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Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures

Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures

We don’t really blog about Microsoft, but our friends at Money.co.uk blogged about Microsoft’s Biggest Flops and Failures, honestly it is very interesting! It remembers me of some stuff that I really hate about Microsoft… Yes, the paperclip, although I kind of like Comics san. Haha!

10. Windows CE 1996 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A buggy operating system

Why so awful?

The name alone is enough to make you WinCE. This lightweight operating system was supposed to be a pocket-computing epiphany in 1996, allowing PCs to become truly personal. Rather than just a slim version of Windows, it’s an operating system and kernel in its own right, making it ideal for mobile devices.

At least, it is on paper; in reality, forums are filled with developers and users expressing (in strong language) exactly what they think of it.

Any saving graces?

In its defence, it has survived for fifteen years and has recently been released with dual-core CPU support and advanced touch input.

 

9. Zune 2006 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

An MP3 player nobody has heard of

Why so awful?

Apple’s iPod dominates this arena and the Zune accounts for just 3% of the standalone MP3 player market. It doesn’t look quite as pretty, its battery life is below average, there’s no Mac support, it’s completely awful from a technical point of view and compatibility can be problematic. However, while it’s marginally less impressive than the iPod it arguably deserves more of the marketplace than the 3% it currently enjoys. This is unlikely to change, however.

Any saving graces?

Unlike the iPod, it doesn’t scratch in long grass and comes with an FM tuner.

 

8. Internet Explorer 1995 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A dying web browser

Why so awful?

Feature-packed and simple to use, Internet Explorer was the most popular browser in the world by 2001 with a 95% usage share. Upon realising this, however, Microsoft made the mistake of resting on its laurels, and the world’s hackers and script kiddies set to work targeting its ubiquitous software, making it dangerously vulnerable by 2004.

By the time Microsoft got around to releasing IE7, competitors like Opera and Mozilla’s Firefox had already started to gain an advantage and left the mortally wounded browser with less than a 50% usage share.

Any saving graces?

The later versions are actually rather good, but not good enough to reverse its heavy fall from grace.

 

7. Kin Born and died in 2010

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A half-baked phone

Why so awful?

Microsoft withdrew this failure after just 48 days on sale. It was almost a good idea – a mobile aggregator with constant connections to social networks like Facebook and Twitter – but some estimates suggest it sold as few as 500 units in its first week.

It was late onto the market having been converted from Sidekick to CE, and there were some clear holes in functionality; it didn’t support reTweeting on Twitter, there were no instant messaging packages available, its GPS was only for geotagging photos, and there was no way to transmit contact details between devices.

Any saving graces?

It still sells in the US, albeit as a ‘feature phone’ rather than a smartphone and at a much reduced price.

 

6. Windows ME 2000 – 2003

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

Another failed operating system

Why so awful?

Possibly the most unpopular operating system ever released, ‘Millennium Edition’ served as an ineffective stop-gap between Windows 98 and Windows XP. PC World referred to ME as the ‘mistake edition’, given that it crashed more often than not, offered no real improvement on Windows 98 and would constantly ‘help’ by restoring deleted malware.

It lasted thirteen months before being usurped by the NT-based XP.

Any saving graces?

None that we can think of.

 

5. Comic Sans MS 1995 – Present

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

An irritating font

Why so awful?

This much-maligned font was created for use with Microsoft Bob, another critically unpopular output from Microsoft HQ. Times New Roman looked too severe in the cartoonish speech bubbles of Bob’s drawn world.

It was completed too late for inclusion in the software, but debuted in Microsoft 3D Movie Maker before being released as part of every Windows OS since. Criticised – along with Papyrus – for relentlessly inappropriate use, the “Ban Comic Sans” movement is several thousand strong in the USA.

Any saving graces?

While it’s a monument of technological unpopularity, it hasn’t lost Microsoft any money (though it hasn’t made them any either).

 

4. MSN Smart Watch 2004 – 2010

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A gaudy watch with email support

Why so awful?

This tacky-looking creation was supposed to connect to the MSN network wherever the wearer needed to read his or her e-mails.

The screen was basic, less than an inch wide and made of the same liquid crystal as mobile phones circa 2000. What further dissuaded potential buyers as the prohibitively high data fees at the time of its release making it too expensive for most people to run.

It soldiered on for some time with the last subscriptions being taken out in November 2010, but the service will be discontinued next January.

Any saving graces?

Email on the go was fairly advanced back in 2004.

 

3. ActiMates 1997 – 2000

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A terrifying children’s toy

Why so awful?

Sold as educational toys, Actimates were capable of giving positive affirmation for correct answers to questions. The idea sounded good, but their failure stemmed from the inherent creepiness.

With the dolls modelled on popular children’s TV characters (the Tellytubbies, Barney and the anthropomorphic gang from Hey Arthur) and would suddenly come to life if they heard their own programme or theme tune in the background. The eeriness lead to poor sales and Actimates were pulled altogether in 2000.

Any saving graces?

Intentions were good.

 

2. Microsoft Bob Born and died in 1995

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A bona fide disaster

Why so awful?

Microsoft Bob was released in 1995 and was met with almost universal scorn. Even Microsoft themselves, who aren’t very vocal about their failures, admitted Bob was a disaster.

Ostensibly a user-friendly version of Microsoft’s Windows, it featured a household whose various accoutrements represented the programmes likely to be needed by a nineties computer user – for instance, if you clicked on the grandfather clock it would tell you the time, and if you selected the stack of envelopes you could send an e-mail. In reality it was a completely unworkable mess.

Any saving graces?

Not only were there no positives with Microsoft Bob, but it also saw the origins of the worst Microsoft flop of all time. Speaking of which…

 

1. That Damned Paperclip 1997 – 2007

Microsoft Biggest Flops and Failures 

What is it?

A public hate figure

Why so awful?

What can be said about the Microsoft Office Paperclip that hasn’t already been written before? The ‘assistant’, nicknamed Clippy, was designed to offer help on a wide variety of tasks but instead was intrusive and never seemed to get the hint that nobody wanted his help with writing a letter.

Microsoft were essentially press ganged into removing him due to a wave of criticism and bile, and it remains the most hated feature we’re yet to see on any operating system or program.

Any saving graces?

They did kill him eventually, albeit 10 years too late.

Read more: http://www.money.co.uk/misc/microsofts-biggest-flops-and-failures.htm#ixzz1Ombo8Wkq




Humor: iBoy – Newest creation from Apple [Video]

iBoy is the newest creation from Apple! iBoy comes in black or white, multiple language and sizes. iBoy is most suitable for family who wants an extra kid or if you feel that bring up a child is very troublesome, iBoy will be great for you as you only need to charge him everynight! Yes, iBoy is a hybrid of human boy and magical iPad.

Of course its a joke, check out the video. It is pretty funny:


Lego + Apple is just too cool! [Video]

It might not be a real product. But I seriously think if it is real, it will really sell very well. All geeks love Legos and Apple right? Such a nice combination.

There are a Apple Store Lego set plus a “line” set which consist of legos queuing up Apple products.

Product Features

  • Amazing PLAYMOBIL™ set introduces children to the magic of Apple technology
  • Interactive play teaches important social interaction skills
  • Includes everything pictured: entire store with figures and over 60 accessories
  • Store comes fully staffed with PLAYMOBIL™ Apple Store associates
  • Ground floor of Apple store features product demo tables, software shelves and kids corner
  • Top floor includes Genius Bar and Keynote Theater with mini Steve Jobs figure
  • Use your own real iPhone 4 as the screen behind Steve Jobs in the Keynote Theater (downloadable simulated keynote presentation available on the PLAYMOBIL™ website)
  • Purchase the optional Line Pack and stage your own Apple Device launch party!
  • Entire store measures 72 cm long x 36 cm deep x 40 cm high
  • Officially licensed Apple product

Check out the nicely done video and enjoy the joke:


April Fool joke on News Channel, tricked News Anchor into licking iPad [Video]

Will you believe if iPad can emit smell of food like burgers and cakes? Will you believe that iPad can emit taste even on the screen with an App? An April fool joke was played on a TV news Reporter where a video of the “app” was shown. The other news reporter told her amazingly it works and she was tricked and started smelling and licked the iPad!

Its very funny, check it out:


Fun: Secret of Apple’s Product [Video]

Charlie and the Apple Factory

Do you want to know why Apple’s Product is so attractive and interesting?

Check out this funny video, and you will know why….

Apple’s Secret Recipe of making interesting and successful product?

Yes! I think there is also no secret that make Apple successful. It is just they want to make a product that people will love. They make it very simple, so simple that any kids that pick up iPad for the first time will know how to operate it.
Sometimes we just have to admit that Apple is really successful in what they are doing.

Are you addicted to Angry Birds? Don’t worry, Mike Tyson can help you!

Did anyone told you that you are spending too much time on Angry Birds? If so, then you are addicted to Angry Birds! So… If you want to cure your addiction, how can you go about it? Now Mike Tyson can help your cure your addiction! Haha.

Lucky Mike is not doing to the infamous Angry Bird Cake, else he will most likely regret it after that.

Check out this funny video by Mike Tyson ( Shot by Adam Ostow)


The way this Toddler use iPad is amazing! [Video]

iPad is one of the most amazing hardware invented. Why did I say that? Because I have never seen an hardware or computing device that can be so easily accepted by all ages. I mean all ages, from toddler to elders.

Take a look at the video below you will be amazed, how this toddler use his iPad. He is just 2 years old and can’t speak very well yet, but he is already using iPad like an grown adult. He can scroll through videos, draw on iPad and more!

Check out the toddler video:


Will iPad 2 Blend? [Video]

Will iPad 2 Blend? Of course it will… But don’t you feel heartbreak when you see the video of iPad 2 being blend? It is such… a waste… seriously… why do you such a good piece of hardware?

I don’t really understand why, but it is the marketing and it works because I’m posting this video on my blog. So enjoy the video and see how iPad 2 blend in the blender…

If you like seeing good gadget getting blended… then check out the iPhone 4 blending video too.