The year in tech: biggest fails, flops, and faux pas

2012 brought its fair share of mistakes, flops, and failures. Here are 20 of the biggest tech mishaps from the past year.

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Microsoft leaves Windows Phone 7 users behind

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Windows Phone 8 is Microsoft’s latest-and-greatest attempt to steal some thunder from iPhone and Android handsets. It has a shared kernel with Windows 8, which makes apps easier to develop and port. It has cool features such as Kid’s Corner, augmented reality camera apps, support for Xbox Music, and full-resolution camera uploads to SkyDrive. But sorry, Windows Phone 7 users, you won’t be able to use them, because pre-Windows Phone 8 handsets won’t be getting the upgrade. Enjoy the stripped-down Windows Phone 7.8 instead, coming sometime early next year ... maybe.

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