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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Dave_K on Wed 16th Jan 2013 15:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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IE6 was the best browser at release and Microsoft were at the top of their game.


I thought IE6 was garbage at the time. No saved sessions, no tabs/multiple documents, and missing quite a few other nice browser features I'd been using for years. It was like a stripped down minimalist browser, only without the speed and low use of resources... What on Earth was so good about it?

To me the idea that it was the best browser at release is about as ridiculous as labelling Windows ME the best OS.

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