Microsoft’s Internet Failures

Man, this is going to be a long list since Microsoft and its failures in the Internet domain are the stuff of history books:

* Bing Search (most likely, Microsoft’s next big Internet failure)
* MSN Search
* Live Search
* Soapbox – a YouTube rival
* MSN Internet access
* Internet Explorer – crappiest browser with tons of security holes

* CarPoint car buying service
* MSFDC/Transpoint bill presentment and payment service
* LinkExchange Banner Network
* HomeAdvisor home buying service
* Passport Express Purchase online shopping service
* Electronic Wallet
* MoneyCentral
* Slate online magazine
* Web TV
* E-Stamp (minority investment in September 1997)
* Relay One (joint venture with UK Post)
* Firefly Networks (acquisition in April 1998)
* Wireless Knowledge (joint venture with Qualcomm in November 1998)
* SaveSmart web ad technology (minority investment in February 1998)
* eFusion (minority investment in August 1997)

4 Responses to "Microsoft’s Internet Failures"

  1. raghavendrav   June 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Hi SI.. off the topic again… I thought you might be interested in this.. check it out.. Responds:

    Saw the AT&T announcement for existing iPhone 3G users earlier today.

    But we don’t feel like shelling out $300 just for video capability, Hands-free voice control for both iPhone and iPod operations and a 3-megapixel camera (existing model, i.e. iPhone 3G: 2-megapixel).

    Maybe, if the upgrade cost was $99, we’d have considered it.

    BTW, the iPhone 3.0 OS update is coming today. Apple seems to have run into some issues with too many people trying the upgrade. We’ll wait for a day or two before upgrading to iPhone OS 3.0.

  2. Aswin_Kini   June 18, 2009 at 3:18 am

    YO! YOu missed WINDOWS VISTA, the crappiest, most annoying, memory-eating OS ever! That’s a big miss! Responds:

    Truly, Vista is a memory-hog but in the above post we focused only on MSFT’s Internet ventures.

  3. boopalanj   June 18, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Right from beginning Microsoft had been copying & only copying.. All DOS based applications from different manufacturers, Microsoft simply copied and produced applications when it moved to Win platform.. MS Excel – From Lotus 123, MS word – From wordstar, MS Powerpoint – From Fontasy, and countless others..

    Since it only copies, it does not understand the underlying need of the users, but approaches every solution from its own business perspective.

    Steve Ballmer can make any change to it?

  4. raghavendrav   June 18, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I did install OS 3.0 on my iPhone 3G. The installation process was quick and smooth.. I love the spotlight search feature from MAC OS X.. Voice memo app is neat too. To my surprise all my existing applications work without a glitch.. Responds:

    After seeing your comment, we’ve started the iPhone OS 3.0 update.

    First, we backed up the iPhone just in case something goes wrong. The backup took about 4 minutes.

    Then, we hit the update button. It’s updating as we we type. So far no glitches.

    We’ll update this comment after installing the OS 3.0 upgrade.

    Update of iPhone OS 3.0 Upgrade:

    Smooth as silk.

    After backup, the upgrade process took a total of 22 minutes.

    Yes, Spotlight Search is cool. Searches across contacts and even into e-mail. But it did not search our Yahoo IM.

    We tested the copy and paste by copying some text from our blog and pasting it into Notes. But we still need to get the hang of it.

    Tested Voice Memo: Gives you option of listening to the memo on Bluetooth, speaker and phone.

    But we’ll continue to use our QuickVoice voice memo app because we’ve gotten used to it.

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