Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:55 UTC
Microsoft "Steve Ballmer had a dilemma. He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers. One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen. But it had a problem: it was running a modified version of Windows. That ran headlong into the vision of tablet computing laid out by Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division. Sinofsky was wary of any product - let alone one from inside Microsoft's walls - that threatened the foundation of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But Sinofsky's tablet-friendly version of Windows was more than two years away." I'm still mad at Microsoft for this one.
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RE: They was right
by zima on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 14:31 UTC in reply to "They was right"
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Now everybody are forgotten Zune, but MS still remember [...] Actually I'm very surprise that Xbox is so nice. They should be grateful Apple don't have game console.

The Pippin was already mentioned, but there's also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Interactive_Television_Box - the two categories converge, it's very clear MS wishes for Xbox to be more than just a game console - which also places it, most notably, in similar category and out-competing the present Apple "just a hobby" TV.


Generally, human memory - also (particularly?) collective one - is quite poor, we quickly forget most stuff and settle on, largely, self-reinforcing myths (the first mechanism mentioned here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_memory#Features_of_collecti... is a charming example ;) )

How many remember that iPod was not Apple's first attempt at digital portable audio player? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerCD (NVM how it really caught on much later than often remembered: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ipod_sales_per_quarter.svg - which was also near the time when most of the world simply shifted or outright jumped over to music-capable phones)
How many remember Apple digicams? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_QuickTake
Apple III? The Puck Mouse? Recent MobileMe issues at least? Or what a mess their platform was thrughout large part of the 90s? (them not folding probably mostly due to - undeserved at the time - fanbase)

Sometimes it ends up really funny... how many of the people who embraced x86 Mac transition remember almost slandering P3-era x86 chips? (together with the marketing campaign of PowerPC "supercomputer on a chip" G4, based on few hand-picked, optimised Photoshop tasks ...while, short few years later, jumping on quite direct descendants of P3 and boasting huge speed improvements at the announcement)


It's not nearly only Apple of course - look at, say, "all their formats fail" Sony (curiously, in a bit opposite direction), which created or co-created many of the widespread standards (this naturally makes them less exclusively associated with Sony, that's pretty much the definition of "standard" - only the failed ones retain those association; and since Sony does a lot, and large part (most?) of it doesn't even face consumers...)

Edited 2011-11-02 14:42 UTC

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