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 Thom_Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2013 19:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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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"
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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[3]: Comment by Kroc
by JAlexoid on Mon 14th Jan 2013 23:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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Easy - just open the archive.

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