Despite challenges by a resurgent Apple, upstart Google, and other new rivals, Microsoft remains the world's biggest software company with more than 90% of the desktop. But for all its dominance, Redmond rolls big clunkers from time to time -- and when it flops, it flops big. Here are seven Microsoft disasters that live in infamy.
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Turns out most adults would rather learn to use a computer interface themselves rather than enlist the help of the childish, annoying, and at times condescending icons that were the hallmark of BOB-a Windows overlay that turned the desktop into a virtual house. Objects in the house were metaphors for common apps like word processors and spreadsheets, and goofy animations like Rover the dog helped the user find them. BOB debuted alongside Windows 95 and was shelved within two years (though Rover was reborn as Windows XP's canine search assistant).
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Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.