Photos: Seven of Microsoft's hardware hits and misses

Photos: Seven of Microsoft's hardware hits and misses

Summary: Company gets lion's share of revenue from software, but it's created a sizable hardware business, too.

TOPICS: Microsoft, Hardware

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  • MSN TV

    5. MSN TV

    Since it bought WebTV in the late '90s, Microsoft has dreamed of selling set-top boxes that would give consumers the ability to surf the Web on their TVs. Unfortunately, not many have answered the call. Despite several attempts and different hardware configurations, Microsoft set tops have yet to catch on.

    The RCA MSN TV 2 Internet and Media Player sells for $199 at stores that carry it, but you can get used ones on for about $70.

  • Wireless base stations

    6. Wireless base stations

    Microsoft entered the networking market in 2002 and quickly rose to No. 2 in the market. Product glitches caused it to slide back to No. 4 a few months later. By May, the company had already left the market.

  • iLoo

    7. The iLoo

    Microsoft offices in England once talked about creating a portable toilet with an Internet connection and screen. The company claimed later it was an April Fools' Day joke, but some things--like the fact that a press release extolling the iLoo came out May 2 and not April 1--made some observers highly skeptical of Microsoft's claims.

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware

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