Why is Recite being discontinued? Why not release it as freeware?

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Why discontinue recite? Why not release it as freeware and stop development?
It is a really useful application, especially for mobile users. When you are commuting, shopping, or whatever, and you can't write something down, this is the ideal way to create a voice note that can be easily recovered using key words.
Am I correct that it now has a time fuse that will disable it on 12/31/2009?
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Dale Hayes

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Andrew

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Absolutely agree. I found Microsoft Recite to be very useful when out and about and am devastated that Microsoft is withdrawing it.
I guess that as a Technology Preview it has the right to do that, but it will leave a lot of users disenchanted as there was at least an implied expectation that the product would continue and develop.
Please reconsider, Microsoft, you have a lot of users of this product who will not be well pleased unless you replace it.
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Microsoft Recite is being discontinued so that we can incorporate the technology into other products. However, we cannot continue to develop for it as a standalone product.

It is true that the Microsoft Recite application on the phone will stop working after 12/31/2009.
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@nikhul. No offense, but that's weak. There is not reason that you couldn't allow recite to continue to work as an unsupported app. Just set it not to expire and keep it from connecting to your servers. Then you guys could go on to your other projects and we wouldn't be left high and dry. Really it's kind of BS to let people get used to using one of your products and then just pulling it back.
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I only just heard about this product tonight and this is what I have been looking for! I then find out its going to be discontinued... This is exactly what busy people want - I have been looking for something like this for more than 2 years. Find it and its going to be discontinued!
I think that Microsoft should at least say what is it going to do with the product in the future.
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davidjsullivan8

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Yup, me too. just found out about this app today. Disappointed that I'm able to try it out.
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José Luis Maldonado Burgos

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I feel bad cause I understand Mrecite it is a very useful programme and i try to download and I cannot find any link for that!
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Zach

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I feel so sad after heard this news, recite is soooooooo useful to us, pls reconsider the decision.
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Shawn Keene

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Microsoft, why are you disabling it? That's horrible user experience. You don't have to support it, or even provide it, but if we already have it, you shouldn't be remotely-disabling things on my device. This is an outrageous course of action.
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Everyone, if you didn't need the voice search capabilities of Recite, but you used it because it was finger friendly I've found a good substitute: Vito Audio Notes Touch (make sure you get the touch version). It isn't free, but it is definitely worth the $15 since Microsoft has abandoned us. There is a free trial version on their website (google it and you'll find it).
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DrJ

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I agree with most of you about the disappointment of this. Microsoft says that we must keep our files in the PC, but what for?, is there any way to hear the notes with another program?. This is the worst thing for me, I have some voice notes I can not access anymore...... Please, Microsoft, free the app and let us go on using it, even if you are not going to support it anymore.

Best regards.