It’s been a great year for tech inventions with new apps becoming must have features of our lives, cloud computing on the rise, smart products taking over the world and a ton of other cool gadgets hitting the market. However as we welcome in the new it is also time to pay our respects to the old. Here, ITbuilder takes a look at 5 of the tech products we lost this year... RIP Tech Products of 2014.

1. MSN Messenger

After Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011 there were a number of changes made and one of these was the finishing up of Windows Live Messenger, a household name known better as MSN Messenger. MSN Messenger is a complete dinosaur when compared with today’s equivalents of WhatsApp, SnapChat and Facebook Messenger, but what can we say... we remember it fondly.

2. Windows XP

Microsoft decided to end support for Windows XP this year in favour of streamlining its services and ultimately preparing for the big Microsoft 10! XP has been used in millions of offices and homes worldwide and we are sad that it will be phased out. Unlike the much disliked Windows 8, XP has been known and loved worldwide

3. Macworld Magazine

In September 2014 Macworld Magazine finally closed and although the website will remain open the actual printed magazine has disappeared from newsagent shelves. Macworld editorial director Jason Snell, himself a high-profile name on numerous tech podcasts has also left the company. Macworld magazine closed its doors just before the much hyped Apple Smartwatch and iPhone 6 hit the high streets and will be remembered for its down to earth, witty and tech savvy articles.

4. Nokia X

Ahhh Nokia... remember when we all had one? It was huge. We talked, texted and played snake? Some of the old guard here at ITbuilder still maintain that the Nokia 6210 was the best mobile phone (for reliability of voice service, at least) ever produced.  Well there have been a ton of changes at Microsoft and following the arrival of new CEO Satya Nadella, the company decided to drop its Android-based Nokia X line of mobile phones. Instead Microsoft state: “the move was designed, in part, to concentrate the company's efforts more on producing more affordable mobile phones and focus more on Windows Universal apps.” RIP Nokia X you were the godfather of mobile phones.

5. Flappy Bird

How could Flappy Bird not make it into ITbuilder’s list? Flappy Bird created by Vietnam-based Dong Nguyen was a viral hit almost overnight but the pressure and perhaps lack of preparation for the success caused Nguyen to pull the game stating  “I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore." Others tried to imitate the game but failed to capture its virality. RIP Flappy Bird.

Which tech product are you most sad to lose this year? 

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