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Windows 8 struggles to grasp usage share; updates aim to redirect course
Months after Windows 8 launched, the operating system barely grasped single-digit market share. Many considered it a flop, but to others it was a starting ground for better things to come.
It was criticized for its game-changing user interface. It was difficult to use for some who had been used to the typical 'Windows' experience for many years prior.
And for those using desktops and notebooks without touch screens — a large majority of the overall user base — it was just too much for some to relearn. The fact that Microsoft killed the Start menu also killed the company's hope of millions of people upgrading.
Ultimately it led the software giant down a course of eating humble pie, resulting in Windows 8.1, a software update that attempted to appease (and entice) customers who were thrown off by the first round of changes. The Start menu was brought back — in a sense — and booting directly to desktop may have had some positive impact on less-than-pleased customers.
Many forgot that Microsoft isn't just a "Windows" company anymore.
iPhones, iPads banned from business networks thanks to Exchange conflict
Before iOS 7 was even announced, iOS 6.1 was causing serious headaches in the enterprise IT department.
Corporate network staff warned iPhone and iPad users to avoid upgrading to the latest Apple mobile update because of a server conflict bug that would overload over Microsoft Exchange servers.
Both companies scrambled to determine what was the cause of the "excessive logging" on email servers. While Apple was left scratching its head, Microsoft came to the rescue.
The one bright side was the cooperation between the two technology giants, who not long before were at war with one another.
Samsung's breakthrough smart watch was scolded by critics
Desperate to get ahead of rumors that its archrival Apple was developing a smart watch, Samsung threw its weight behind its own Galaxy Gear.
The trouble was, it wasn't finished, and looked more akin to a slightly polished namesake device from the late 1990s.
Many dubbed it a "failure" off the mark, and still cost watch wearers $299 for the privilege of having something that wasn't complete.
Meanwhile, a number of other wearable devices hit the market later on after further development in efforts to learn from Samsung's mistakes.