Once the world’s favourite instant messaging client, 15-year old MSN Messenger bid a final farewell to the Internet this year. Microsoft-developed messaging client was one of the best IM clients known for its reliability and ease of use. The service was rebranded to Windows Live Messenger in 2005 and has since been known by that name. In 2013, Microsoft merged MSN Messenger with Skype rendering the former obsolete. The easy and real-time messaging made it an instant hit, with MSN alone attracting 330 million active users each month.
Google shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web’s most popular businesses. Orkut was launched early in 2004, the same year that Facebook, now the world’s No 1 social network with 1.28 billion users, was founded. Google pulled the plug on Orkut on 10th September.
>> iPod Classic
Apple had not updated their iPod Classic since 2009, so it was destined for an end. The iPod Classic could hold up to over 40,000 songs but once the smartphone emerged, people wondered the necessity of the device. Debuted in October 2001, it was eventually replaced by the iPhone which could offer much more than just storing music. It was the last iPod to have the famed “clickwheel.” It all seems like a distant memory now.
>> Windows XP
It was one of the most sought after and popular Windows edition the company could have ever seen. The 13 year old outdated PC OS retired in April. Unfortunately the trouble that arose was that many companies across the globe were yet using the operating system. Not to mention, 95% of banks’ ATM ran it too. But eventually, Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP.
>> Microsoft Clip Art
This takes us way back. Clip Art was Microsoft’s own collection of pictures and templates, which were commonly used during the 90’s to help users ‘jazz up’ Word and PowerPoint documents. Microsoft replaced the Clip Art library by Bing images. The 21 year old reign came to an end this year. To just think about the fact that it started with Word 6.0.
>> First, right click on your Desktop and select New and then Shortcut.
>> In the location box type in shutdown -s -t 0 optionally you can add -f to force the shutdown. Then click next.
>> Type in a name for your shortcut and click Finish.
>> Now let’s customize icon for the shortcut. Right click on the new shortcut on your Desktop and select Properties. Click the Change Icon… button on the Shortcut tab. Select a new icon in the browser and click OK.
>> Your new icon will be displayed on the shortcut properties window. Click OK to finish.
>> Finally, let’s pin your new shortcut to the Start Screen. Right click on your shortcut and select Pin to Start. A tile for the shortcut will be created and added to the far right side of your Start Screen.
Facebook Messenger takes a leap forward on both fronts with a big speed improvement across all its versions, and a new animation that shows you whether your message is sending, sent, delivered, or read. And rather than some tiny gray text, Messenger uses your photos of your friends’ faces to show exactly who in the convo has seen what...