So the GPL processor didn't make it. The 9985 didn't make it in time. The Z80 works like a charm, but someone doesn't like it, and they quite successfully "erase it". They have to shoehorn the 9900 in. Basic runs slow. You couldn't run Assembly on the stock machine - unlike all the other competitive computers. They're making it relatively difficult for third party developers. GROM and GPL also secured a relatively closed architecture. Their expansions are relatively expensive. Do I have to mention the joystick port. And at some point on the curve of success (units selling), they sell the 99 at a loss, and they're not making up for it.
- So with all this "TI only and keeping it to yourself", I think they could certainly have made a general consensus for "erasing" the Microsoft involvement. Whatever, Microsoft probably had the longest laugh. - Now, we could try and blame Microsoft for TI Basic running so slow.