8 Failed Microsoft products that really ruined company’s reputation

Microsoft best know for Windows Operating Systems ,Windows Phone,Xbox ,Azure,Office etc. But these are not the only the only products the tech giant ever launched. There are some failed Microsoft products that really ruined company’s reputation.

In this article we are going to list these failed Microsoft products. All these unsuccessful Microsoft product suffered commercially a great loss.

Failed Microsoft Products :

1. Windows Mobile :

 Failed Microsoft Products - Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile

Don’t be confused with Windows Phone, Windows Mobile launched in 2000 were the first mobile operating system developed by Microsoft for smartphones and Pocket PCs.  It was the most popular smartphone software in the U.S but its popularity faded with arrival of iOS and Android. Windows Mobile included an app store, a browser, and touch screen support. Microsoft stopped supporting Windows Mobile upon the release of Windows Phone 7 in 2012.

2. Zune :

Failed Microsoft Products - Zune

Zune a brand of digital media products and services launched by Microsoft to compete with Apple’s iPod, which already sold more than 100 million units when Zune came to market. Zune was launched in November 2006 and product included a line of portable media players, digital media player software for Windows PCs, a music subscription service known as a “Zune Music Pass”, music and video streaming services for the Xbox 360 game console via the Zune Software, music, TV and movie sales, and desktop sync software for Windows Phone.

Zune took two years to sold hardly 2 million units so Microsoft was forced to shutdown unprofitable Zune services in June 2012.

3. MSN :

Failed Microsoft Products - MSN

Almost 10 years before Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook and 15 years before WhatsApp, there was a Social Networking kinda service from Microsoft — named MSN where customers were IMing each other, setting a status message, and various other social networky things. Later in 2012 Microsoft discontinued MSN.

4. Windows ME :

Failed Microsoft products - Windows ME
Windows ME

Windows ME — one of the worst operating system Microsoft ever launched. Released after Windows 98 on September 2000 as a special millennium edition OS. Windows ME promised improved performance and accessibility but became an utter failure in the market. It was the last operating system released in the Windows 9x series. Because of its frequent crashing and incompatibility with several popular applications that ran on Windows 98 software forced Microsoft to ditch the OS after 1 year.

5. Windows Vista :

Failed Microsoft products - Windows Vista
Windows Vista

Windows Vista launched in November 2006 after Microsoft’s still popular OS Windows XP. May be favourite for some people but the OS became a huge disaster like Windows ME  because of its bloat, its slowness, its hardware and software incompatibilities, its high cost, its confusing versions, its security fumbles and other ineptitude.

6. Microsoft Portrait :

Failed Microsoft products - Microsoft Portrait
Microsoft Portrait

Launched in late 1990s, Microsoft Portrait was a very low bit rate video conferencing software, that came before Skype. It supported MSN Messenger and Internet Locator Service (ILS) on PCs, Pocket PCs and Handheld PCs.

7. Terraserver :

Failed Microsoft products - terraserver

Terraserver launched in 1997 was a Google Earth model project, before Google thought of it. With Terraserver could see your house, your neighbourhood, or a place you’ve never been before via satellite imagery. Later the service was discontinued in 1999.

8. Microsoft Bob :

Failed Microsoft products - Microsoft Bob
Microsoft Bob

Microsoft Bob created in 1995 was a graphical user interface for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. The program was intended to provide a more user-friendly interface but Microsoft Bob was greatly criticized in the press, did not gain wide acceptance with users, and was neither a successful nor long-lived product. The product was killed in early 1996.

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  1. What parameter are you using to judge success?

    TerraServer succeeded in accomplishing its intended purpose. It was a real world test of the capabilities of Microsoft’s NT kernel and SQL. The USGS imagery was used because it was a mass amount of data which would help test the limits of the system.

    Windows Mobile was the most popular mobile OS for several years. It laid the ground work for the smartphones of today. Yes, Microsoft has virtually disappeared in the mobile market but the innovation was a success.

  2. Yes there have been some failures but at least Microsoft tried.

    I am a huge Linux “nut” and love the innovations that the open source community makes – but also Microsoft has done a great job overall with improvements over the years.

  3. Windows developers: hey, let’s do that thing MAC did 4 years ago except lets ignore all the features that made it successful and instead let’s add a bunch of features that, on paper, from a business perspective look great because they’re cheap to produce then let’s have them designed by a bunch of accountants and some executives that actually do believe that looking at numbers on a P & L sheet is the number one criteria for designing a user interfere. Then let’s make sure that once the software is released we immediately stop paying attention to it and move onto the next one while only acknowledging the existence of the current one by releasing 12 updates a day that force you to reboot and 10% of the time completely brick your system. Also, let’s spy on people too. Good design and user intuitiveness is the exact same thing as what’s the absolute most cost-effective for the company producing it right?


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