Dearly Departed: Companies and Products That Didn't Deserve to Die

Some products just didn't deserve to die. But they did, because the companies made bad business decisions. We revisit several of our favorites--from minicomputers to software utilities--and mourn the best and brightest that died an untimely death.

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Thanks for the memory (manager)

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  • Company: Quarterdeck Office Systems
  • Born: 1982
  • Died: 1998 (acquired by Symantec)
  • Cause of Death: The market for DOS utilities collapsed
  • Founders: Therese E. Myers and Gary Pope
  • Most well-known product(s): QEMM, DESQview
  • Why we miss them: They let us multitask in a single task environment.
  • Lasting image/quote: "When we started out, people were saying they never did several things at the same time on their PCs. They said, "Hey, I only use WordPerfect," or "I never use anything but 1-2-3." But we've seen tremendous growth in environments; it just took forever for that to happen." -Therese Myers, president, Quarterdeck, 1990

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