Originally Posted by Deadpool01
encarta was awesome back in the day. i didn't see Ms Bob in the list. prolly not many knew about that.
I think Encarta and Money shouldn't be on the list, because they were "known". Nothing was inherently wrong with Encarta, next to that it was Windows only, so other people were shut out (especially in the early days, when many people were still DOS based; and later days, when people were doing OSX and Linux and stuff like that). Money, well, it wasn't that good, riddled with math bugs as it was - GNU Cash was superior, and Quicken stole the market, even though PC Magazine gave it a big thumbs down because of the $10,000,000.00 limit that Quicken had.
MS BOB was just craziness - like, a GUI for Windows? How would that sell? I remember when it came out. It was one steaming heap of dain bramage because it was harder to remember what part of the screen to click on, than the system Windows uses, you know, where you click on the labelled icon for whatever you want to do. However, BOB did stiff us all the way to the present, with the omnipresent "Smart Wizards".
Zune failed because their colours were awful, well, unless someone really likes that baby diaper dung colour, or the jungle rot red scab colour they attempted to peddle. Not that the device itself was awful, but MS just came up with an awful name and awful colours. They also couldn't get their mind out of the MP3 box. All MP3 players have failed because they are just MP3 players - while the iPod was always a media player that, sure, could play MP3s, but could also play full quality, lossless music as well. This has been completely lost on the MP3 Player makers - and all have failed because of it. Now, if MS had decent colours, and supported regular formats, like AIFF, OGG, FLAC, M4P and so on; and made download software available for all platforms (or made it like a keychain drive, where you could just copy music files across USB), they might have had a winner. Instead, bad colours, proprietary Windows only software, and WMA - that simply killed it before birth.