Linked by snydeq on Mon 14th Jan 2013 18:46 UTC
Windows DOS 4.0, Zune, and Windows 8 are but a few of the landmarks among 25 years of failures Redmond-style, writes InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard in a round-up of Microsoft's 13 worst missteps of all time. 'Over the years, Microsoft's made some incredibly good moves, even if they felt like mistakes at the time: mashing Word and Excel into Office; offering Sabeer Bhatia and cohorts $400 million for a year-old startup; blending Windows 98 and NT to form Windows 2000; sticking a weird Israeli motion sensor on a game box; buying Skype for an unconscionable amount of money. (The jury's still out on the last one.) Along the way, Microsoft has had more than its fair share of bad mistakes; 2012 alone was among the most tumultuous years in Microsoft history I can recall. This year you can bet that Redmond will do everything in its power to prove 2012 naysayers wrong. To do so, Microsoft must learn from the following dirty baker's dozen of its most dreck-laden decisions, the ones that have had the very worst consequences, from a customer's point of view.'
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Windows 8
by WereCatf on Mon 14th Jan 2013 23:04 UTC
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I don't know if I'd even include Windows 8 in that list. Sure, it's too dumbed-down and it totally fails to take into account and accommodate more experienced users, power-users and a whole boatload of work-related environments, but at the same time it accomplishes quite a few things.

For one, Windows 8 now lays out the path for a unified look and feel across many of their products, granting them the distinct feeling of a brand that they've been lacking. Even if the platform really matures in a future version of Windows the steps in-between are still important. Secondly, a curated app store as the default will eventually lead to fewer malware and virus outbreaks, and by extension to fewer computers available for botnet administrators to use. Thirdly, it gave Microsoft the excuse they've been looking for to start manufacturing their own computers and by extension force OEMs to either start working on a competing platform or on improving their own product-lines.

Now, Windows RT should be on that list; it provides absolutely zero advantage over Windows 8, it is completely, fully, wholly capable of everything Windows 8 is, but has been artificially crippled in order to squeeze more money out of fallible people.

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