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William Kempf wkempf
  • Lenovo and Crapware (or worse)

    @figuerres: That's why my suggestion was to just make it easy to install a clean OS. The OEM can still install their crap (one would hope that market pressure gets them to stop doing that, but...), but the consumer at least has a way to ensure their machine isn't bloated with crapware, or worse, infected with malware. That's a "fix" that Microsoft most certainly CAN do.

  • Lenovo and Crapware (or worse)

    @magicalclick: You're opinion there is in the minority. Most people regard Lenovo as one of the best PC makers. I've never owned one, so I'm not talking personally, but it takes very little research to see how well regarded Lenovo PCs are.

    In any case, you're still entirely missing the point. As long as there are OEMs, and Microsoft has publicly stated they want the OEMs, then OEMs installing crapware (or in this case, malware) is a Microsoft problem. They must address it.

  • Lenovo and Crapware (or worse)

    @magicalclick: It's a Microsoft problem. As has been stated over and over again, the customer blames Microsoft for this, not the OEM. Whether that's fair or not doesn't matter, it's reality.

  • Lenovo and Crapware (or worse)

    @magicalclick: That doesn't solve anything. Most users are not even aware of Signature PCs. Those that are might not have access to a Microsoft Store. Microsoft is not ready or able to support being the only distributer of PCs. So, this "solution" is only a solution to a handful of people... those that are already avoiding crapware laden new PCs anyway.

  • Lenovo and Crapware (or worse)

    We all hate crapware laden PCs, and have said as much on here in numerous times in the past. Well, Lenovo just brought this to an extreme that needs addressing, since they not only include crapware, but also very serious malware. http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/02/lenovo-pcs-ship-with-man-in-the-middle-adware-that-breaks-https-connections/

    Microsoft has got to do something about this. Signature PCs are great, but when the PC doesn't come from Microsoft it's a little hard to trust even a Signature PC doesn't include software it shouldn't. :( Besides, the OEMs have not and seemingly will not embrace the Signature PC.

    What Microsoft should do, is make it EXTREMELY easy to wipe the OEM installed OS and install a "Signature" version of the same OS SKU obtained directly from Microsoft. No Activation Code headaches necessary (the "Signature" version can obtain the code from the installed OS before wiping it, and do everything necessary to activate during the installation of the clean OS). The trickiest part here is dealing with drivers, but if Microsoft were to require that drivers be certified and signed, then this "Signature" reset concept could copy the drivers before installation as well.

    I know there's ways to do this yourself today. Paul Thurrott blogged about it recently. But this procedure is just way to complex for the average user.

  • What is the purpose of BUILD?

    @printdriverdev: I'm sorry, but from Microsoft's perspective the media most certainly is in the preferential group. In fact, they might be higher than most developers. In any case, the number of media members attending is extremely small in comparison to the overall number attending.

    Any one in the media who reports strictly from what you can see in the streams is not someone you should trust in the media. The media has to be able to get clarification on things. Granted, there's ways you could watch the stream and then communicate with Microsoft in some other way before reporting, but that's not efficient for either the media or Microsoft.

    I doubt there's many companies that send more than a very few people. It's awfully expensive to send someone, so one or two representatives is likely all most companies send.

  • What is the purpose of BUILD?

    The only people who attend Build, or any other developer focused conference, are exactly the people who'd be in the "preferential treatment" category you want. So, if such a "pre-sale eligible" category existed, there'd be no change to who attends or how quickly they sell out, and you'd be in the same place with the same complaints.

  • Hololens ideas.

    A developers machine. We like multiple monitors... this could provide you basically an unlimited number of monitors of varying sizes. Of course, I'm speculating on the resolution of the virtual images here, but the potential is there.

    For the less geeky, any size TV anywhere you want it. With head phones everyone in the family could be watching their own shows without interfering with anyone else. Doesn't have to be that personal... you and your wife could be watching the same show (even one you'd normally not watch with the kiddies around) while the kids watch their cartoons.

    Want to paint a room? See what it will look like in any color prior to painting. Heck, we're not to far from the SciFi realization where reality is there's blank white walls, plumbing visible everywhere, but everyone sees a pristine room in whatever colors they prefer. I doubt anyone would pay money for this purpose, but when you've bought a device for the other purposes mentioned, why would you not do this?

  • First Event - Need help

    All day every day. Usually schedules aren't available until the very last minute, which is why you're unable to tell right now. But the event really has no "down time". You *may* have an hour or two where you're just not interested in any of the sessions, but that's never happened for me. :)

  • background checkers

    What in the heck are you talking about?