The world of technology is full of successes but also failures. We know companies, browsers, online services and … operating systems. The most used are Windows, in the case of desktops, laptops, and other substitutes; and Android in mobile phones and tablets, both with overwhelming market share.
There are, however, plenty of variants, versions and alternative projects that once were born for success, but unfortunately for different reasons, ended in failure. Today we want to talk to five operating systems stillborn. Its thunderous shipwreck has been recorded in the history of major technological disasters. Let us, then, to invoke in this retrospective. Prepared?
1. Windows Vista
Windows Vista can not be missing in any compilation of clattering technological failures. Microsoft introduced this version of its operating system star in 2006 and the results were not nearly as expected. In fact, users and experts criticized its operation from the beginning and blamed various problems related to privacy, performance, compatibility of the different drivers and even in the sensitive area of security.Users complained that Windows Vista was very slow when running applications. In fact, the same computer with Windows XP operating system worked much faster. The games did not perform properly and file management was quite painful, even for the ordinary user.
It was called Lindows, but lindows had nothing. Sorry, the joke was required. As its name suggests, Lindows was an attempt to mix Linux and Windows. It was presented in 2011 and the promise was to run all applications on Windows but through Linux. The truth is that after a short time, the project was finally abandoned: it was not possible to offer users all the applications demanding.
And we go for another super – duper technological failure: Symbian. Do you remember him? For a long time, Nokia ran as queen in the mobile telephony market. It was the most phones sold and their evolution, Symbian had a leading role. However, the platform had other partners like Sony, Samsung, Siemens, Fujitsu, Benq, Lenovo, LG or Motorola. It could have become the most direct rival iOS, but the failure was resounding. The rig sank with Nokia, who failed to get on the train smart phone: Google Android began to emerge and those responsible for Symbian knew it was necessary to give a boost to a good platform. Fear gripped everyone, not had to cope with this enormous challenge. In January 2013, Nokia announced that the Nokia 808 PureView would be the last phone with Symbian. So it was.
4. Windows Me (Millennium Edition)
The fourth in the standings is Windows Me (Millennium Edition), a version of Windows that was presented in 2000. It was one of the great mistakes of Microsoft and this has been reflected in its particular history. It was raised as an operating system transition between Windows 98 and Windows XP, but that was, in fact, one of the reasons for their failure. It innovated on some issues, such as in the multimedia section, the Internet, incorporating Restorer application systems and Windows Movie Maker. Despite all that, one of the worst setbacks that users had to face was, without a doubt, instability. It was the chronicle of a death foretold.
5. Firefox OS
And we end with one of the last failures. This time, we have to talk about Firefox OS, an operating system that is different TV models but has been completely failed in mobile. It was a free operating system based on Linux and HTML5, but some reason the proposal is not forged at all. Experts agree that this was an excellent proposal, but its performance and applications that were available were not up to what users demand today. The revolution was intended had no effect and earlier this year was more than clear that the only thing that was missing from Firefox OS was down the blind.
What other operating systems failed do you know?