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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 Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Mon 14th Jan 2013 20:39 UTC
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2005-07-12

" blending Windows 98 and NT to form Windows 2000; "

I think you mean blending '98 and NT to form Windows ME?

Windows ME was 98 with the NT network stack.

It also wasn't a bad OS. Most of the problems came with the removal of real mode from the OS (Which some software still expected for some reason), which broke DOS compatibility. And, since Windows XP was right around the corner (Which ended up offering better DOS support than ME), there was no real reason to support it.

Okay. Now, the article:

Misstep #10: It's worth clarifying that the volume of users that said "I'm sticking with '98!" or "I'm sticking with 2000!" when XP came out. I was one of them (2000 for me).

Misstep #8: Despite the hyperbole, you didn't have to "beg Microsoft for forgiveness" if you had to call in for validation. The other points still stand, though.

Misstep #7: Minor point: Metro -> Windows Store Apps is because somebody else's trademark on Metro may be applicable to Windows. This does give Metro Mail app the confusing name of Windows Store Mail. And, yes, it comes pre-installed, but it also updates through the Windows STore, and if you uninstall it, the Windows Store is where you go when you want to reinstall it.

Misstep #6: IE 6 was by far the best browser available when it came out. Active X problems usually popped up when people just installed whatever Active-X control they got prompted to install. While more stringent default settings would have been nicer, before this point the level of mass user ineptitude that exists hadn't been truly demonstrated.

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BONUS
by Drumhellar on Mon 14th Jan 2013 20:43 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

I spent a whole day trying to come up with a worse name than "Windows RT." I couldn't do it.


Well, he's not very imaginative.

Windows Tiddly-Piddle is a worse name.

So is Quantal Quetzal.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by pbassjunk on Mon 14th Jan 2013 21:43 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
pbassjunk Member since:
2009-09-20

Agree.. Windows 2000 is widely considered one of the top Microsoft OS releases.

Stability of NT4 + accessibility and compatibility of 95/98. Everyone has rose tinted glasses w/ XP now due to general consensus of the Vista flop (which wasn't really all that bad).

Everyone's forgotten (or weren't around for) all the derision of cartoonish XP compared to 2K. It was worse than ME bashing, almost worse than eventual G5 vs Pentium trolling.

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