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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Redmond's hardcoded software DNA appears to limit its chances of making a splash in the consumer device market. The best evidence is the Zune MP3 player. Despite years of investment and the recent opening of its own app store, Zune continues to be an afterthought in a market dominated by Apple's iPod. Though perfectly functional, the Zune lacks the iPod's "je ne sais quoi" appeal and as a result holds less than 3% of the MP3 market.
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.