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  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    , Bass wrote

    If you are wondering why King is so adment of promoting this free game (even spamming commericials on TV, etc.), King designed Candy Crush Saga with significant help from psychologists to short circuit people's inherent reward response. Basically, Candy Crush is a PHYOPS tool designed for the explict purpose of fleeing people vulnernable to a certain kind of suggestion. Some freeminum games have resulted in people spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars (and in some cases, tens of thousands) on these so called "microtransactions".

    And people thought waiting for the long Tetris block was torture.

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!

    , Jim Young wrote



    King already has games in the Windows Phone store. They were on stage at \\Build touting the cross platform capabilities of VS 2015. No surprises here.

    I suppose you delete Solitaire from your Windows system too. 

    Those were not mine words.

    Neowin is the biggest pro post-2012 Microsoft site there is. They believed into the smash-success of W8 longer than Sinofsky himself did.

    If they chose this wording..

    Further with Neowin:

    For King, the benefit is obvious but consumers get put in the middle with a game they may not want on their machine. While it can surely be removed, it's still a "freemium" game that will now come with every Windows 10 install during the launch period.

    What Microsoft does not clarify is what "the launch" means. We suspect this app install bundleware will only last for a limited time but the company is not saying when the deal will expire.

    Microsoft is offering upgrades to Windows 10 for free and we hope this is not a trend of how the company intends to generate revenue with the OS.

  • Stop the madness!

    , blackcell06 wrote

    @wastingtimewithforums: After reading your posts on this forum I have to say you have to be the most unhappy\negative person on earth. 

    May I ask why you do not use strictly use Unix? Or get out of the technology field all together? Seems as the changes Microsoft are making are causing you a great deal of pain.

    Yes, Microsoft was quite successful dealing the pain out. Unfortunately I am not the only recipient.

    Here's a great article on how important business customers are increasingly p***ed off by Microsoft's "cloud first, mobile first", metro and licensing policies. Unfortunately it's only in German but the translator does a good enough job.

    It's a must read, even in its auto-translated form.

    Part 1

    Part 2

    part 3

    The sentiments described there are rampant in the wild. They really are. Almost no one is excited about a new version of something. The prevalent thoughts are not "Universal Apps! Horraay!" but what is degraded this time, how long it takes to reach pre-Windows 8/Office 2013 levels and what's going to be killed off in favour of a rental.

  • Windows 8 is finally paying off for Microsoft!


    It's no secret that Microsoft has had trouble filling its app stores with quality games and other content, so when the company announced Candy Crush Saga would be coming to Windows 10, it sounded like good news. 

    But it's not. Apparently, Microsoft has struck a deal with the devil to make this happen as the company has also said that Windows 10 will automatically install this game during the launch period of the new OS. 

    Cleary, this is the deal Microsoft had to make to get this game brought to its stores.

  • Stop the madness!

    Great, today I ran exactly into that kind of faulty update problem which makes Windows 10's Windows Update madness.

    On the PC of a colleague Outlook always started to crash when imap-profiles are present. After lots of trial and error we located the problem to be related with faulty updates:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3061014 (I think not all of them are listed here)

    I re-installed Office 2010 SP2, deactivated automatic updates for a while and manually installed only all the non-Outlook related Office updates. This worked. (Everything else failed: Office Repair, .pst stuff etc.)

    On Windows 10, where you can't deselect update and where even setting WU to manual is problematic, this troubleshoot would be almost impossible.

    Even if you you know a specific update causes problems: You can't hide it in Windows 10. The best you can do is de-installing it, but then WU will bring it back! Ridiculous.

    The "solution" would be stiffling the WU client and not installing any updates altogether.

  • Stop the madness mark 2.

    , elmer wrote


    Nope - Terry Myerson announced that BOTH Pro and Enterprise will offer Windows Update for Business.


    Lots of marketing speak in this one. It looks like WSUS 2.0, just far more forced.

    Apart from Distribution rings and Peer to peer delivery, the key question is: Will Windows Update still have the "just remind me without installing" and "manual" options? And the ability to delesect and hide/unhide specific updates?

    Loss of these options is what's gonna be annoying. And the latter cannot be replicated by any gpedit or registry tweak.

    And will these options be available in the WU client of Pro itself, and not on the domain server where the new WSUS is installed? Because if the latter is the case, then you would need a darn Windows server just to have some say over updates on your own frigging computer. That would be ridiculous. THIS is W8/xbone/bleached-out-Office backlash material. Same attitude.

    So far I have seen nothing on "Windows Update for Business" that matches the fine-tuning and ease of use of the ordinary Windows Update client pre-Windows 10.

  • Stop the madness mark 2.

    I don't even think the Pro-version is safe from this.

    Sanity begins probably at the Enterprise-version.

    I wonder how the world reacts to this.

    One backlash more.

    I personally want this to happen because it will keep everyone's computer safer.

    No, it will make computers less safer. Was Windows 8 successful at heralding the ago of metro apps on the PC? No, it was successful to create a viable business for start menu replacements.

    Everyone knows how to make Windows Update go automatically, and most chose this setting freely. But there are lots of situations when manual is better, at least for a while. If this thing starts to get uncontrollable, and forces reboots, update loops (waiting for your laptop doing the 50-updates dance just when you wanted to go is always fun) without the ability to turn off, and un-deselectable updates (maybe even uninstallable ones) to boot, then the * will hit the fan fast!

    WU-blockers for Windows 10 will be what start menu replacers were for W8. The interwebs will be full of advices on how to stop the Windows Update service entirely.

    And please stop kidding ourselves to think these changes were about forcing security. That's a BS excuse. There was no problem with the old regime. The security track record and spread of updates is pretty solid since XP SP2.

    It's all about forcing further upgrades, not updates. It's about making these forced upgrades un-avoidable and about brute-forcing GUI- and other changes when it suits MS next time. They don't want to swallow another W8. Next time they cook up something like metro, staying on the older system should not be an option according to MS. That message is clear.

  • Another day, another locked thread

    , bondsbw wrote

    @wastingtimewithforums:  And that is not Windows 10 on desktop.

    Was that my point?

  • Another day, another locked thread

    , bondsbw wrote

    Both iOS and Android have introduced a metro-like UI.  Both of them are successful on tablets and phones, but neither are successful on desktop machines and laptops.

    That's not really true though. They have introduced flattened icons.


    Is still not this:

  • Another day, another locked thread

    , bondsbw wrote


    Sure, I can buy that.  But his comments are almost all related to asthetics, which are subjective and opinionated.  I, along with many others here, do not share those opinions.  I like the style of modern apps.

    Aesthetics and usability are very intertwined though.

    The huge-ized letters for example are almost causing nausea on a larger full screen. This stuff looks really odd. It's like writing in Word with the highest zoom factor. And it's all over the place (network screen, control panel, all the apps). And that's just one problem of the "design".

    If you truly like this more than its predecessor then your aesthetics are abormal (in the truest meaning of the word: not like the majority). In case you haven't noticed: Not a single "metro" product is successful. They all bombed, backlashed or are on life-support. Maybe this should tell MS something.

    It's a very devise UI with some hardcore fanboys, but the majority seems to dislike it and the stuff just never seems to catch on, no matter how pushed or how long. Such formulas ALWAYS bomb: Year of the Linux Desktop. It's rather ironic that the NuMicrosofties became the true successors of the freetards.