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Internet Explorer has been a blotch on the recent Microsoft timeline. Once the flagship web browser of Windows XP, the world's most used operating system, used by hundreds of millions worldwide, Microsoft decided "enough was enough".
After a long campaign of asking others to pass the message on to their friends, the software giant is desperate to get rid of the browser, superseded by three newer browsers. Plagued by security issues and vulnerabilities, Microsoft vowed to support the browsers' users until global share reaches 1 percent, but that is not expected in the next year or so.
It is believed that the browser was the reason why Google left China -- sparking a worldwide diplomatic outrage between the United States and China.
The games console that never even had the chance to succeed.
Launched in November 1998 in Japan, nearly a year later in September 1999 in North America and shortly after in Europe in October 1999, the 128-bit video games console was discontinued only a couple of years later after poor sales and its lack of available games. The new chair of Sega, who manufactured the device, wanted to focus on software instead of games consoles.
Having said that, despite its short lifespan, the games console was vastly ahead of its time, but suffered with poor marketing and other rival games consoles of the time. Only 10 million consoles were sold during its time, but many can still be found on eBay for cult collectors.
RealPlayer, though hard to believe, is nearly 17 years old this year. Available on a wide variety of platforms, and even on mobile devices, in theory it could be one of the best media players on the planet.
But the sluggish, slow and packed full of crapware software was nothing but a plague on millions of computers worldwide. Spyware was even found to be in the software, which led to a massive boycott and controversy surrounding the company that makes the software.
Though it supports MP3s, MPEG-4 formats, QuickTime and Windows Media formats, the only reason anyone would use it is if they were forced to, by needing to view or listen to its propriety RealAudio and RealVideo formats.
It's no VLC, suffice to say.