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Internet Explorer, as once bundled with Windows, became the star of its own anti-trust investigation. Later on down the years, the European Commission said that European users of Windows should be given the option of its own browser, rather than the pre-installed one in Windows.
Internet Explorer's browser marketshare has been slipping slowly in the past few years -- and was helped along by the 'EU ballot screen' offered by European users of Windows in a hotfix in 2010. Firefox eventually overtook Internet Explorer just after New Years 2011.
Kin, the phone that never was, advertised in a way which apparently showed teenagers exchanging explicit photos of themselves and 'promoting' sexting -- a social craze amongst teenagers where they share sexually provocative text and picture messages amongst one another.
This caused instant outrage, and landed Microsoft in hot water. Consumer Reports was particularly focused with their statement, by claiming the Kin advertisements "comes uncomfortably close to advocating sexting".
The advert was pulled shortly after the news hit the web.
Many have been greatly annoyed at the lack of compatibility across the different versions of Windows. With newer editions of the operating system, older applications break or simply do not run at all on later versions of Windows at all.
This continues to be a problem Microsoft is trying to solve. With Windows 7 came 'Windows XP Mode' to allow applications to run as if they were running on Windows XP without having to 'Bootcamp' in and out of different operating systems. Windows 8 is expected to have a 'Windows 7 Mode' which may indicate further broken backwards compatibility.