"we understand that the software maker has fallen out of love with the tech"
If they were google they might have the good grace to open source it. But they're not; I doubt they'll even sell it to anyone to let them have a go at making it work. I'll pitch in a euro (see here now chief, it's worth more than a USoA dollar!) to take it off their hands. For dammit, we need something like that already just to stop the ever-growing flood of leaked personal info.
And given that rolling it out world-wide is going to take quite enough time already, we really can't do without more redmondian danger antics. Seems my annoyance and dark thoughts back when they sucked up the thing were entirely too justified. For this technology that is a pity and a darn shame. Throw a "it is hard" tantrum while at it, why don't you.
You know, redmondees still believe they're doing good things for the world and such. Well. This is, or would be, quite the wonderful chance to prove being right, but so far they're not making much of it. Which to me is simply yet more proof they're full of it. Buncha cultists. Do everyone a favour and go do what crackpot cultists do best, already.