Microsoft has had a very successful time in the technology market, becoming one of the biggest firms on the planet in the process.
However, for all the hits, chiefly Windows, there have been plenty of flops along the way, as the demise of its efforts in the mobile market has shown most recently.
V3 has put together a rundown of some of the more disappointing moments in the firm's history.
10. Windows Mobile
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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