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

Right?

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[7]: Trayspamfilter needed?
by lucas_maximus on Thu 26th May 2016 17:36 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Trayspamfilter needed?"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

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


It a bit rich to say this when you don't program and then criticise the software industry being a "failure" because it would be un-economic to start all over.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

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


It a bit rich to say this when you don't program and then criticise the software industry being a "failure" because it would be un-economic to start all over.
"

There's a distinct and clear difference between criticising the result instead of the process.

I don't criticise the development *process*; I criticise its *result*. The kind of crap we accept from software we would never accept from any other product on the market. I'm not telling developers "you're an idiot for using IDE Xyz, you should use IDE Abc"; I'm just saying that regardless of process, the end result is crap - and looking and listening to the people around me, software is, indeed, crap.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Crap software occurs because of failures in the process, the result is a direct consequence of the process.

Once software exists and it is being used it almost can never be changed because any assumptions made are part of the design.

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