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 hoped to be an early pioneer in the DVR market along with Tivo and ReplayTV, and anted up with UltimateTV in 2000. But the offering lacked Tivo's intuitive functionality while Microsoft also failed to score deals with major cable providers. Distribution was limited to DirecTV, a pact that died when EchoStar, with its own DVR technology, sought to acquire Microsoft's partner in 2002. UltimateTV vanished soon after.
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