Vanity Fair:

According to Eichenwald, Microsoft had a prototype e-reader ready to go in 1998, but when the technology group presented it to Bill Gates he promptly gave it a thumbs-down, saying it wasn’t right for Microsoft. “He didn’t like the user interface, because it didn’t look like Windows,” a programmer involved in the project recalls.

Und jetzt dominiert Amazon den Markt. Den Kindle gibt es seit 2007, Microsoft wäre einige Jahre voraus gewesen.