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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Microsoft earlier this year sought to reach the social networking generation with the KIN One and KIN Two phones. The devices offered a unique interface that featured an always-on connection to sites like Facebook and Twitter. But critics knocked the KIN line for its expensive data plan and inability to run third-party apps. As one reviewer put it, KIN was just Windows Mobile with "a Susan Boyle makeover." Microsoft pulled the plug in early July after less than two months on the market as prices for the devices fell to one cent on Amazon.
Start with Windows 7, Office 2010, and SharePoint 2010 then add hybrid, on-premise/cloud options for productivity apps, enterprise apps, development and processing power and Microsoft has the makings for a big year. Learn more at 10 Drivers For Microsoft Surge In 2010.
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.
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