Microsoft has quietly killed off one of its touted Live Labs projects “Deepfish” and another of the Microsoft incubator’s projects — the Volta toolkit is missing in action.
Deepfish, an enhanced mobile browser for Windows Mobile, was discontinued on September 30 (or September 31, as the note about the ending of the service on the Deepfish site erroneously states).
Microsoft’s explanation for Deepfish’s demise (from the Live Labs Web site):
“When Live Labs began working on Deepfish, we set out to prove our theory that there was an unmet demand for a better mobile browsing experience than what was available at the time we started the project in 2006. It wasn’t our intent to create a full browser for the preview, but rather simply demonstrate that a novel and simple new user experience was the best way to achieve that. The positive reception and incredible demand for the Deepfish technical preview went a long way towards proving that. And now, thanks in part to Deepfish, many better alternatives are emerging.”