All Cancelled Microsoft Utilities
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.
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This article is part of a series. Return home to all discontinued Microsoft products.
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 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 Tweak UI (1996-2003)
Lifespan: 7 years
Windows Services for UNIX (1999-2004)
Windows Services for UNIX Help Page (2002)
Windows Services for UNIX Install Wizard (2003)
Windows SteadyState (2005-2008)
Windows SteadyState Interface (2005)
Windows SteadyState Restrictions (2005)
Microsoft RichCopy (2002-2010)
Lifespan: 8 years
Microsoft Drive Extender (2007-2010)
Windows SideShow (2006-2013)
Lifespan: 7 years
Windows Live Mesh (2008-2013)
Windows Easy Transfer (2007-2014)
Microsoft OneClip App (2015-2016)
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