Gateway Inc. of Irvine Deemed No. 1 Epic Tech Failure of All-Time
That's the opinion of CIO Insight, which has compiled a list of the top 10 flops. Here is the entry for Gateway:
There was a time when many believed that Gateway would be the biggest and most popular PC maker in the world. But soon after the company tried its luck with retail stores, and then quickly discovered that it didn't have the right enterprise strategy in place, it started to die. Gateway lives on today in name only. But the vast majority of PC buyers out there have no desire to buy its products.
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6) Microsoft Bob
Microsoft Bob was supposed to make it easier for users to bridge the gap between the technical requirements needed to run a computer and their novice skills. But in the end, Bob was a downright joke that Microsoft was forced to discontinue after realizing the errors of its ways.
Released in March 1995, Microsoft Bob was among the corporation's most visible product failures. So what make it interesting? At one time the project was managed by Melinda French, who you may know now as Melinda Gates.