Wash. – Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) announced on
Friday that, as of April 15, its Xbox Live online game service will no longer
support its original Xbox console, which first went on sale back in 2002. "We
did not make this decision lightly, but after careful consideration and review
we realize that this decision will allow us unprecedented flexibility for
future features," the company said. The company has sold a total of over
24 million units of the original Xbox, which was discontinued in 2006.