Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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RE: Comment by Nico57
by n4cer on Mon 12th Nov 2012 22:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nico57"
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In the end, the responsibility really goes down to Microsoft.
Would they step out and tell OEMs to stop their dirty business, they'd have no choice but comply.
But of course they're also getting their share out of it.
Somehow, in this highly competitive market, crapware is a direct consequence of the MS tax.

Microsoft has asked OEMs to not install crapware with each major OS release since it became a problem. With Windows 2000 and XP, they tried to enforce a clean desktop, restricting what preinstalled apps could do, and the areas they could be displayed within the OS. The OEMs complained to the DOJ and MS was subsequently limited in the level of control they could exert, which is the main reason crapware flourished after a short lull.

Since they were limited in control that could be exerted via licensing/contracts, they've instead resorted limiting the integration points for new user interfaces and not allowing programatic access for actions that they feel should require user consent. The intent is most evident in their newer designs.

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