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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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 14th Jan 2013 19:41 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

IE6 was the best browser at release and Microsoft were at the top of their game. The misstep was not following it up and resting for five years.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2013 19:51 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You can't expect these crappy InfoWorld filler pieces to contain any nuance.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by MechaShiva on Mon 14th Jan 2013 20:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
MechaShiva Member since:
2005-07-06

They knocked around the easy stuff fairly well, hit their historic cues pretty well, heck, they even stumbled on something insightful like the senior leadership vacuum and yet they botched the pièce de résistance by listing IE6 as misstep number one.

Maybe someone should compile a list of infoworld botch jobs...

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by darknexus on Mon 14th Jan 2013 20:10 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

IE6 was the best browser at release and Microsoft were at the top of their game. The misstep was not following it up and resting for five years.

A mistake for them, a lucky break for those of us who appreciate the entire web not being tied to Microsoft. It sure sucks for web developers though, since IE6 still has to be accounted for when developing major websites.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by lucas_maximus on Tue 15th Jan 2013 07:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It depends what the % of users are visiting. The site have less than 3000 visitors a year that use IE6, so I am told not to waste my time on it.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by nej_simon on Mon 14th Jan 2013 22:59 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

IE6 was the best browser at release ...


That's debatable. I was using opera at the time. It was faster than IE6, had tabs, rendered most sites perfectly and didn't have the many security issues that plagued IE6. So I wouldn't agree that IE6 was the best browser even back then. It also ran on Linux btw.

Edited 2013-01-14 22:59 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by phoenix on Tue 15th Jan 2013 16:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

And it could be run off a floppy! I used to carry around a pair of Opera floppies in university to run on the Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 machines. Way better experience than Netscape 2/3 or IE 4/5/6. Even with the ad banner at the top.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Dave_K on Wed 16th Jan 2013 15:40 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

IE6 was the best browser at release and Microsoft were at the top of their game.


Seriously?

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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