Tag Archives: Microsoft

ASUS & McAfee’s cringeworthy antivirus campaign

Exhibit A:

ASUS and McAfee antivirus campaign screengrab.

Oh, if only it was this much fun. Which – if you’re the poor sod who’s ever spent hours having to wrestle with antivirus software such as McAfee that’s proved to be completely useless in removing any number of infections from Microsoft’s godforsaken products – it’s really not.

Enough with the cutesy ads ASUS, do the right thing by your customers, and give us some laptops with Ubuntu preinstalled with first-class support, please.

(By the way, ASUS products from a hardware standpoint are generally incredibly well designed.)

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On Microsoft killing the Internet Explorer brand

The problem is, Internet Explorer – while a simply awful piece of technology – will forever be associated with being tied to an equally mediocre OS (Microsoft Windows). Open source it already, and kill off its dependency on Windows. Not rocket science.

Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand (The Verge)

On Windows 10…

Microsoft spent four years hyping Vista, and it was a colossal, costly failure when it was eventually released. They then hyped Windows 8 as some sort of unified miracle OS for desktop and mobile devices – and it turned out to be a two-headed abomination that had seasoned professionals tearing their hair out. And now, Windows 10 – which Microsoft’s marketing geniuses think they can smooth over Windows 8 bad customer experiences with by skipping a major version number.

How many more expensive, time-wasting chances are folks going to give before realising Microsoft just cannot get it right?

Nice try, Windows…

…but, no thanks 😉

Ubuntu installation disk warning

On Microsoft rebranding Lync to “Skype for Business”…

I can’t take credit for this one, so I’ll merely copy it here – from the comments section of Ars Technica’s article on the topic in question, regarding Microsoft’s continued confusing blanket branding of unrelated groups of products:

“Goddamnit, Microsoft.

Office 2013 Professional Plus vs. Office 365 Pro Plus (but with shortcuts that still say ‘Word 2013’)
OneDrive vs. OneDrive for Business
Skype vs. Skype for Business

Knock it off, douchebags. I don’t care if you call it “Microsoft Ultra Audio Visual Communications Utility 2014 1.0 OSR2b Premium Edition”. Differentiating your products by tacking on “for Business” isn’t a fucking marketing strategy.”

Couldn’t put it any better myself, really.

Microsoft Outlook: UI designers on drugs

Outlook 2010: you want to export a PST of your account contents, you say? Sure – once you’ve flailed around looking for the “Export” button, you in fact achieve this by navigating to “File -> Open”. Then, you click on the “Import” button. Yup, “File -> Open -> Import”. Once you’ve done that, then you’ll see a handy option for performing a file export. Nice.

Outlook Export PST 1

Outlook Export PST 2

 

Outlook 2010: You’ve got an inbox or whatever containing several thousand items. You make a selection with the mouse of a certain number, and you want Outlook to tell you just how many you’ve got selected. No, you’re not crazy: Microsoft’s flagship email application, the one you hopefully paid a tonne of cash for a license, is incapable of doing this.

 

Outlook Web App: We’ve been here before, but let’s also highlight another drug-induced design decision. I’m viewing the contents of my inbox, or whatever. I want to perform a search for something in the current folder, but the default search option is to search the entire fucking mail account every time. Just, why?

Outlook Web App default search

Microsoft Surface – the short version

There are many words I could waste on the newly announced Microsoft Surface tablet, reflective of the company’s obsession with Apple Inc, and their increasingly obvious hail mary approach to staying relevant amongst mobile users – a market that I believe has well and truly left Microsoft behind. However, my feelings on it are perhaps best summarized by this:

Twitter search for vapourtrails hashtag

Yes, despite the inane statements and claims originating from certain (somewhat clueless) Microsoft staffers, the thing is vapourware, pure and simple.

If I had one piece of advice to give Microsoft collectively at this point, it would be – to paraphrase Gordon Ramsay – if you’re going to do this, then shut the fuck up and do it. Keeping customers in the dark about price, dates, or if it will even run half-decently at all can only translate to huge amounts of egg on face if or when it doesn’t match their expectations.

If anything, this is the one area they could do with aping Apple a bit more closely…