2015 was a revolutionary year in terms of new technologies, innovations, and concepts, but 2015 also witnessed the death of some major technologies that were considered to be a real breakthrough in their prime. While it is unfortunate to lose such technologies, we should rejoice in the fact that newer technologies and concepts are taking their places to improve our lives at a considerable pace. So, let us take a close look at which technology has died in 2015.
Microsoft Zune [2006 – 2015]
Microsoft Zune was Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s iPod, and after 9 years of existence, Microsoft has finally pulled the plug on 15 November 2015. The Microsoft Zune was available from 2006 onwards and was an immensely popular platform among music buffs.
Windows RT [2012 – 2015]
Windows RT was designed as a less resource-intensive program that was supposed to replace the lackluster windows 8 platform for low-end mobile devices. Windows RT ended up short of its expectations due to a lack of performance, software support, and several compatibility issues. Windows RT was available from 2012 to 2015.
Replaceable Batteries [1954 – 2015]
Replaceable batteries used to be a boon for professionals and long distance travelers who used to carry replacement batteries for their devices. However, designers have decided to make the switch to inbuilt and concealed batteries to save costs, form factor, battery backup, and more importantly, weight. Most mainstream mobile and laptop manufacturers are switching to inbuilt batteries, and only a handful of manufacturers still use replaceable batteries.
Internet Explorer [1995 – 2015]
Internet Explorer has been with us since the inception of a personal computer and used to be one of the most popular and most-used web browsers until recent times. However, newer web browsers have since overtaken the Internet Explorer in all departments, and while it is not dead per se, Microsoft has revamped the concept by coming out with a new version known as the Microsoft Edge.
Firefox OS [2013 – 2015]
This might come as a surprise to many, but Firefox had their own proprietary OS for the mobile platform that ran from 2013 to 2015. Initially designed as an alternative to the mainstream OS for emerging markets, Firefox finally pulled the plug owing to a lack of interest and the inability to offer the best user experience that its immediate competitors provide.
Adobe Flash [1996 – 2015]
Adobe Flash has been with us since the introduction of the personal computer and has been the backbone of online animations and website design. That said, Adobe is not killing off the technology entirely, as they are planning on a complete makeover of the product in the form of Animate CC, which will incorporate all the aspects of Adobe Flash along with new features and functionalities. This is done to get Adobe Flash in tune with modern HTML 5 content.
Amazon Fire Phone [2014 – 2015]
The Fire Phone was Amazon’s crack at the smartphone market that failed to make any kind of impact that the company expected. The phone was considered hugely complicated and lacked the essential feature set that its immediate competitors could provide. After one year in the market, Amazon had enough with their smartphone offering and pulled the plug.
Yahoo Maps [2002 – 2015]
Yahoo is finally putting its Yahoo Maps service to rest after 13 years of existence, three more than Google Maps. Yes, Yahoo Maps predates the popular Google Maps but has since failed to generate any kind of sensible usage to justify its existence.
Windows Media Center [2002 – 2015]
It took Microsoft a laborious 13 years to understand that users prefer their televisions in their living room, and would rather use their PCs for what they are designed for. Windows Media Center was designed for converting a PC into a TV but was scrapped last year over lower demand.
PlayStation Mobile [2012 – 2015]
It seems PlayStation themselves had no idea about the PlayStation Mobile concept, and in just 3 years, the PlayStation Mobile is no more. It is an example of creativity that doesn’t serve any purpose to the technology user.