Microsoft can go too far

IT Update,   a newsletter I read every morning, has an alarming suggestion: ‘Microsoft may ‘automatically upgrade  Windows 7 and 8.x to Windows 10.’
This presumably because nobody wants windows-10Windows 10 running on their computers.
At the moment I am running Windows 7.0 and in the past four weeks I have had some 500 updates. None of which seem to have made my compimagesuter work better or faster.
What Microsoft is missing is Bill Gates.
I interviewed him for an hour on television and he took each question, thought for a moment, and came back with a cogent, grammatical reply. He was totally remarkable. And he did not have the bad temper that made Steve Jobs so difficult.
OK, so Bill Gates was not the most charming of men. He once said one of his major regrets was allowing employees stock options. He thought he did not need to and it was effectively money wasted.
I think since then he has changed his stance and is a major, major contributor to charity. And, as far as I can ascertain,  has nothing to do with the day to day runningSteve Ballmer of Microsoft.
Would that he did.
After him came Steve Ballmer who was an amiable cove, devoted to Microsoft and an excellent father. But not an excellent leader of Microsoft. Under his direction the company started to slip.
And it has been slipping ever since. Yes, yes they eventually got rid of Ballmer and some of the more obvious mistakes have been corrected. Which leaves Windows 10.
Windows 10 has generally been rejected by the public. I know not whether that is a question of performance or marketing but I know this: if it is bunged on to my machine without my permission I switch to Apple Macintosh the next day. No hesitation. No messing around. A quick switch.
Mac retinaYes, it will cost $AUS2,000 and that is a lot of money. Worth paying that sort of money if it means I no longer get stuffed around by Microsoft and a version of Windows which seems to be in perpetual need of updating.

About Gareth Powell

Welsh to the point of affectation. Retired publisher, journalist, author, truck driver, circus hand, sergeant. Lives in Australia and England. Prefers writing to almost any other human activity.

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