THERE'S NO DENYING the fact that Microsoft has had a very successful time in the technology market, carving itself out to become one of the biggest companies on the planet in the process.
However, while the firm has had its successes, it's also suffered many high-profile fails along the way, as the demise of its efforts in the mobile market has shown most recently.
The INQUIRER has put together a rundown of some of the more disappointing moments in the firm's history.
10. Windows Phone
We start with the most recent failure, Windows Mobile. Gartner stats revealed that only 0.7 per cent of all smartphones sold in Q1 2016 ran Windows Phone, underlining just how badly it has fared.
It's not entirely Microsoft's fault. The platform is good and has much to recommend it, not least the live tiles which were and remain a novel reimagining of the mobile screen experience.
The main problem was that it all came too late to have an impact on the huge head start that Android and Apple had in the market.
Coupled with this was the fact that its app ecosystem, fundamental to any platform's success, was severely lacking, leaving users frustrated and quickly ditching their handsets for Android and iOS.
This has led to the current situation where, despite not being officially canned, the platform is all but dead, save for the potential use in enterprises and on any Surface Phone the firm may produce.
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