Top 10 Failed Microsoft Products That Ruined The Company’s Reputation
We all know very well that the qualities of the tech giant Microsoft’s well-known computer operating system, of course, Windows are enormous, which are much more important than their failures, as they have revolutionized the whole computer world. However, to understand some of those achievements, and even the current Windows 10, we must also know their mistakes as well. Hence, here we are going to take a look at the 10 most famous failures of the tech giant Microsoft.
Top 10 Failed Microsoft Products That Ruined The Company’s Reputation
The qualities and benefits of the tech giant Microsoft’s well-known computer operating system, of course, Windows are enormous, which are much more important than their failures, as they have revolutionized the whole computer world.
However, to understand some of those achievements, and even the current Windows 10, we must also know their mistakes as well. Hence, here we are going to take a look at the 10 most famous failures of the tech giant Microsoft.
As here, we are not going to speak only about the versions of the operating system, but also about the applications, services, and programs associated to Windows, which did not work as the tech giant Microsoft and users have expected.
As we all know very well that the tech giant Microsoft’s computer OS, of course, Windows was released in 1985, and since then countless versions have been released, some more successful than others. But nobody can deny that it has been a key piece in the birth and expansion of domestic and business computing, as we should simply praise its compatibility and ease of use.
But, we must also recognize that in these 35 years of history, the tech giant Microsoft has often screwed up with its operating systems. Sometimes for going against the interests of users, and sometimes for wanting to imitate competitive products or market trends that do not adapt well to PCs or computers.
So, what are you waiting for? Now without wasting much time, let’s get started and simply explore the whole list that we have mentioned below.
The tech giant Microsoft has always been accustomed to leading the markets in which it participates, especially in the field of software. For more than 30 years it has led the computer operating systems and associated software.
Later the tech giant Microsoft tried to compete by launching in 2000 a mobile operating system, known as Windows Mobile which is based on Windows CE, but, later in 2010, it evolved to Windows Phone. But, the fact is that mobile processors did not fit too well into a Windows-based system, and developers found it hard to convert their iOS or Android apps to Windows Mobile.
Hence, the maximum number of smartphone manufacturers were not interested in designing the models with the Microsoft operating system, which made the tech giant Microsoft to buy Nokia to make their own smartphones.
But users who were accustomed to Android and iOS found it difficult to change to the Windows interface, and not only that even the shortage of apps made the tech giant Microsoft surrender, and then Microsoft announced the discontinuation of the Windows Phone.
Who has not had nightmares with Microsoft Clippy, the well-known office assistant in the form of a clip that did not stop bothering you when you least needed it. While now if we talk about the Microsoft Bob, then let me clarify that it is the interface which is designed by Melinda, the wife of Bill Gates, who replaced the icons of Windows with everyday objects and animal assistants, supposedly to facilitate the use of Windows.
Games for Windows – Live
In 2006, with the launch of Windows Vista, the tech giant Microsoft also launched the Games for Windows platform. Basically, the goal was to move the entire videogame architecture of its Xbox console to the PC.
However, the Games compatible with Games for Windows had to comply with a series of features, like the achievements and trophies, chat during multiplayer games, parental control, gamepad support, etc. However, later the idea did not materialize for several reasons, hence, the tech giant Microsoft closed it in 2014.
Windows Vista is released in 2006 and it has faced lots of difficulties to overcome Windows XP, it is one of the most popular Windows operating systems of the tech giant Microsoft. However, to convince the Windows XP users to move to Windows Vista, the tech giant Microsoft added a more colorful interface known as Aero, new media players, and new features like the Windows Defender, which added a firewall to Windows, and a new mail manager known as Windows Mail.
But, Windows Vista’s main problem was not the influence of its predecessor, but its own mistakes. As the new graphics layer and other kernel changes focused on the BIOS and processor security made Vista a slow operating system. As it consumed a lot of resources, so it did not work well on less powerful computers, and it made the applications and, especially, the games, much slower than on the Windows XP. As after its launch and one year later, it was only installed in 8% of the PCs. Hence, the tech giant Microsoft recognized the failure and accelerated the release of Windows 7 then.
Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6)
In 1995, the tech giant Microsoft launched its well-known web browser Internet Explorer, which comes installed by default in Windows, and came to be used in 95% of PCs between the years 2002 and 2003.
Hence, it is undeniable that the premiere of Chrome in 2008, which the tech giant Google very intelligently tied to the Google account and associated services, contributed to its decline. But it was the tech giant Microsoft’s mistakes that led to the fall.
It all started with Internet Explorer 6, a system with numerous bugs and security problems, which also had compatibility failures with many Internet services. Hence, Explorer gained bad reputation between the PC users, who little by little went to Chrome, for its extraordinary and handy features.
It is basically, the tech giant Microsoft’s well-known personal virtual assistant that comes by default with the Windows 10. However, the fact is that it is another one of the lost battles of the tech giant Microsoft against the tech giants of the internet.
Basically, we all know very well that a virtual assistant has its reason for being on a mobile device without a keyboard, as it is difficult to type on a small screen, hence, it is more convenient to communicate with voice.
But on a desktop PC or laptop, where searches and other operations can be done quickly and comfortably with the help keyboard and the big screen, their a virtual assistant simply loses the interest of users.
However, the fact is that Cortana is still present in Windows 10, but, most of the users have deactivated it, and even the tech giant Microsoft has also taken it away from Windows 10 updates.
Steve Ballmer, the Ex-CEO of the tech giant Microsoft had the quality of boosting Microsoft’s professional business in the field of servers, the cloud, and business software. But he was a terrible executive director of the commercial and leisure branch of the company.
With both Windows 8 and the Xbox One console, he made the same big mistake, and here they are, depreciate users, turn their backs on them and market a product that nobody had asked for, and wanted it.
With Xbox One, the tech giant Microsoft developed a console that required a permanent connection to the Internet and prevented to lend games or buy and sell them secondhand. Hence, this scenario simply rained so many criticisms that were improved before the launch, but it was too late. As at that time the PS4 of Sony won the battle of the new generation of consoles before starting.
With Windows 8 which is marketed in 2012, the tech giant Microsoft did exactly the same thing, as it launched a product that users did not want. It was the increase of smartphones and tablets, which had reduced sales of PCs, so the tech giant Microsoft basically created an operating system for tablets which is known as Windows 8, as it was intended to create pressure on desktop computers.
Hence, the idea did not please anyone, and Windows 8 became such a hated system that the tech giant Microsoft skipped to Windows 9 simply to strengthen the idea of separation with respect to Windows 8, and directly launched the all-new Windows 10.
It is basically launched in 1997, which was a Google Earth like project, with which the tech giant Microsoft could see your house, your neighborhood, or a place that you have never been before via satellite imagery. But, the fact is that later the service was discontinued in 1999 by the tech giant Microsoft itself.
Excess of email services
The tech giant Microsoft has always been quite successful with its mail services, both with MSN and Outlook, along with the purchase of Hotmail, for years they were the most used free mail services of the tech giant Microsoft.
But, later when the tech giant Google launched in 2004 its free email service, Gmail from that time until now, 15 years later, there has only been one email domain which is dominating the internet, of course, “Gmail.com”.
Zune was launched by the tech giant Microsoft simply to compete against the tech giant Apple’s iPod, which was already sold more than 100 million units when Microsoft’s Zune hit the market. And as a result, the tech giant Microsoft’s Zune took two years to sold about 2 million units, hence, later the tech giant Microsoft decided to shut down Zune in June 2012.
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