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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Call it the iBad. Microsoft launched Windows XP Tablet PC Edition in 2002 with an eye to gaining first mover's advantage in the slate market. But the platform proved premature. Shaky handwriting recognition, limited functionality, and expensive components made it a niche product at best for hardware partners like HP. Said Windows guru Paul Thurrott at the time of launch: "I strongly urge any potential customers to seriously consider how, when, and if they would ever actually use the tablet-based features of this product." Not many did.
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