Xbox Live is Dead, Long Live Xbox Live
As previously reported, Microsoft plans to cut off the original Xbox Live service starting tomorrow, April 15. That makes today the swan song for the original service that popularized online infrastructure in game consoles. If you want to celebrate the good times by popping in your copy of Halo 2, you have until midnight tonight.
The decision was made for the "greatest benefit to the Xbox LIVE community." With the old infrastructure gone entirely, Microsoft can focus more on updating features. The most famous example is the 100-friend limit to the service, which Microsoft admitted was due to the old service. The company was reluctant to pull it due to Halo 2 support, but the time has finally come.