Hey Microsoft, an operating system IS NOT a service!

July 6, 2016 · Filed Under In Depth, Software 

In Depth - A merciless lens pointed on the hot topics, passionate and detailed retrospectives, reflections beyond the appearances Since its official debut on the market, nearly a year ago, Windows 10 has become the main discussion topic of the entire computer business. Many reported Microsoft’s inclination to cause troubles or even real damages to users with the company’s new policy about cloud computing, mandatory updates and free offers you cannot refuse, but for me Windows 10 suffers from a fundamental issue that’s even more difficult to ignore. The entire “Windows as a service” concept is utter nonsense, and if Microsoft has taken this path I don’t think I will be able to follow it.

Redmond recently explained what “Windows as a service” means, outlining an operating system in endless evolution which exploits the Insider program fanboys to test the new stuff before delivering it to the mainstream public. From the corporation’s standpoint it’s an ideal solution to keep Windows steadily updated, on par with the latest trends and obviously to give the news sites fresh contents that will feed the endless chatter on Windows 10.

In fact the latest Windows is almost exclusively fitted to Microsoft’s needs, rather than to the user’s ones, because a user surely isn’t comfortable with Microsoft deciding to uninstall a software after the system update on the basis of a theoretical yet mistaken incompatibility, a developer has no interest in getting a telemetry feature hidden inside a C++ program compiled on Visual Studio 2015; considering that we are talking about a computer OS, no person with a sane mind would celebrate the fact that the upcoming Anniversary Update will include even more advertising as “promoted” apps.

Windows 10 nagware

Sorry Microsoft, but fuck you

Microsoft can surely profit from making the download and installation of Windows 10 patches mandatory, or at least that can be delayed a bit on the “Pro” versions of the OS, because such a policy simplifies the user base management and cut down fragmentation; too bad that sometimes embarrassing incidents live-streamed on Twitch happen. As these months reports are showing, the decision to force users of the previous versions of Windows to take advantage of the free upgrade turned into something like a true malware, a saga of horrors and errors which put human lives at risk and endangered anti-poachers operations in Africa, interrupted television programs, ended up in USA courts at least once (for now) and it reached climax with a ridiculous full-screen message begging users to upgrade the system within the free offer expiration date on the upcoming 29th of July.

The apps sold on the Windows Store and belonging to the so called Universal Windows Platform (UWP) aren’t worth discussing much, because they are a technologically idiotic offer and an acknowledged threat to the entire PC gaming industry, as Tim “ZZT” Sweeney stated, a potential return to that embarrassing abortion known as Games for Windows LIVE which at any rate is just the minor focus of a company mostly interested in entrapping users and developers in paid services on the Azure cloud computing.

In these 12 months Microsoft fooled almost everyone, hoping to convert as much human sacrifices as possible to achieve the one billion machines based on Windows 10 target within two years, promising an operating system that’s always up-to-date and “customized” on the single users’ needs where respect for privacy is guaranteed but only after collecting information on searches and Web browsing, the apps downloaded from the Windows Store and several telemetry data points.

The message obsessively coming from Redmond states that Windows 10 is a system tailored for the user, more secure and performing than ever; but an operating system that deletes user’s applications without permission, updates itself without permission and downloads several Gigabytes for the upgrade without permission clearly hasn’t been designed to answer users’ requests. Windows 10, the operating system as a service, is patently at the service of Microsoft’s needs and no one else’s. Who writes doesn’t need a “customized” and remote-controlled OS, because he always prefers to customize it by himself and considers Windows 10 a toy for digital natives rather than a product to install on a real computer. I don’t think I am alone in thinking this way.

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