Microsoft Garage kills its Cache project

Last year, Microsoft’s Garage lab launched Cache — a service that allowed users to sync images, links, files and more with their Windows PC and the iPhone. And now, Microsoft is killing Cache. The company today sent out the following email announcing Cache’s retirement. Here’s the email:

Dear Cache community,

Last year, we set off on a mission to build the simplest way for people to organize their digital stuff around the things important to them, and evolved the OneClip app to Cache. We launched through The Microsoft Garage to bring Cache to you and learn from your feedback. Over the course of this year, we learned that there was an appetite for a service like Cache, but more importantly, your feedback taught us a lot about the extent of the challenges people have with managing and organizing their work.

Moving forward, we won’t develop Cache as a stand-alone product anymore, and we will shut down the Cache service on the 28th of February, 2017. All Garage projects are experiments by definition, and thanks to vocal, passionate users like you, this experiment leaves us better equipped to tackle our original mission to help people easily organize their stuff.

Thanks again for trying an early version of Cache and contributing to the next generation of products that reinvent productivity.

The Cache team

If you are a Cache user, the service will continue to work as usual until the 28th of February — and after that, it will no longer work at all. This isn’t really a huge surprise as all Garage projects are experiments which look pretty exciting at first but then Microsoft Garage quietly stops updating some of these apps. Of course, some of the Garage apps are quite successful and get updated regularly but there are quite a lot of apps from Garage which are no longer being updated.

It is possible Microsoft will integrate Cache into Windows 10 in the future — in fact, as we recently reported, Microsoft is going to introduce a range of new syncing features to Cortana including Universal Clipboard and more to Windows 10 with the Creators Update.

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