TechSpot: Biggest Tech Failures of The Last 10+ Years

There are two surefire ways to have your name immortalized in history: succeed in your stride toward greatness or, as so many tech firms did in 2011, faceplant trying.

Fresh in our memory are failed products like the Blackberry Playbook and HP's TouchPad, the PlayStation Network getting hacked, Microsoft's Kin smartphones being removed from circulation after a mere 48 days, AMD's FX relaunch and Duke Nukem Forever. Those and a few others have served as inspiration for us to look further back and revisit some of the biggest flops of the new millennia, starting with what many consider Microsoft's worst OS ever.

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These lists are always a bit short sighted, but as an example: I don't think Widows Me was a complete failure in the long run.

I mean, the OS wasn't a success and for a lot of people it crashed and froze... and a lot of people still wonder why they even bothered to release it... but the technology and new software they pumped into it was later refined and is now pretty standard on newer versions of Windows. Like System Restore, Movie Maker, Auto Updates etc. So some good came out of it.

As an OS, ME was a catastrophic failure. As someone who bought a computer with it pre-installed, and not being old enough to replace it with Win2K, I can (and will) vouch for that. There was nothing quite like playing that game of roulette where you spin the wheel to determine if you finished that homework, or had to reboot 5 times in 2 hours when it crashed. Sure, some of the things it came with might have been included with later releases, but the operating system itself was miserable.

biggest tech failure of all time is apple's iphone. failure of the tech industries for not seeing it coming. i am looking at you, rim-job and nookie.

yes WinME was a fail.

Win tablets were not ready yet. Bulky, poor battery life and even worse screen usage. They were just convertible notebooks with worse screens.

Android tablets a failure? I do not consider that a failure. They sell ok, not IPAD great but they sell ok. I still rather have an IPAD too.

RIM really f'd up on some decisions and I bet kicking themselves for dropping the ball.

moloko said,
yes WinME was a fail.

Win tablets were not ready yet. Bulky, poor battery life and even worse screen usage. They were just convertible notebooks with worse screens.

Android tablets a failure? I do not consider that a failure. They sell ok, not IPAD great but they sell ok. I still rather have an IPAD too.

RIM really f'd up on some decisions and I bet kicking themselves for dropping the ball.

Tablets pc are not hat you call tablets, or rathers pads/ slates. They are regular laptops with a tablet built into the screen" that is n actual graphical tilt like artists use, and are a completely different product from pads.

Where's Mobile Me, Zip drives, Real Player, any of Sony's proprietary formats, Microsoft Bob, and Web TV?

I used Vista. I had problems talking with my server running XP SP3 X64. When it did work, Streaming was jumpy, things copied to and from were corrupted, etc. After SP1 everything worked like a charm! This weekend I'm going to delete all the crap I don't need (old drivers, etc), back it all up, do a full wipe and install Windows 7!

While MySpace is a shell of it's former self, it was insanely popular in its day. It made it to the top but failed to stay there.

Vista failed the public perception test, but even today it has more market share than all Mac OS X computers out there today. It still made Miceoaift plenty of money. And at its core, it's the foundation for Windows 7.

The problem with Vista wasn't the OS itself but the fact it took so long to come out compared to XP RTM, though many would argue that XP SP2 is so fundamentally different from RTM, it shoul have gotten a new name.

I used Windows Me for four years and had virtually no issues with it, also the article lost credibility when it claimed almost every non-Apple tablet has completely failed.

I actually liked the Microsoft Tablet PC the main reason it failed was not what the article put there... I tested it... worked as it was supposed to (basically it was a laptop with a turn around screen that could be used as writing pad) ... The reason it failed was the 1,200$ price they offered the demo I was using for me to buy or the 2,000$ for a new one. You would have to remember that top of the line laptops were about that price but this one was 1/2 the processor power and memory. For 1,000$ you could get a regular laptop that was twice the processor and memory. The other reason it failed was that the touch pad made it a bit bulky....

Remember-- I TESTED ONE FOR 8 months..... it did everything it was supposed to do.. To include the handwriting recognition... SO this article is quite a fail..... you touch the stylus to the menu it opened or like a mouse click.. (so where is the unintuitive) it also recognized whatever I wrote be it cursive or print.... Or the holding the stylus on a window border and moving things around like that of moving things with a moue....
So it did everything a mouse did for that time and more....

You also have to remember that this article is written in the post iPad days so probably influenced this article.

That and it calling non-apple tablets a fail....

I too also used ME successfully on a Compaq for many years with only one BSOD because of a driver I installed. (because of ATI driver incompatibility)

Tablet PC were not so much of a fail as they were a bit rushed and costed too much for the time. I bet had they waited five years to come out they would have done better. This would have still been four years before the iPad....and this would have also been into Service Pack 2 of XP...

redvamp128 said,
I actually liked the Microsoft Tablet PC the main reason it failed was not what the article put there... I tested it... worked as it was supposed to (basically it was a laptop with a turn around screen that could be used as writing pad) ... The reason it failed was the 1,200$ price they offered the demo I was using for me to buy or the 2,000$ for a new one. You would have to remember that top of the line laptops were about that price but this one was 1/2 the processor power and memory. For 1,000$ you could get a regular laptop that was twice the processor and memory. The other reason it failed was that the touch pad made it a bit bulky....

Yes. Tablet PCs are great for what they are supposed to do. As a student I had hoped to own a tablet PC for a long time (so that I can take notes digitally and not have to type my notes or remember to print them!) but the cost was a factor. Especially considering that where I live, I can't find low-end tablet PCs. For example there's only the high end models of the Lenovo X220t, or some Fujitsu models. As such the tablets cost 2-4x that of regular laptops!

And regarding software, there's OneNote - probably still one of the best note taking software out there. And the earlier tablet PCs supported pen input only, not finger input. Comparing touch input with today's Android tablets and the iPad, the tablet PC seems bad. But when comparing pen input, no other OS has the level of pen input support as Windows and Office. Well you can annotate with a pen in most Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. What impresses me most when I tried out tablet PCs was that ink was like a "native data type" to the OS - you can copy and paste it around from app to app. In this sense Android and iOS pale in comparison.

Have to laugh at this one that I recently read -- there is a movement to bring back My_____ because of the timeline that Facebook has started....

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