Microsoft erases its failures from the official history, but the company has stumbled frequently. Here’s an article to bring back some fond memories. Remember Creative Writer and Fine Artist for kids? Plus Microsoft Bob, ActiMates Barney and Arthur toys, several early ventures into handheld devices and embedded versions of Windows in office machines, and several others.

Microsoft is in the middle of failing in big ventures right now. It has attempted to make a serious move into mobile phone software, but all its efforts so far have fallen flat. And Microsoft has tried to break into your living room in a variety of ways – investments in cable companies, set-top boxes, interactive television, and more. Most of those ventures are going nowhere, although MS hasn’t given up yet.

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