Times Microsoft was ahead of the curve
3:26

Times Microsoft was ahead of the curve

Gadgets
Welcome to Top Five, I'm your host Iyaz Akhtar. Microsoft Build Developer Conference is in the history books. Now Microsoft showed off all kinds of things, including the HoloLens, a computer that you wear on your head that shows off mixed reality. Now over the years, the company has gotten a lot of flak by people saying that Microsoft is behind the times. And is always trying to catch up. However, today, we're gonna take a look at the top five times Microsoft was ahead of the curve. At number five is Rover in Bob and Clippy. Now before you start throwing garbage at your screen because I mentioned Clippy, let's talk about it. Way back when Microsoft introduced Microsoft Bob, a new operating system designed to make computing easier. And also to introduce a virtual assistant. In Bob, it was Rover, a little dog. The same kind of assistant appeared in Microsoft Office with Clippy. Yes, it was universally hated, but arguably, these pesky little guys are the ancestors of Siri, Google Now, and Cortera. Number four is the Ultra Mobile PC or UMPC. It was introduced by Microsoft and Intel back in 2006. At the time, the idea was to build a computer small enough they could carry it around everywhere. The only problem with these things was battery life, not so great touch screens, and they really weren't ultra mobile. Oh, and they were expensive. So I guess the UMPC had a lot of problems. Fast forward to today, where people are regularly using pocket friendly computers to do a number of tasks that used to require real computers. We just call 'em cell phones now. Microsoft hasn't given up hope though, at build, Microsoft showed you can dock a phone running Windows 10 and have a desktop like experience. Number 3, one of my favorites, SPOT watches. They were introduced way back in 2004. Now, in case you don't remember these, you buy a special watch from a company like Fossil or Swatch that could display data like news, weather and stocks. Microsoft used FM radio to send data wirelessly to your wrist. You have to pay a yearly fee of up to 60 bucks or so. There were even plans to use SPOT, which stood for Smart Personal Object Technology, in appliances like coffee makers. The SPOT service was shut down in 2012. I guess if we want wrist notifications now We'll have to look at Android Wear, Pebble, Apple, oh, and the Microsoft band. At number two is the Xbox and online gaming. When Microsoft decided to build its own game console, the company put an Ethernet port on the back. According to an in-depth feature at Polygon, the inclusion of the port was very controversial. Because dial up was still around, and this is around the year 1999 so broadband wasn't as prevalent as it is now. However, we know how this whole thing panned out. Online console gaming on the Xbox wouldn't work as well without a broadband question. The other half of the equation is Xbox Live, a way for gamers to play against other Xbox Live members. Without the Xbox we probably wouldn't have such connected consoles. And in number one is the tablet. Way back in 2001, Microsoft introduced the Tablet PC. It was a full-fledged computer that had a number of form factors, including the slate. Each of the tablets had a touch screen, although you'd usually have to interact with it using an included stylus. It ran a specialized version of Windows called Windows XP Tablet PC edition. Some of the machines were a little bulky, and the pen interface didn't exactly work well compared to using a mouse. Tablet PCs weren't really successful. That is, until 2010, with the introduction of the Apple iPad, which led to a whole new slew of Android and Windows tablets over time. Timing is everything in life. Microsoft has executed some really wild ideas over the years. Virtual personal assistants, smart watches, tablets. Microsoft tried it, just a bit too early. If you think I was too hard on Microsoft, or too lenient, let me know I'm at Iyaz on Twitter. For more top five [UNKNOWN], check out top five at cnet.com. Thank you for watching. [MUSIC]

Up Next

iPhone 14 is Missing These 5 Features
top5iphone14missing-00-00-00-00-still001

Up Next

iPhone 14 is Missing These 5 Features

Top 5 new Samsung Galaxy S22 rumors
latest-s22-rumor-roundup-video-1

Top 5 new Samsung Galaxy S22 rumors

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors
iphone14-rumors2021-200000

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors

Top 5 most exciting Galaxy S22 Ultra rumors
galaxy-s22-rumor-roundup-2

Top 5 most exciting Galaxy S22 Ultra rumors

Windows 11: Will Microsoft learn from past mistakes?
windowslaunchfails-00-00-21-04-still002

Windows 11: Will Microsoft learn from past mistakes?

Top 5 most exciting iPhone 13 rumors
iphone13-rumorsaug2021-00000

Top 5 most exciting iPhone 13 rumors

5 cheaper alternatives to the AirPods Pro
yt-top5-cheap-alternatives-for-airpods-pro-1

5 cheaper alternatives to the AirPods Pro

2021 iPad Pro: The best new features
yt-ipad-pro-features-top5-2

2021 iPad Pro: The best new features

5 ways to get more out of Netflix
top5-netflixtips-00-00-06-16-still004

5 ways to get more out of Netflix

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Fun Amazon Finds Under $150 for October 2022
amazonmusthavesoct-24fps-00-07-57-17-still001

Fun Amazon Finds Under $150 for October 2022

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla
optimus-for-cms-1

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla

Tesla AI Day 2022: The Biggest Announcements
supercutcnet

Tesla AI Day 2022: The Biggest Announcements

Watch Elon Musk Unveil Optimus Robot Prototype
teslarobot

Watch Elon Musk Unveil Optimus Robot Prototype

How Apple Could Bring Back the iPhone Mini
220922-yt-apple-stuff-ep-13-iphone-mini-isnt-dead-3

How Apple Could Bring Back the iPhone Mini

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference
fitbit-aroll-00-00-46-14-still001

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference

Most Popular All most popular

Watch Elon Musk Unveil Optimus Robot Prototype
teslarobot

Watch Elon Musk Unveil Optimus Robot Prototype

Tesla AI Day 2022: The Biggest Announcements
supercutcnet

Tesla AI Day 2022: The Biggest Announcements

DART Explained: First Asteroid Crash Images
dart-crash

DART Explained: First Asteroid Crash Images

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla
optimus-for-cms-1

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla

See NASA's DART Probe Make Impact With Asteroid Dimorphos
astroid-image-cms

See NASA's DART Probe Make Impact With Asteroid Dimorphos

How Apple Could Bring Back the iPhone Mini
220922-yt-apple-stuff-ep-13-iphone-mini-isnt-dead-3

How Apple Could Bring Back the iPhone Mini

Latest Products All latest products

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference
fitbit-aroll-00-00-46-14-still001

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials
gopro1

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5
psvr2

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look
watch8-sepic

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance
bose-quietcomforst-ii

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade
flip4

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use