Hello dear readers! Today, unexpectedly even for myself, I decided to release a new article in my column, which was launched two years ago. Despite the fact that I paid a lot of attention to Microsoft, I learned something new and am ready to share it with you.
Admit it, unexpectedly? :)
Microsoft is now catching up - Windows 10, the company's great hope, has not yet begun to live “according to plan,” while running on the mobile phones and computers of millions of users of the Microsoft ecosystem. This is not the first time that Microsoft has played this role, but the company often made devices that were ahead of their time. Today we’ll talk a little bit about such devices from the Redmond guys.
MS Portrait is an application created in the late 90s by Research. The purpose of the program is quite simple, by our standards, but incredibly progressive at that time - video communication of "low bit rate", as the developers themselves called this creation. Appearing long before Skype, he lived a very short life and its development was discontinued.
The 1997 Terraserver mapping service also hit the minds of users. He allowed you to look at your house, the house of a neighbor or a place where you have not been - incredible! In fact, this is a kind of analogue of Google Earth / Maps, but from Microsoft. Today, Google Maps is a leader in this industry, and maps from Microsoft have hopelessly sunk into oblivion in 1999.
The messenger used by Microsoft customers, in fact, was almost a social network - created 10 years before Facebook, Twitter and the like, it allowed not only to correspond, but also to perform certain actions that we are now used to seeing in social networks, for example, set your status. It is even possible that it was precisely such statuses that became a source of inspiration for the creators of Twitter. To date, Facebook is the undisputed leader in this field with a half-billion-dollar community.
Yes, and a few words about this OS. She was the first mass OS for mobile phones, which was quite suitable for the image of an expensive phone (many of which, by the way, were released by the NTS). The OS had an application store, a browser and support for a wheelbarrow, but the lack of necessary OS development slowed down the development of the ecosystem of Windows Mobile devices, which led to the collapse of Windows on mobile devices, from which Microsoft has not recovered so far. Since the termination of support for Windows Mobile and the launch of Phone 7, a lot of time has passed, and the share of Microsoft here does not rise above 5%.
Tablet Computer in 2002 - Tablet PC
The tablet, which was a touch-screen PC, was introduced by Microsoft for a long time - Bill Gates himself demonstrated the device on stage in 2002. The company never officially closed the project, but not a single device was released from 2003 to 2012. In 2012, a new creation of the company appeared on the shelves - Surface tablets with Windows 8 on board. Bulky, expensive devices from Microsoft could not attract consumers despite the very idea of a portable touch PC with a full x86 system on board, but the iPad in 2010 was very able. So much so that the iPad is still the most popular tablet in the world, and the new Surface is diligently trying to win its share of the market; overall, Surface is a completely different story.
A watch developed by Timex in collaboration with Microsoft and named DataLink was introduced in 1994. They positioned themselves as a wearable replacement for personal digital assistants or PDAs. Never appearing for purchase, they were used by NASA during space travel. To date, the leader in this area is Apple with their Watch - they, by the way, have already sold over 7 million units.
The device, information about which unofficially entered the press, was never officially presented by the company itself. This device was supposed to be a book with a folding display and had a built-in camera. For the first time about the device it became known in 2008, and already in 2010, Microsoft killed the project.
360 degree camera for business video conferencing
All these devices were somehow ahead of their time. Microsoft, in a sense, had the same disease that killed mobile Nokia - incomes were too high, especially in the 90s and 00s, when they could afford to launch as many different products as they wanted. Sometimes, it even came to children's toys that could work with a PC or TV, or gamepads in the pre-Xbox era.
But, in general, some of these devices were a real success and the question arises: why does Microsoft love to prune the branch it sits on? But this is from the category of questions, the answers to which are known only in the top management of the company. So it goes.
Perhaps this concludes. Until new “meetings”! :)
Based on materials from Business Insider UK.