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02.21.10

Microsoft ‘Discontinues’ (Kills) SCCP Product, Cancels Yet Another

Posted in Microsoft, Servers, Windows at 7:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) is history and so is Alan Wake for Windows

THE LIST of dead products from Microsoft continues to grow. Microsoft announced very quietly what Mary Jo Foley only mentioned briefly in a collective post titled “In other non-phone related Microsoft news…”

Microsoft phases out System Center Capacity Planner from its management line-up: I’d assume most enterprises running Microsoft’s System Center Capacity Planner (SCPP) have gotten fair warning on this, but just in case… Microsoft is discontinuing its Capacity Planner product family. “Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) is formally being discontinued, effective immediately, as it no longer supports the current versions of Microsoft applications it was designed for,” according to the Softies. There are no new versions of SCPP coming and no new or updated app capacity planning models in development. Free, mainstream support for SCPP 2007 is \available until 4/9/2013, according to the company. Microsoft has a list of other applications it suggests users employ for capacity planning in place of SCPP on TechNet. Thanks to Directions on Microsoft for a heads-up on this.)

This firm called “Directions on Microsoft” (Microsoft boosters) maintains a list of deceased Microsoft products and here is another new example:

Microsoft Cancels PC Game Version of Alan Wake – 4 Year Wait For Nothing

When I first saw the DirectX 10 demo for the game Alan Wake back in 2006 it was impressive and the title quickly became one of the most anticipated PC games for that time period. Advertisements for the game were seen all over the place and anyone that has run 3DMark in recent years has likely seen the ad in the benchmark application. It was previously thought that the PC version of Alan Wake would be worked on after the release of its Xbox 360 version in May 2010, but Microsoft has shattered hopes by confirming to Strategy Informer that Alan Wake will no longer be coming to PC.

The project/product was canceled rather than “discontinued” or “killed”, but still, given Microsoft’s closure of some game studios, this bodes badly for Microsoft in general. It’s just mildly amusing that some people believe that Microsoft is recovering even though its business constantly declines [1, 2, 3, 4].

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