As soon as I’m finished I’m deleting Office and cancelling my trial, if I forget, I asked Siri to remind me twenty-five days from now (so I have a little leeway) that my Office365 subscription is ending and I won’t have to pay a thing. Windows 10 on my MacBook Pro and MacBook Air were free too by the way; I joined the Windows Insider Program and installed everywhere I could, even in hardware I would never use it again and right after I wiped it from everywhere but from my MacBook Pro. See, once you install Windows 10 you don’t even need a serial number, Microsoft remembers the hardware ID and it just activates itself the next time you reinstall—not that I want to.
Even from doing a clean install Windows 10 will serve you ads right in the OS, it is unacceptable, I mean, I didn’t pay for it but think about those who do. You pay actual money for software and you expect it to be done with it, not for it to be pushing you to pay more for a “more complete” version of it. That’s outrageous. Just like you cannot use an Xbox without having a million ads just served to you, I mean you paid for the box, why can’t that just be all? You’re in essence paying for the advertisement infrastructure.
Also Microsoft is backing down on every decision they make, like the thing where you couldn't lend Xbox games, or when you couldn’t play offline, or when you had unlimited OneDrive storage, or when you had Windows Live Domains for free and and when you would keep them forever, and of course Windows 8. But I guess forever in Microsoft’s terms means just enough time so we lure you in and then we find an excuse to suck the money out of you. There is a ton more but I don’t really follow Microsoft, that’s just from the top of my head.
Remember I told you I had tried Office365 before? I only did it for the OneDrive storage, so I could embed files from it to my websites, it turns out for you cannot just do that, you are presented (as a guest) with some kind of sign in page, or at the very least some reminder, an interface, that you are downloading FROM OneDrive. That’s free publicity they’re giving themselves, even though they shouldn’t as I’m paying for the storage. My data, my way. Not to mention they will go through you data if they feel like it.
They also pucker up and bend down if asked by the government to hand off you personal data, and their position regarding this comes and goes like a piston in an engine block. Microsoft is a company not to trust. Even though I’m an Apple user—OS X, iOS, watchOS, tvOS, you name it, I breathe it all—I had, until this email drama, a lot of trust on Microsoft, just because they’re big and they’re are more or less a serious company. I no longer do.
Windows 10. Where do I start? The forced updates, the telemetry, the ads. OMG.
The forced updates. No, they don’t care about your security; it’s all about money. If Windows is up to date that means less chance of pirated copies. But they don’t understand, hackers will always find a way. They need to rethink their strategy, and it seems they’re doing it as they’re selling computers now, they’re going all Apple. But they can’t go all the way because they have partners, like Dell, and Asus, and HP, and the others. Also, an always-updated OS means less support calls. Again, it’s all about money.
Ads. Why the fuck would you show me advertisements on something I paid for. Isn’t it fully paid? Is there somewhere in the EULA that said I have to keep paying it forever in order to use it? Windows is more like a paid freemium nowadays. It started since Windows 8. I bought a computer just to see what it was like—the computer now my sister owns. It showed ads on most its Metro apps to “paid for the services.” Again, where do I start? If you can’t offer it completely, just don’t. Microsoft doesn’t give up with the wow-factor instead of focusing in actual functionality, the reason I chose OS X and iOS over Windows and Android. It feels gimmicky instead of useful. It feels Samsung-y. And what happened with Windows 8? Well, you know the story.
Now with Windows 10, reviewers rave about it mostly because it’s the old Windows again. But I can’t seem to get any work done, or if I do, not as fast as I can on a Mac. From the missing OS X’s Hot Corners to the impossibly convoluted Control Panel and hidden settings and codes you have to dig for for hours not only on a Google web search and but in command prompts too, I just can’t.
And finally, telemetry. Nearly every service collects some amount of data today, that’s okay but there needs to be a switch to disable it. It must be an opt-in, not an opt-out process.
When you install Windows all the settings that benefit Microsoft are turned on by default and they try very hard to trick you into accepting them by presenting you with a big EXPRESS SETTINGS button and the alternative being a tiny text link—how can you trust an OS that’s trying to fool you from the get-go. Even if you’re very careful and choose not to send anything to Microsoft, Windows is still collecting telemetry data. As I understand that data is anonymous, allegedly, and helps Windows get better. But the thing is, I don’t care if it’s for the greater good, as long as the company who sold me the OS is still benefiting from me without me to have the option to say no—scratch that—without having me opting-in firstly. This is a huge issue. I don’t care if they save AIDS-ridden babies working in a shoe factory for half a cent an hour in central Africa with this, it has to be my decision.
I get that Macs are expensive. But everything I’ve written so far can be dealt with on a Mac with absolutely no third party software.
Microsoft, get your shit together and enough with the greediness.
It’s all about money.
UPDATE: Some hours later I spell-checked some stuff and made some small references but the post is largely the same. Thanks for your time if you made it this far.