Microsoft Windows – Jumping The Shark

Jumping The Shark

Microsoft are undoubtedly Jumping the Shark with Windows 10.

Jumping the shark is an idiom created by Jon Hein that was used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality, signaled by a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of gimmick in an attempt to keep viewers’ interest, which is taken as a sign of desperation, and is seen by viewers to be the point at which the show strayed irreparably from its original premise.

Don’t be fooled by the visual pointlessness of it all because under the hood things have changed with Windows 10.

Microsoft’s spying on you is pretty awful.

Windows 10 calls home with essentially every last thing you do and search for by default.

Finding and disarming all the different ways Microsoft spies on you is difficult at best, and a futile game of whack-a-mole at worst.

It is perhaps not fair to project the experiences of participating in the open beta onto the release version of Windows 10, but I did get pretty sick of having to go in and defang Microsoft’s creepy doll Cortana spymaster every time a major patch came out.

The NSA can go straight to hell, as can any company slurping up my info into data centres where that data can be easily “requisitioned”.

I may not be able to keep the NSA out of my data, but I do intend to make the poxy whoresons work for it!

Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH
The Register – Trevor Pott – 29 July 2015

Windows 10 Scream

And don’t be fooled by the senile dementia displayed by the dithering of Windows 10.

Ramming updates up my box’s jacksie

That leads us into the whole “forced patches” thing.

I’m not a fan.

I understand that some people feel this is the only way to make Aunt Tilly patch.

They’re wrong.

Aunt Tilly’s computer was shipped to her with Windows Updates enabled by default.

Its people like me not patching, because I don’t want to close everything down so that Windows can reboot, and I’m perfectly okay with the “risk” of browsing the internet through Firefox.

I would feel a lot more secure running my very well shielded Firefox on an unpatched Windows machine than I would running IE on anything, ever.

No matter its patch level.

I prefer to not have to fight Microsoft to keep my computer from rebooting and annihilating all my open applications, thanks.

But this is beyond personal preference.

Microsoft has completely borked patches so many times during my career that I absolutely refuse to install any Windows patch on any computer I rely on without testing it first.

Further adding to my nopeing over forced updates is that I simply do not trust Microsoft, even the littlest bit.

Windows 10 is supposed to be on a brand new release lifecycle where major-ish updates will be pushed out with some regularity.

I don’t trust Microsoft with this power.

Perhaps more to the point: I don’t trust Microsoft not to push out some horrific UI change or break applications like Classic Shell.

Microsoft have broken my trust too many times and done absolutely nothing to earn it back.

Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH
The Register – Trevor Pott – 29 July 2015

Windows Edge

Because this looks like its heading towards Software As A Service Subscriptions.

Cloud based subscription licensing is becoming the norm for software vendors when it comes to licensing their products.

It helps them to gain more revenue, have better visibility over their customers, and have more control over their customer base.

Microsoft recently announced that Windows 10 would be the last fully packaged product that they will release.

From then onwards, it will be more of a SaaS product, with regular cloud based updates.

Interestingly, to further emphasise our point of Windows being a service, Microsoft have reportedly trademarked the term ‘Windows 365’ which suggests in the future they will align the service to Office 365.

The ITAM Review – Microsoft’s move to Subscription and SaaS
David Foxen – 2nd June 2015

Microsoft’s move to Subscription and SaaS

Think about getting in the right lane because missing the exit might be expensive.

In economics, vendor lock-in, also known as proprietary lock-in or customer lock-in, makes a customer dependent on a vendor for products and services, unable to use another vendor without substantial switching costs.

The European Commission, in its March 24, 2004 decision on Microsoft’s business practices, quotes, in paragraph 463, Microsoft general manager for C++ development Aaron Contorer as stating in a February 21, 1997 internal Microsoft memo drafted for Bill Gates:

“The Windows API is so broad, so deep, and so functional that most ISVs would be crazy not to use it.

And it is so deeply embedded in the source code of many Windows apps that there is a huge switching cost to using a different operating system instead.

It is this switching cost that has given customers the patience to stick with Windows through all our mistakes, our buggy drivers, our high TCO, our lack of a sexy vision at times, and many other difficulties. […]

Customers constantly evaluate other desktop platforms, [but] it would be so much work to move over that they hope we just improve Windows rather than force them to move.

In short, without this exclusive franchise called the Windows API, we would have been dead a long time ago.

The Windows franchise is fueled by application development which is focused on our core APIs”

Microsoft’s application software also exhibits lock-in through the use of proprietary file formats.

Microsoft Outlook uses a proprietary, publicly undocumented datastore format.

Present versions of Microsoft Word have introduced a new format MS-OOXML.

This may make it easier for competitors to write documents compatible with Microsoft Office in the future by reducing lock-in.

Microsoft released full descriptions of the file formats for earlier versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint in February 2008.

Choose Your Lane

Most PC users probably just need the everyday version.

This kind of Linux has been widely available for some time now.

Since Microsoft makes its living selling people ‘ordinary’ operating systems, they have a lot to lose if Linux ever gets popular with the masses.

For this reason they have done everything in their power to ‘warn’ the public that Linux is something that you probably don’t want and don’t need.

But in reality, Linux is just as easily installed and supports just as wide a range of hardware as Microsoft Windows does.

The three most popular Desktop distributions of Linux are;

1. Fedora
2. Ubuntu
3. Linux Mint

Selecting A Linux Distribution

This is the message Planet Redmond is beaming into Russia.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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5 Responses to Microsoft Windows – Jumping The Shark

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  2. James says:

    I am running Ubuntu 14.04 and firefox on an 2005 Dell laptop. Installed it is less than 6 gig. Ubuntu has a package of office software that does most of the functions in in windows office. The laptop is what I use the most. I also have a windows 7 HP, which I use for editing word documents, as I know the edit functions in word, and have not yet taken the time to find if they are in the Ubuntu office software. When support for windows 7 ends I will migrate fully to Ubuntu. No more money to the Dark Lord of Redmond.

  3. PeterMG says:

    Just use a VPN if you are that worried. NSA just does not nor will ever have the resource to spy on everyone. Google and Apple are far worse than Microsoft anyway, who is just playing catch-up. Don’t get me wrong, I think it disgusting, but the only way to stop them is for every one to stop using the internet, and that will just not happen now. One thing is absolutely for sure, using Linux is not the way to make you any more secure than you are now.

  4. PeterMG says:

    Some extra reading on the subject. You are not the only one not happy but the issue really is MS have seen Google and Apple behave in a high handed matter and get away with it. It makes life easier for them to support their product.

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