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A lot of research went into creating this catalog, but as you can imagine, information can be hard to find about many of Microsoft's applications from the early days. Please contact us if you have more items to add to the list, or discover inaccuracies. Thanks!

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Last updated November 24, 2019.

Microsoft Anti-Virus (1993)

Lifespan: 1 year
Not to be confused with the modern day Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender, MSAV was a short-lived DOS and Windows antivirus program. It retailed for $129.95 in 1993 (April 13 1993 PC Magazine).

Microsoft Anti-Virus for MS-DOS Main Menu (1993)

Microsoft Anti-Virus for MS-DOS Main Menu (1993)
Source: tumblr.com

Microsoft DriveSpace/DoubleSpace (1993-1999)

Lifespan: 6 years
Following the lead of Stacker, Microsoft created DriveSpace to take advantage of the hard disk compression craze of the mid-1990s. Stacker's parent company successfully sued Microsoft for patent infringement. Check out compression benchmarks in old issues of PC Magazine and InfoWorld.

Microsoft DoubleSpace Manual Cover and MS-DOS 6.22 What's New Page (1993)

Microsoft DoubleSpace Manual Cover and MS-DOS 6.22 What's New Page (1993)
Source: amazon.com

Microsoft Tweak UI (1996-2003)

Lifespan: 7 years

Microsoft Tweak UI Interface on Windows XP (2003)

Microsoft Tweak UI Interface on Windows XP (2003)
Source: softpedia.com

Windows Services for UNIX (1999-2004)

Windows Services for UNIX Help Page (2002)

Windows Services for UNIX Help Page (2002)
Source: oracle.com

Windows Services for UNIX Install Wizard (2003)

Windows Services for UNIX Install Wizard (2003)
Source: archive.org

Windows SteadyState (2005-2008)

Windows SteadyState Interface (2005)

Windows SteadyState Interface (2005)
Source: south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Windows SteadyState Restrictions (2005)

Windows SteadyState Restrictions (2005)
Source: south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Microsoft RichCopy (2002-2010)

Lifespan: 8 years

Microsoft RichCopy Interface (2009)

Microsoft RichCopy Interface (2009)
Source: softpedia.com

Microsoft Drive Extender (2007-2010)

Windows Home Server Disk Management Interface (2010)

Windows Home Server Disk Management Interface (2010)
Source: davescomputertips.com

Windows SideShow (2006-2013)

Lifespan: 7 years

Windows SideShow Gadgets in Emulator (2008)

Windows SideShow Gadgets in Emulator (2008)
Source: devx.com

Windows Live Mesh (2008-2013)

Windows Live Mesh Interface (2008)

Windows Live Mesh Interface (2008)
Source: flickr.com

Windows Easy Transfer (2007-2014)

Lifespan: 67years

Windows Easy Transfer Interface (2007)

Windows Easy Transfer Interface (2007)
Source: dell.com

Microsoft OneClip App (2015-2016)

OneClip Interface on Mobile and Laptop (2015)

OneClip Interface on Mobile and Laptop (2015)
Source: pureinfotech.com

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