design, shrinking the bezels while not having a "chin". It was the first iPhone to use an OLED screen. The home button's fingerprint sensor was replaced with a new type of authentication called Face ID.
iPhone SE (1st generation) was a smartphone that shares the same physical design and dimensions as iPhone 5S, and has upgraded internal hardware, including the newer Apple A9 system-on-chip, greater battery capacity, and a 12-megapixel rear camera that can record up to 4K video at 30 frames per second.
Tez was a mobile payments service by Google, targeted at users in India. It was rebranded to Google Pay.
Google Goggles was used for searches based on pictures taken by handheld devices.
Save to Google Chrome Extension enabled you to quickly save a page link with image and tags to a Pocket-like app.
Pebble 2 was a smartwatch developed by Pebble Technology featuring a heart rate monitor, microphone, and water resistance rated for a depth of 30 meters.
Pebble Time was a smartwatch developed by Pebble Technology, it was the first Pebble to introduce a color e-paper display, as well as a microphone, a new charging cable and a new Pebble Time-optimized operating system.
Google Play Newsstand was a news aggregator and digital newsstand service.
Encrypted Search provided users with anonymous internet searching.
Microsoft Excel Viewer was a freeware program for viewing and printing spreadsheet documents created by Excel.
PowerPoint Viewer was a free application to be used on computers without PowerPoint installed, to view, project, or print (but not create or edit) presentations.
AirPort Express was a Wi-Fi base station with audio output capability.
AirPort Extreme was a residential gateway combining the functions of a router, network switch, wireless access point and NAS as well as varied other functions.
AirPort Time Capsule was a wireless router featuring network-attached storage (NAS) and a residential gateway router.
Pixel and Pixel XL was the first pair of Android smartphones designed, developed, and marketed by Google as part of the Google Pixel product line, succeeding the Nexus line of smartphones.
A service that Google developed for long-tail travel clients. ITA Software will create a new, easier way for users to find better flight information online, which should encourage more users to make their flight purchases online.
Google's Site Search was a service that enabled any website to add a custom search field powered by Google.
reCAPTCHA Mailhide allowed users to mask their email address behind a captcha to prevent robots from scraping the email and sending spam.
Windows Reader was an app to read PDF, XPS and TIFF files by Microsoft. It was killed in favour of Edge's implementation of PDF reading ability.
Microsoft Classroom was an online learning platform for schools that aimed to simplify grading assignments and student communication in a paperless way.
SoundStage was a virtual reality music sandbox built specifically for room-scale VR.
GoPro Karma Drone was a camera drone compatible with GoPro Hero cameras featuring 20 minutes of battery life and a stabilizer.
Groove Music Pass (formerly Xbox Music Pass and, before, Zune Music Pass) was a music subscription service, which allows subscribers to download an unlimited number of songs for as long as their subscription is active.
Pixel C was a 10.2-inch tablet featuring a Nvidia Tegra X1 octa-core system-on-a-chip and an optional keyboard accessory.
Project Tango was an API for augmented reality apps that was killed and replaced by ARCore.
Microsoft Word Viewer was a freeware program for Microsoft Windows to display and print Microsoft Word documents.
Portfolios was a feature available in Google Finance to track personal financial securities.
Kinect was a line of motion sensing input devices for Windows and Xbox consoles.
Microsoft Lumia (previously the Nokia Lumia Series) was a line of mobile devices that was originally designed and marketed by Nokia and later by Microsoft Mobile.
CodePlex was a hosting platform for open-source software, offering features such as support to different VCS systems, wiki pages, statistics, and releases.
YouTube Video Editor was a web-based tool for editing, merging, and adding special effects to video content.
Apple Watch Series 2 was a smartwatch that introduced water resistance to 50 meters, a display twice as bright as previous generations, and a GPS receiver. The Series 2 was sold in casings of anodized aluminium, stainless steel and ceramic.
AirPower was a unreleased wireless charging mat, it was designed to charge up to three devices simultaneously. Scheduled to be released in early 2018, AirPower failed to materialize.
Trendalyzer was a data trend viewing platform.
iPod Nano was a portable media player introduced as a replacement for the iPod Mini.
iPod Shuffle was a digital audio player. It was the smallest model in Apple's iPod family and the first iPod to use flash memory.
Glass OS (Google XE) was a version of Google's Android operating system designed for Google Glass.
Google Map Maker was a mapping and map editing service where users were able to draw features directly onto a map.
Chromebook Pixel was a first-of-its-kind laptop built by Google that ran Chrome OS, a Linux kernel-based operating system.
Google Spaces was an app for group discussions and messaging.
Google Hands Free was a mobile payment system that allowed users to pay their bill using Bluetooth to connect to payment terminals by saying 'I'll pay with Google.'
Microsoft PhotoSynth was a program that generates a three-dimensional model and a point cloud from 2D photos.
Beme was a mobile application created by Matt Hackett and Casey Neistat featuring video sharing and a social network.
Windows Movie Maker (later rebranded as Windows Live Movie Maker) was a video editing software program for home users.
Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Installer) is a discontinued suite of freeware applications that includes email, instant messaging, photo sharing, blogging, and parental control software and it was part of Live brand.
Google Gesture Search allowed users to search contacts, applications, settings, music and bookmark on their Android device by drawing letters or numbers onto the screen.
Narrative Clip was small wearable capable of automatically take a picture every 30 seconds whilst being worn throughout the day, a practice known as "life-logging".
Pebble was a smartwatch developed by Pebble Technology featuring a 1.26 inch black and white memory LCD using an ultra low-power "transflective LCD".
Panoramio was a geo-location tagging and photo sharing product.
Google Showtimes was a standalone movie search result page.
Pixate was a platform for creating sophisticated animations and interactions, and refine your designs through 100% native prototypes for iOS and Android.
Microsoft WebMatrix was a cloud-connected website builder and HTML editor for Windows, geared towards web development.
Vine was a social networking short-form video hosting service where users could share six-second-long, looping video clips.
Visual Studio LightSwitch was an extension and framework specifically tailored for creating line-of-business applications built on existing .NET technologies.
Google Nexus was Google's line of flagship Android phones, tablets, and accessories.
Together was a watch face for Android Wear that let two users link their watches together to share small visual messages.
Sunrise Calendar was a calendar application for web, mobile and desktop, featuring live aggregation of calendars from multiple sources.
Apple Watch was the first smartwatch in the Apple Watch family, it paired to the iPhone and was equipped with a built-in heart rate sensor.
Project Ara was a modular smartphone project under development by Google.
Web hosting in Google Drive was a method of uploading HTML, CSS and other files in order to publish live web sites.
Windows Journal was an application to create and organize handwritten notes and drawing, included in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition as well as select editions of Windows Vista and later.
Microsoft SharePoint Designer (SPD), formerly known as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer, was an HTML editor freeware for creating or modifying Microsoft SharePoint sites, workflows and web pages.
Microsoft SharePoint Designer (SPD), formerly known as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer, was an HTML editor freeware for creating or modifying Microsoft SharePoint sites, workflows and web pages.
Google Swiffy was a web-based tool that converted SWF files to HTML5.
Google Wallet Card was a prepaid debit card that let users pay for things in person and online using their Wallet balance at any retailer that accepted MasterCard.
Nexus Player was a digital media player that allowed users to play music, watch video originating from Internet services or a local network, and play games.
Revolv was a monitoring and control system that allowed users to control their connected devices from a single hub.
Freebase was a large collaborative knowledge base consisting of structured data composed mainly by its community members, developed by Metaweb(acquired by Google).
Google Now was a feature of Google Search that offered predictive cards with information and daily updates in Chrome and the Google app for Android and iOS.
MyTracks was a GPS tracking application for Android which allowed users to track their path, speed, distance and elevation.
uWeave (pronounced “micro weave”) was an implementation of the Weave protocol intended for use on microcontroller based devices.
Tay was a chatbot that was shutdown after only 16 hours since it began to post inflammatory and offensive tweets through its Twitter account.
iPhone 5S was a smartphone and featured a new white/gold color scheme in addition to white/silver and space gray/black.
Google Compare allowed consumers to compare several offers ranging from insurance, mortgage, and credit cards.
Mailbox was a email management application that introduced innovative features, such as swipe-based email sorting, snoozing and filtering.
Google Maps Coordinate was a service for managing mobile workforces with the help of mobile apps and a web-based dashboard.
Pie was a work-centric group chat website and app comparable to Slack.
iPhone 4S was a smartphone where the "S" stood for Siri, an iPhone 4S-exclusive intelligent personal assistant that was later included in future generations of mobile Apple products.
iPhone 5C was a smartphone where the "C" stood for Color. It had a hard-coated polycarbonate shell instead of the aluminum of the original iPhone 5.
Google Maps Engine was an online tool for map creation. It enabled you to create layered maps using your own data as well as Google Maps data.
Songza was a free music streaming service that would recommend its users various playlists based on time of day and mood or activity.
Google Code was a service that provided revision control, an issue tracker, and a wiki for code documentation.
Google Blog Search API was a way to search blogs utilizing Google.
Timeful was an iOS to do list and calendar application, developed to reinvent the way that people manage their most precious resource of time.
Microsoft Forefront was a family of line-of-business security software designed to help protect computer networks, network servers and individual devices, which underlying technology was acquired from Sybari in 2005.
Zune was a line of digital media products and services.
Picasa was an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos.
Apple TV (1st generation) was a digital media player inteded to be used with your TV. With a capacity of either 40 or 160 GB it could store both video and audio synced from iTunes.
Google Flu Trends was a service attempting to make accurate predictions about flu activity.
Google Catalogs was a shopping application that delivered the virtual catalogs of large retailers to users.
Google Moderator was a service that used crowdsourcing to rank user-submitted questions, suggestions and ideas.
Android @ Home allowed a user’s device to discover, connect, and communicate with devices and appliances in the home.
Windows Media Center was a digital video recorder and media player for Windows.
Google Helpouts was an online collaboration service where users could share their expertise through live video.
Aperture was an image organizer developed by Apple for the macOS operating system. The software handled work such as importing and organizing image files, applying corrective adjustments and printing photographs.
iPhoto was a digital photograph manipulation software application developed by Apple Inc.
YouTube for PlayStation Vita was a native YouTube browsing and viewing application for the PS Vita and PSTV game consoles.
BebaPay was a form of electronic ticketing platform in Nairobi, Kenya that was developed by Google in partnership with Equity Bank.
Google Play Edition devices were a series of Android smartphones and tablets sold by Google.
Google Glass Explorer Edition was a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display and camera that allows the wearer to interact with various applications and the Internet via natural language voice commands.
Word Lens translated text in real time on images by using the viewfinder of a device's camera without the need of an internet connection; The technology was rolled into Google Translate.
Microsoft MapPoint was a program and a service created by Microsoft that allows users to view, edit and integrate maps.
Orkut was a social network designed to help users meet new and old friends and maintain existing relationships.
iPod Classic was a portable media player with a LCD display and hard drive for storage.
Microsoft Streets & Trips (Microsoft AutoRoute) was a mapping program targeting the average consumer to do a variety of map related tasks in the North American region, such as route planning.
Microsoft Academic Search was a research project and an academic search engine.
Games for Windows – Live (GFWL) was an online gaming service used by Games for Windows–branded PC titles that enables Windows PCs to connect to Microsoft's Live service.
Google TV was a smart TV platform that integrated Android and Chrome to create an interactive television overlay.
Quickoffice was a productivity suite for mobile devices which allowed the viewing, creating and editing of documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
Google Questions and Answers was a free knowledge market that allowed users to collaboratively find answers to their questions.
Wildfire by Google was a social marketing application that enabled businesses to create, optimize and measure their presence on social networks.
BufferBox was a Canadian startup that provided consumers 24/7 convenience of picking up their online purchases.
SlickLogin was an Israeli start-up company which developed sound-based password alternatives, was acquired by Google and hasn't released anything since.
Flappy Bird was a mobile game where the player controls a bird, attempting to fly between columns of green pipes without hitting them.
Google Schemer was a Google service for sharing and discovering things to do.
Google Notifier alerted users to new emails on their Gmail account.
Bump! is a discontinued iOS and Android mobile app that enables smartphone users to transfer contact information, photos and files between devices.
Google Offers was a service offering discounts and coupons. Initially, it was a deal of the day website similar to Groupon.
PixelSense (formerly called Microsoft Surface) was an interactive surface computing platform that allows one or more people to interact with a tabletop screen.
Windows Home Server was intended to be a solution for homes with multiple connected PCs to offer file sharing, automated backups, print server, and remote access.
Zune Marketplace was an online store that offered music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, music videos, and mobile applications.
Google Currents was a social magazine app by Google, which was replaced by Google Play Newsstand.
Google Checkout was an online payment processing service that aimed to simplify the process of paying for online purchases.
Google Trader was a classifieds service run by Google in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria to help customers trade goods and services online.
iGoogle was a customizable Ajax-based start page or personal web portal.
MSN TV (formerly WebTV by WebTV Networks, Inc.) was a web access product consisting of a thin client device which used a television for display and the online service that supported it.
iPhone 4 was a smartphone in the iPhone family and it introduced a new hardware design for the first time.
iPhone 5 was a smartphone and was he first iPhone to be completely developed under the guidance of Tim Cook and the last iPhone to be overseen by Steve Jobs.
Microsoft TechNet was a Microsoft web portal and web service for IT professionals, containing documentation for Microsoft products, discussion forums, an evaluation center for downloading trialware, blogs for Microsoft employees and much more.
Google Latitude was a location-aware feature of Google Maps, a successor to an earlier SMS-based service Dodgeball.
Google Reader was a RSS/Atom feed aggregator.
Nexus Q was a digital media player that allowed users with Android devices to stream content from supported services to a connected television or speakers via an integrated amplifier.
Punchd was a digital loyalty card app and service targeted towards small businesses that originated as a student project at Cal Poly in 2009 and was acquired by Google in 2011.
Building Maker enabled users to create 3D models of buildings for Google Earth on the browser.
Often remembered as 'Gchat', Google Talk was a messaging service for both text and voice using XMPP.
Google SMS let you text questions- including weather, sports scores, word definitions, and more- to 466453 and get an answer back.
Google Cloud Connect was a free cloud computing plugin for multiple versions of Microsoft Office that automatically stored and synchronized files to Google Docs.
Picnik was an online photo editing service that allowed users to edit, style, crop, and resize images.
Microsoft Office Picture Manager (formely Microsoft Picture Library) was a raster graphics editor included up to Office 2010 to organize and edit images.
MSN Messenger (later rebranded as Windows Live Messenger) was a cross-platform instant messaging client.
Windows Live Mesh (formerly known as Windows Live FolderShare, Live Mesh, and Windows Live Sync) was a file synchronization application supporting both direct PC-to-PC and cloud-based synchronizazion and featuring Remote Desktop capability through the browser.
Microsoft XNA was a freeware set of tools with a managed runtime environment provided by Microsoft that facilitates video game development and management, based on the .NET Framework, with versions that run on Windows NT, Windows Phone and the Xbox 360.
Google Chart API was an interactive Web service that created graphical charts from user-supplied data.
Google Mini was a smaller version of the Google Search Appliance.
Microsoft Expression Studio was a suite of tools for designing and building Web and Windows client applications and rich digital media content.
AdSense for Feeds was a RSS-based service for AdSense that allowed publishers to advertise on their RSS Feeds.
Google Listen was an Android application that let you search, subscribe, download, and stream podcasts and web audio.
Google Refine was a standalone desktop application for data cleanup and transformation to other formats.
Zune (software) was a media management software that functions as a full media player application with a library, an interface to the Zune Marketplace, and as a media streaming server.
Sparrow was an email client for OS X and iOS. Google acquired and then killed it.
Google Insights for Search was a service used to provide data about terms people searched in Google and was merged into Google Trends.
iPhone 3GS was a smartphone where "S" stood for Speed and featured improvements such as better performance, a 3-megapixel camera with higher resolution and video ability.
iPod Socks were a set of multi-colored cotton knit socks for protection of iPods from damage during travel.
Postini was an e-mail, Web security, and archiving service that filtered e-mail spam and malware (before it was delivered to a client's mail server), e-mail archiving.
Google Video was a free video hosting service from Google, similar to YouTube, that allowed video clips to be hosted on Google servers and embedded on to other websites.
Windows Live Messenger, previously named MSN Messenger, was a cross-platform instant-messaging client featuring games, photo albums and social network integrations.
Microsoft Reader was an application for reading e-books, specialized for .lit format.
Meebo was a browser-based instant messaging application which supported multiple IM services.
Google Commerce Search was an enterprise search service that powered online retail stores and e-commerce websites that improved speed and accuracy.
iWeb was a template-based WYSIWYG website creation tool that allowed users to create websites and blogs and customize them with their own text, photos, and movies.
iDVD was a DVD authoring application for Mac OS that allows the user to burn QuickTime movies, MP3 music, and digital photos to a DVD.
MobileMe was a subscription-based collection of online services and software offered by Apple Inc. All services were gradually transitioned to and eventually replaced by the free iCloud.
Needlebase was a point-and-click tool for extracting, sorting and visualizing data from across pages around the web.
Microsoft Live was a brand-name for a set of web services and software products from Microsoft as part of its software plus services platform.
Knol was a Google project that aimed to include user-written articles on a range of topics.
Google Wave was an online communication and collaborative real-time editor tool.
Google Flu Vaccine Finder was a maps mash-up that showed nearby vaccination places across the United States.
Google One Pass was an online store developed by Google for media publishers looking to sell subscriptions to their content.
Google Related was introduced to be an experimental navigation assistant launched to help people find useful and interesting information while surfing the web.
Apple TV (2nd generation) was a digital media player featuring a custom verion of iOS, a smaller form factor than it's predecessor and supported an output of up to 720p with HDMI.
Urchin was a web statistics analysis program developed by Urchin Software Corporation. It analyzed web server log file content and displayed the traffic information on that website based upon the log data.
Slide was a photo sharing software for social networking services such as MySpace and Facebook. Later Slide began to make applications and became the largest developer of third-party applications for Facebook.
Google Friend Connect was a free social networking site from 2008 to 2012.
Jaiku was a social networking, micro-blogging and lifestreaming service comparable to Twitter.
Google Code Search was a free beta product which allowed users to search for open-source code on the Internet.
Google Health was a personal health information centralization service that provided users a merged health record from multiple sources.
iPod Socks – One of the weirdest Apple products
Apple's history is full of weird and interesting products. however some products are weirder than others. This is a breif history of the iPod Socks, a knitted sock made for the iPod.
Noop was a project by Google engineers Alex Eagle and Christian Gruber aiming to develop a new programming language that attempted to blend the best features of 'old' and 'new' languages and best-practices.
Apture was a service that allowed publishers and bloggers to link and incorporate multimedia into a dynamic layer above their pages.
Google Buzz was a social networking, microblogging and messaging tool that integrated with Gmail.
Gears (aka Google Gears) was utility software that aimed to create more powerful web apps by adding offline storage and other additional features to web browsers.
Google Notebook allowed users to save and organize clips of information while conducting research online.
ZygoteBody, formerly Google Body, is a web application by Zygote Media Group that renders manipulable 3D anatomical models of the human body.
Zune was a line of portable media players.
Google PowerMeter was a software project of Google's philanthropic arm that helped consumers track their home electricity usage.
Google Squared was an information extraction and relationship extraction product that compiled structured data into a spreadsheet-like format.
Google Sidewiki was a browser sidebar tool that allowed users to contribute information to any web page.
Aardvark was a social search service that connected users live with friends or friends-of-friends who were able to answer their questions.
Google Pack was a collection of software tools offered by Google to download in a single archive. It was announced at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, on January 6. Google Pack was only available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
Google Desktop allowed local searches of a user's emails, computer files, music, photos, chats and Web pages viewed.
Google Fast Flip was an online news aggregator, something of a high tech microfiche.
Google Dictionary was a standalone online dictionary service.
Kin was a short-lived mobile phone line from Microsoft designed for users of social networking.
Google Labs was a technology playground used by Google to demonstrate and test new projects.
Rebang was a Zeitgeist-like service centered on providing service to a Chinese audience. It was incorporated into Google Labs as of late 2010, and later discontinued along with its parent project.
Google Directory was an Internet website directory organized into 14 main categories that allowed users to explore the web.
Google Image Swirl was an enhancement to the image search tool that came out of Google Labs. It built on top of image search by grouping images with similar visual and semantic qualities.
Google Real-Time Search provided live search results from Twitter, Facebook, and news websites.
Google Script Converter was an online transliteration tool for transliteration (script conversion) between Hindi, Romanagari and various other scripts. It's ended because Google shut down Google Labs and all associated projects.
Google Sets generates a list of items when users enter a few examples. For example, entering "Green, Purple, Red" emits the list "Green, Purple, Red, Blue, Black, White, Yellow, Orange, Brown".
Google Specialized Search allowed users to search across a limited index of the web for specialised topics like Linux, Microsoft, and 'Uncle Sam.'
Google Hotpot was a local recommendation engine that allowed people to rate restaurants, hotels, etc. and share them with friends.
Gizmo5 was a VOIP communications network and a proprietary freeware soft phone for that network.
Real Estate on Google Maps enabled users to find places for sale or rent in an area they were interested in.
fflick was a review, information, and news website that used information from aggregated Tweets to rate movies as positive or negative.
Microsoft Money was a personal finance management software program. It has capabilities for viewing bank account balances, creating budgets, and tracking expenses, among other features.
Xserve was a line of rack unit computers that could be used for a variety of applications, including file server, web server or even high-performance computing applications using clustering.
Google Base was a database provided by Google into which any user can add almost any type of content, such as text, images, and structured information.
GOOG-411 (or Google Voice Local Search) was a telephone service that provided a speech-recognition-based business directory search.
Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS), formerly Hospital 2000, was a fully integrated hospital information system designed for developing and emerging markets.
iPhone 3G, also known as iPhone 2, was a smartphone designed and marketed by Apple. The iPhone 3G introduced new hardware features such as GPS, 3G data and tri-band, it was also the first iPhone to feature the App Store – Apple's new distribution platform for third-party applications.
Response Point was an advanced VoIP-based telephone system targeting small businesses.
BumpTop was a skeuomorphic desktop environment app that simulates the normal behavior and physical properties of a real-world desk and enhances it with automatic tools to organize its contents.
SearchWiki was a Google Search feature which allowed logged-in users to annotate and re-order search results.
YouTube Streams allowed users to watch a YouTube video together while chatting about the video in real time.
Marratech was a Swedish company that made software for e-meetings (e.g., web conferencing, videoconferencing).
Windows Mobile was a family of mobile operating systems developed by Microsoft for smartphones and Pocket PCs.
Project Origami was an ultra-mobile PC featuring a physical keyboard, a touchpad and a touchscreen.
The Google Web APIs were a free SOAP service for doing Google searches so that developers could use the results in almost any way they wanted.
Microsoft Office Accounting (formerly Small Business Accounting) was an accounting software application targeting small businesses that had between 1 and 25 employees.
Google Ride Finder was a service that used GPS data to pinpoint and map the location of taxis, limos, and shuttle vehicles available for hire in 10 U.S. metro areas.
Microsoft Works was an intuitive and cheap alternative to Office. It included a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database management system. Later versions had a calendar application and a dictionary.
Google Toolbar for Firefox
Google Radio Automation was a hardware and software service used by radio operators to automate song playing among other radio station functions.
Flix Cloud was a high-capacity online video encoding service.
Google Mashup Editor was an online web mashup creation service with publishing, syntax highlighting, and debugging.
Google Shared Stuff was a web page sharing system that allowed users to bookmark pages and share it.
Grand Central was a Voice over IP service that was acquired by Google, and turned into Google Voice.
Dodgeball was a location-based social network where users texted their location to the service, and it notified them of friends and points of interest nearby.
Google Audio Ads service allowed advertisers to run campaigns on AM/FM radio stations in US using the AdWords interface.
Microsoft Encarta was a digital multimedia encyclopedia, originally sold on CD-ROM or DVD, then available on the internet via a subscription, and finally turned into free and supported by advertisements.
Tafiti was an animated search engine launched by Microsoft and TrappsInteractive to showcase the Silverlight animation and video player.
Google Lively was a web-based virtual environment that provided a new way to access information.
SearchMash was an experimental, non-branded search engine that Google used to be able to play around with new search technologies, concepts and interfaces.
iPod Touch (1st generation) was an iOS-based mobile device without cellular network capability. It could be used as a music player and a handheld gaming device, but it can also be used as a digital camera, a web browser and for messaging.
Google Page Creator was a website creation and hosting service that allowed users to build basic websites with no HTML knowledge.
MSN Music was a store of music, music news, music videos, spotlights on new music, artist information, and live performances of artists.
Google Send to Phone was an add-on to send links and other information from Firefox to their phone by text message.
iPhone (1st generation) was the first smartphone designed and marketed by Apple, the release changed the way we use mobile phones.
Google Browser Sync was a Firefox extension that synced information like passwords and browsing history.
Live Search Academic was a web search engine for scholarly literature that existed, part of Microsoft's Live Search services.
Hello was a service by Picasa that let users share pictures "like you're sitting side-by-side."
Visual Basic was a third-generation event-driven programming language known for its Component Object Model (COM) programming model.
Game Boy Advance was a 32-bit handheld game console released by Nintendo as a successor to the Game Boy Color.
Google Web Accelerator was a client-side software that increased the load speed of web pages.
Windows Messenger was an instant messaging client included in Windows XP and designed for both corporate and home users.
Google Zeitgeist was a weekly, monthly, and yearly snapshot in time of what people were searching for on Google all over the world.
Google Click-to-Call allowed a user to speak directly over the phone to businesses found in search results.
The Google Video Player plays back files in Google's own Google Video File (.gvi) media format and supported playlists in 'Google Video Pointer' (.gvp) format.
AppleWorks was an integrated office suite containing a word processor, database, and spreadsheet.
Google Video Marketplace was a service that included a store where videos could be bought and rented.
Visual J# was a programming language and development tooling which was meant to help Java developers move to the .NET ecosystem.
Microsoft NetMeeting was VoIP and multi-point videoconferencing client and incorporated technology acquired from Data Connection Ltd and DataBeam Corporation.
Office Assistant was an intelligent user interface for Microsoft Office that assisted users by way of an interactive animated character which interfaced with the Office help content. The most famous avatar was Clippit (a.k.a. Clippy), an humanized paperclip.
Google Answers was an online knowledge market.
Microsoft Office FrontPage was a WYSIWYG HTML editor and website administration tool for Windows.
MSN Chat was the Microsoft Network version of IRCX (Internet Relay Chat extensions), which replaced Microsoft Chat.
Writely was a Web-based word processor.
Google Public Service Search provided governmental, non-profit and academic organizational search results without ads.
eMac, short for education Mac, was an all-in-one Macintosh desktop computer featuring a white plastic case and a 17-inch CRT monitor. The eMac was powered by a Freescale PowerPC G4 processor anda Nvidia GeForce2 MX graphics card.
PowerBook was a family of Macintosh laptop computers targeted at the professional market.
iBook was a line of laptop computers targeting entry-level, consumer and education markets, with lower specifications and prices than the PowerBook
Google Deskbar was a small inset window on the Windows toolbar and allowed users to perform searches without leaving the desktop.
iMac G5 was an all-in-one personal computer featuring the classic square design and was the final iMac to use a PowerPC processor.
Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS) was a source control program oriented towards small software development projects, originally created by One Tree Software prior to Microsoft acquisition in 1994.
Microsoft Picture It! was a photo editing application designed for casual users and initially inspired to the wizard user interface concepts of Microsoft Publisher.