Microsoft recently withdrew support and patches for Windows XP SP2. The decision marks the latest in a string of moves by the company to kill off products and technologies that either outlived their uselessness or never became useful in the first place.

While some in the industry would very much like to see Microsoft speed the demise of even more of its wares (namely Internet Explorer 6), here's a rundown of what Microsoft has snuffed out so far in 2010.

Windows 2000 & XP SP2 support and patches

Microsoft did honour XP at least by issuing a patch to prevent some zero-day attacks. However, it's now up to customers to move to Windows XP SP3, or if Microsoft has its way, Windows 7. Meanwhile, some observers expect hackers to have a field day before the bulk of customers do move off the old software.

As for future Patch Tuesdays, we suspect Microsoft won't be hurting for things to fix even without Windows XP SP2 to worry about. If you're curious about where other product lifecycles stand within Microsoft, check out this handy search tool.

Kin phones

Microsoft pulled the plug on these not entirely smart phones aimed at kids too cool to want to buy them just two months after they hit the market in the US. Despite a critically-acclaimed design and a focus on social networking features, the Kins were a flop, most likely in part due to inevitable OEM partner conflict.

The word from Microsoft of the Kin's fate in June: "Microsoft has made the decision to focus on the Windows Phone 7 launch and will not ship Kin in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our Kin team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from Kin into future Windows Phone releases."

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