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.

By Jared Newman, PCWorld |  IT Management, BlackBerry, Facebook

Windows 8's lackluster launch

Let’s start with the good news: Microsoft says it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in its first month. The bad news is that overall PC sales are still down, Microsoft’s Surface tablet hasn’t been a big seller, and Windows 8 tablet sales are “almost nonexistent,” according to market research firm NPD. To make things worse, all those cool laptop-tablet hybrid designs that are supposed to take full advantage of Windows 8 have been hard to find in retail stores. It’s too early to call Windows 8 a failure, but the early signs of trouble aren’t encouraging.

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