In Pictures: Microsoft hardware successes and failures

Microsoft’s new Surface tablet isn’t the first time that Redmond has moved into the hardware arena. The result: Some wins, but even more fails.

Redmond's Track Record on Hardware

Monday, in a launch event preceded by secrecy and speculation, Microsoft introduced a family of tablets to take on Apple’s iPad head-to-head. It’s big news, and so far reaction to the Surface tablets has generally been positive.

That’s not to say Surface is a slam dunk. Redmond has made ill-advised hardware decision before. Let's look at some past Microsoft hardware successes and failures, starting with the good news.

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