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Microsoft are pleased to announce that their recent focus on productivity has culminated in the move to the post-productivity era with the October 2018 update (1809).
The deletion of all your user files will massively reduce the effort required to do any work at all! No more tiresome updating of user files, and look how clean that My Documents folder looks.
A complex AI program will ascertain whether you are ready for this new era, so if you still have user files following the upgrade don't despair, Microsoft are almost guaranteed to delete them in one of their future updates. And with the current tempo of updates you shouldn't have to wait more than 6 months to get these exciting changes.
This is seen as an early step towards the post-Windows era, where some future update is anticipated to not only remove your user files but also the entire operating system.
All of this has been made possible by Microsoft's decisive move to a post-testing world several years ago, and now we're really starting to see the benefit of such a bold strategy.
This is the sequel to Microsoft – So long and thanks for all the fish. Also, this is my journey, and I’m not suggesting for a second it would work out for anyone else (I’m nobody’s evangelist).
My frustrations with Microsoft finally came to a head with the axing of the Groove app for Android. I’d literally just dumped my aging Windows phone and moved to Android, but wanted to keep using MS services as much as possible. I’d just got it set up perfectly, and by far the largest volume of data on my OneDrive is music. So I was spitting feathers when MS dumped me yet again.
For now I’ve managed to Cobble together a solution using Google music whilst my data is still on OneDrive (though essentially only as a backup). I’ve never been a fan of Google, the old maxim about you being the product if you cannot work out what the product is seemed very pertinent. But you know what cheeses me off even more than lack of privacy? A totally unreliable supplier who capriciously withdraws their services at a whim (and yes, I am aware that Google have form in this regard as well…). So I’ve done it, I’ve gone to the dark side.
My red lightsaber of choice is a 10-inch Chromebook. I can honestly say that Chrome OS on it’s own would literally do nothing for me. But with Android apps the picture changes big time. I’ve now got a laptop with app parity on my phone (something MS used to be able to provide – no more).
And it’s great. I’m loving the light airy feel of the OS and the HUGE number of apps available (I’m actually playing a few lightweight games for the first time in ages). Will it replace my PC? Er, no. But before I was probably 30% phone, 70% PC. Now it’s more like 30% phone, 40% Chromebook and 30% PC. Is it perfect? Hell no! I cannot get the OneDrive app working at all, and I cannot map to shares on my NAS (even with the Google supplied extension for this purpose). And the start menu keeps losing my folder names and rearranging things whenever I restart. It does feel a little lacking in polish in places. But despite all that I really like it. Once the wrinkles get ironed out I can see my PC being relegated to the occasional heavy lifting tasks (maybe once a fortnight?).
My next task is to take Google office for a spin. If I can live with that offering, and once Google One with it’s more flexible storage options arrive then I’m gone. MS don’t deserve any more money from me for providing a shrinking service offering. MS will always be there (on my gaming rig for proper games if nothing else), but day to day I reckon I can do better than what are currently offering.
So I’ve finally got my answer to the question: what will it take for MS to alienate me entirely.
Either of the above could be the title of this post. I recently posted Microsoft: So long, and thanks for all the fish... and some of the replies to that really got me thinking.
Collateral Damage was my first thought. Am I just an acceptable loss to Microsoft as someone who won't buy into their rather restrictive vision? No, I don't want to always use Edge thanks, the stuttering I get on videos is horrendous, and doesn't seem to affect other browsers (same goes for the occasional online games I play). And no, I really cannot see how you are helping my productivity by moving the cheese around twice a year and cluttering my PC with stuff I neither need nor want.
But. Whilst some see the recent MS reorg as taking the spotlight off Windows, I can see a potential Silver Lining here. Windows is mature, it doesn't NEED a whole lot of anything done, let alone the MS vanity projects which seem to find their way into the OS. Is the reorg actually going to give me the stability I crave in a desktop OS, or are MS going to make collateral damage of all of us whilst they cram the MS-way down our throats and try to milk every last penny/cent from the cow (sorry, I believe they call it monetizing the OS).
Bottom line is that MS either lack clarity of vision, or they have the vision but lack the ability to communicate it. Right now they come across as desperate and directionless. This wouldn't be a problem if it only affected some obscure system, but we're talking about something I personally use for a minimum of 10 hours almost every day.
I was holding out for the next wave of MS mobile, but you know what? I've still got the scars from Windows phone. I'm not waiting with baited breath for another year for a product which takes 2 years to mature and gets trash canned 2 years after that.
I'd love to know what others think on this one. I do wonder if my young kids will grow up and never use an MS product. I can really see that coming. In the same way I used to know who IBM were and what they did (but now have no idea what they do), will it be the same in 10-15 years time for MS? I this what they ultimately want, or are they just sleep walking into it anyway?
So many questions, so few answers (at least from MS...).
Although I can't quite believe it, I have now started a tentative journey to dump Microsoft.
I've been a huge fan over the years, taking every Windows upgrade as soon as it became available, persuaded all my family to set up Outlook.com accounts, Skype accounts, and got my wife and myself Windows phones.
Things have been going south for a while though. Constant upgrades to Windows 10 (I now seem to spend more time sorting out issues with my computers than actually using them), the constant crap that Microsoft keeps trying to put back on my computers every time an upgrade occurs, and the fact that Windows phone has basically been abandoned (to say nothing about Groove).
My wife's 640 recently died so I helped her buy and set up a new Samsung Android. Not wanting to be outdone I decided a phone upgrade was on the cards. I'm not a big fan of the ridiculous Apple price tags so got myself an Android phone. My expectation weren't high, and I was dreading leaving my old Windows phone. What a revelation Android has been. I used to claim I didn't need apps, but when they're suddenly available what a difference. Everything 'just works', and I now have finger print access to banking apps, payment apps, and more and more.
This is where the rot starts. I'll always own a computer for grunt work, but my next tablet is likely to be either Android or a Chromebook (the latter not quite there yet, but so close). My computer will be relegated to being switched on a couple of times a month, and doing so won't be a joyous experience as I'll no doubt have to wait whilst it applies whatever updates, and twice a year I'll have to fix whatever Microsoft tries to break.
This all makes me kinda sad, as I've invested so much into the Microsoft ecosystem. Next to go will be my Office 365 subscription, as now I'm seeing what Google has to offer I'm stating to question what value Microsoft is actually delivering.
So Microsoft, consider this a breakup. And for the record; it's you, not me.