Microsoft. How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.
Today, I picked up a laptop from a client because she was stuck in a loop with her brand new computer:
- Microsoft ID
- we’ll SMS you a code
- enter the code
- Microsoft ID
- Lather, rinse, repeat.
As it was brand new, I went into recovery mode, wiped it clean and started fresh. This time I didn’t use an online account – STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST ONLINE ACCOUNTS, ie. accounts attached to Microsoft ID – and all went great.
Once done, I inserted my USB key to install the standard suite of software I install for all my clients: Avast, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (MBAM), Skype, iTunes, Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. And I saw this:
“For security and performance (bullshit!), this mode of Windows only runs verified apps from the Store. This helps protect your PC and keep [sic] it running smoothly.”
Now, mind you, Skype is a MICROSOFT product. Which I downloaded from the Skype website yesterday.
When I click the link to bypass this, the browser opens:
“Switch out of S mode” followed by a nice paragraph explaining what S mode is and that you can leave S mode, but you can never come back. (shades of Hotel California?) But, it’s free to do, so just click “Get”.
I click “Get” and…… please log in to the Microsoft Store, by providing your Microsoft ID. Don’t have one? Create one.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, FU, FU, FU, FU, FU, FU, FU, FU, FU, FU, FU, FU.
This has NOTHING to do with performance and everything to do with “<sniff> No one uses our Microsoft Store. It’s not fair. Our product sucks and no one uses it.” Maybe you should make it better? “No, we should just force everyone to use it by doing underhanded, heavy-handed, counter-productive, etc. things.”
When talking to people about Apple, inevitably someone will say, “Apple is so locked in.” Well, no it’s not. Never has been. And they certainly don’t prevent people from downloading their own software to install.
Fuck you, Microsoft. In so many uncountable ways.