Summary: Microsoft decides to end Office Accounting; pace of product cancellation seems to have increased
THE list of Microsoft’s dead products carries on growing, even though we have had this latest addition in there for weeks (just not confirmed). The latest product to officially get the axe is part of the big cash cow, Microsoft Office. “Another one bites the dust,” says our reader. “Having run out of money, Microsoft loses the rest of its accountability,” he said with a clever punch line. Yes, Office Accounting is to die.
Microsoft quietly announced Friday that it plans to kill off its Office Accounting products, beginning Nov. 16.
From Ars Technica:
Microsoft is killing off its whole Office Accounting product line on November 16, 2009.
The US- and UK-based press outlets are all over this, not to mention many Microsoft blogs. There is not much more to be said (we knew about this for weeks and only now it’s truly confirmed), but taken in light of Microsoft's sharp profit drop, this won’t be the last Microsoft product to die. Another Microsoft product, MSN Direct, was pronounced dead just a few days ago. █