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Encyclopedia > Microsoft Bob
Microsoft Bob

A picture of the Microsoft Bob start up screen.
Developed by Microsoft
OS Windows 3.1 and 95
Development status Discontinued
Genre GUI
License Proprietary
Website http://www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Bob was a Microsoft software product, released in March 1995, which provided a new, nontechnical interface to desktop computing operations. Despite its ambitious nature, Bob failed to penetrate the market and was one of Microsoft's more visible product failures. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer named Bob as one project "we [had] undertaken ... where we decided that we have not succeeded and let's stop."[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Software developer (disambiguation). ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... An operating system (OS) is a software that manages computer resources and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... Windows redirects here. ... GUI can refer to the following: GUI is short for graphical user interface, a term used to describe a type of interface in computing. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... Proprietary software is software with restrictions on copying and modifying as enforced by the proprietor. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... An interface defines the communication boundary between two entities, such as a piece of software, a hardware device, or a user. ... Steven Anthony Ballmer (born March 24, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American businessman and has been the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000. ...

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Origins

Microsoft Bob was designed for Windows 3.1x and Windows 95 and intended to be a user-friendly interface for Microsoft Windows, replacing the Program Manager. At one point, the project was managed by Melinda French, who at the time was Bill Gates' girlfriend (the two later married).[2] At the time French left Microsoft, she was Product Unit Manager for a group which included Bob and three other Microsoft titles. The project leader for Bob was Karen Fries, a Microsoft researcher. Microsoft originally owned the domain name bob.com, but traded it to Bob Kerstein for the windows2000.com domain.[3] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Windows 95 is a consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating system. ... Program Manager in Windows 3. ... Melinda French Gates (born Melinda Ann French on August 15, 1964)[1] is a former unit manager for several Microsoft products: Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia. ... For other persons named Bill Gates, see Bill Gates (disambiguation). ... The term domain name has multiple related meanings: A name that identifies a computer or computers on the Internet. ...


Features

Bob included various office suite programs such as a finance application and a word processor. The user interface was designed to be helpful to novice computer users, but many saw its methods of assistance as too cute and involved. Each action, such as creating a new text document, featured the step-by-step tutorials no matter how many times the user had been through the process; some users considered this to be condescending. Users were assisted by cartoon characters whose appearance was usually vaguely related to the task. These characteristics earned Bob the 7th place in PC World Magazine's list of the 25 worst products of all time[4] and worst product of the decade by CNET.com.[5] A word processor (also more formally known as a document preparation system) is a computer application used for the production (including composition, editing, formatting, and possibly printing) of any sort of viewable or printed material. ... Puppies are usually considered very cute. ... PC World is a global computer magazine published monthly by IDG. It offers advice on various aspects of PCs and related items, the Internet, and other personal-technology products and services. ... CNET Networks, Inc. ...


Legacy

Despite being discontinued before Windows 98 was released, Microsoft Bob continued to be widely panned in reviews and popular media.[6]


Some designs of the Bob cartoons are still used in other Microsoft products:

  • Bob's face is used in Windows Live Messenger as a "Nerd Smiley"
  • Will and The Dot are now Office Assistants (Will was only in Office 97).
  • The yellow dog "Rover" can be found in the search function of Windows XP
  • Rover's animations (like typing on a computer) inspired the Office Assistant "Rex"
  • Rover appears in the Microsoft program Greetings Workshop.
  • Bob is referred to in the humorous spoof, "Bill Gates' Last Day at Microsoft".

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See also

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References

  1. ^ Cowley, Stacy. "Ballmer Analyzes Microsoft's 'One Big' Vista Mistake", CRN.com, 2006-07-31. Retrieved on 2006-10-24. 
  2. ^ Newman, Michael. "Bob is dead; long live Bob", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1999-05-23. Retrieved on 2006-10-24. 
  3. ^ Lea, Graham. "Windows2000.com owner sells domain to Microsoft", The Register, 1999-11-11. Retrieved on 2006-10-24. 
  4. ^ Tynan, Dan (2006-03-26). The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time. PC World Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-03-14.
  5. ^ Merritt, Tom (2007-04-30). TCNET Top 5: Worst products in a decade. CNET TV. Retrieved on 2007-09-21.
  6. ^ Dvorak, John C. (2004-08-16). The Bottom 10: Worst Software Disasters. PC World Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-09-21.

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Factiva (1345 words)
Bob is designed to be immediately useful to home PC users, providing the essential tools for home computing in eight interconnected programs that help users organize, communicate and play with their computers.
Bob is an alternative to the paper-based systems used in most homes, such as marked-up handwritten lists, tattered address books, misplaced calendars, and "sticky notes" on or falling from refrigerators.
Bob is expected to be available on March 31, 1995, for approximately $99.
Microsoft Bob - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (459 words)
Microsoft Bob was a product released by Microsoft in March 1995 as an adventure game-like interface for performing tasks on one's computer.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has admitted as much, naming Bob as one project "we [had] undertaken...
Microsoft originally had the domain name bob.com for the product but traded it to Bob Kerstein for the windows2000.com domain.
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