Enterprise Applications: From Microsoft Bob to Windows 7: Microsoft's Biggest Failures and Successes

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-03-30 Print this article Print
From Microsoft Bob to Windows 7: Microsofts Biggest Failures and Successes

From Microsoft Bob to Windows 7: Microsofts Biggest Failures and Successes

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Microsoft Bob, released 15 years ago this month, was supposed to layer Windows with an easy-to-use, cartoonish interface for those not so technologically inclined. While perhaps a good idea, Bob turned out to be a notable failure for Microsoft, which shuttered the project by 1996 after nearly a year of terrible reviews and concerns that its hardware requirements exceeded most of its target users' machines. That's not the only time a Microsoft product crashed and burned in a very public way. As the following slides demonstrate, some of the company's other products (Vista, "Clippit," Mobile 6.5) met similar ends—even as others, including Windows 7 and Office, proved to be spectacular successes.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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