Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th May 2016 22:52 UTC

Update: it happened again today. Here's the ad, and here's the "proof" it's coming from Word (when you long-press the notification and tap 'i').

It's been a bit of a running theme lately: advertising in (mobile) operating systems. Today, I was surprised by what I consider a new low, involving incompetence on both Microsoft's and Google's end. This new low has been eating away at me all day.

Let's give a bit of background first. On my smartphone, a Nexus 6P, I have Word, Excel, and PowerPoint installed. I have these installed for my work - I run my translation company, and when new work comes in through e-mail when I'm out and about, I like being able to quickly look at a document before accepting it. Microsoft Office for Android fulfills this role for me. This means I don't actually use them very often - maybe a few times a week.

Imagine my surprise, then, when this happened. Yes, I'm linking to the full screenshot in its full, glorious, Nexus 6P 1440x2560 brilliance.

I have a few questions. First, why is Microsoft sending me an advertisement in my notification tray? Second, why is Word sending me an advertisement for Excel? Third, why is this allowed by Google, even though the Play Store rules prohibit it? Fourth A, why is Microsoft sending me advertisements for products I already have installed? Fourth B, why is Microsoft sending me advertisements for products I already use? Fourth C, why is Microsoft sending me advertisements for products I already pay for because I have an Office 365 subscription? Fifth, who in their right mind at Microsoft thought this was not a 100%, utterly, completely, deeply, ridiculously, unequivocally, endlessly, exquisitely invasive, stupid, aggravating, off-putting, infuriating, and pointless thing to do?

I know both Android and iOS suffer from scummy applications abusing the notification tray for advertising, and I know both Google and Apple have rules that prohibit this that they do not enforce, but I didn't think I'd run into it because... Well, I use only proper, honest applications, right? I don't use the scummy ones? I pay for my applications?


I think it's time to start enforcing these rules.

Oh, and Microsoft? I haven't forgotten about BeOS. It's not like you have a lot of goodwill to mess around with here.

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RE[6]: Trayspamfilter needed?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 26th May 2016 17:04 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Trayspamfilter needed?"
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Ask for a PDF, it is made to look the same universally, Word is not.

I give up. You people have no fucking clue how the translation industry works.

"Ask for a PDF". That's the single-most stupid thing I have heard all month. Go start a translation company, and then go demand from your customers that they convert their entire workflow to an incredibly edit-hostile file format that requires a ton of investment into new software, new skills, and an entirely new workflow, only to end up at documents (PDF) most translation (management) software doesn't like in the first place, while also forcing yourself to invest heavily in proper PDF software, just because some random nerd on the internet opened a document in LibreOpenOffice or whatever the fuck that shit is called today and it "looked just fine".

Let's see how long you last as your customers point, laugh, dump your sorry ass, and go to a real translator instead.

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