Over at Microsoft-watch, Mary-Jo Foley gives her list of Microsoft's top 10 flops, and I have to disagree with a few of them :Tablet PC/Pen Computing/eBooks: Too soon to say this is flop. Putting tablet functions into all the builds of Vista means that we don't have a different OS for the tablet, which has hindered take-up so far. Live Meeting web conferencing software: Views are mixed. I took to it straight away, and what I know of the next version says in the long run this will be a success. Microsoft TV. I’ve got this in “long term success” column too – though the reasons why will have to stay confidential. No Microsoft Linux!: I love to quote Robert Townsend's Up the organization he says "To increase our share of the market a few years ago, I was on the verge of approving the start-up of a new subsidiary—which would compete with our bread-and-butter business—at discount prices. To verify my own brilliance I tried the idea out on a tall, rangy regional vice-president named Stepnowski. After hearing the plans described in some detail, he sank the whole project with one sentence: “I don’t know what you call it, but we Polacks call that ‘pissing in the soup’ " enough said.
So I've thrown out 4 of Mary Jo's 10. What would I put in their place ?
That was why I asked Eileen and the others at the roadshow for their thoughts about unsuccessful products. That and a post about Microsoft’s best introductions, by Steve Clayton - also inspired by Mary-Jo Foley, led Eileen to post her top 10. I thought I'd join them so here, in no special order are 10 things I wouldn't be without;
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James, good to see we have some similarities - Smartphone in particular.Search in Vista - now you're talkin ;)