Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 23:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems So, we have Microsoft slowly but surely trying to be a better citizen in the computing world - with the emphasis on trying. After years of dragging their feet, the company is finally implementing web standards in Internet Explorer, there's a boatload of interoperability information now, that sort of stuff. And then, just when you think they're starting to get it - they go behind our backs to do something incredibly insipid. It's small, you'll barely notice it, but dear lord, it's really, really annoying.
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RE[3]: Not the only way
by StaubSaugerNZ on Sat 24th Apr 2010 05:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not the only way"
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Like if they really care with all the billions of customers and money they already have.

That the problem for us users. Finally it is becoming a problem for Microsoft too. Please check their 2010 Q1 balance sheet - and no, it's not just the recession, the balance sheet has been progressively worsening recently if you pay very close attention, which is not a good thing for growth-obsessed investors. Despite massive stock buy-backs to keep the share price afloat it has been very slowly deflating. Investors know to put their money elsewhere.

The problem is because there is a growing movement where the smartest people avoid their software, and recommend others do the same as a result of really irksome technical practices like the one described in the original post.

I once read Microsoft's current business practices summed up once as, "In order for Microsoft to win, the customer must lose".

Coming up with (poorly though out) 'solutions' like this that don't work well with the rest of the infrastructure used to be a deliberate strategy to move things to a MS-only world. Clearly they didn't succeed and that attitude is becoming more and more painful now that the Windows PC is not the center of much of the World's digital experience as they move to smart phones etc.

I know there are some intelligent, hard-working, Microsoft folks that read these forums. Please use what influence you have to stop such silly decisions from being made. You hurt users that don't use Windows products, which you could argue don't matter, but in fact these then use their disproportionate influence to stop purchases of Windows for family, friends and colleagues (since they often have professional IT careers, maybe they're not 'decision makers' but that decision-making person never gets to make an MS-favourable decision if the 'influencers' never put such options it in front of them, get it?).

In short, when the elephant turns around it should take care what it steps on.

Edited 2010-04-24 05:28 UTC

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