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Microsoft love/hate questionaire

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    mrshrinkray

    I'm not some wierdy beardy anti-Microsoft Linux/Firefox zealot who preaches open source and the way of GNU. I like the company however Microsoft has made some real blunders in the past and I thought why not make a thread dedicated to these blunders and successes. Great idea on a MS techie site! Simple, list the stuff you like, stuff you dislike. No reasons required.Here's a few to start off:

    Things I like
    SQL Server
    MSDN
    Visual Studio
    C#/.NET
    MSN Messenger
    Terminal Services/RDP

    Things I dislike

    Setting the IE homepage to msn.com
    Tying Media Player in with msn.com
    Indexing service
    MMC
    COM
    MSN
    Exchange server

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    Manip

    You don't like COM? ... Wow...

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    ShakesPeer

    Love:

    Channel 9
    WPF
    XAML
    Anything Office
    pivot tables
    configuring .INI files

    Hate:

    COM
    WinG
    BSOD

    Will,
    MVP

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    C_Guy

    Hi everyone, this is my first post.


    Love:
    Founder, Bill Gates (A generous man and a brilliant visionary!)
    Windows, especially 98 and XP
    Internet Explorer (Always has been the best in my opinion)
    Office, especially Word, Outlook, and Rocky the Office Assistant
    XBOX and XBOX 360
    Live
    Hardware including Digital Sound System 80 (Old now but in its day it was awesome!)
    Certification program
    Microsoft Update



    Love Not-so-much:
    MSN Messenger (Not so much the program but the culture it has defined)
    MSN Search
    MSN Explorer
    The confusion of what .Net and passports was
    Over-protectiveness of Vista and IE 6SP2, IE 7
    Live One Care (Partly because it's only for US customers and partly because its too over-protective)
    The idea of subscription-based software

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    serishema

    Things I like
    * Visual Studio - so much better than trying to debug with gdb
    C# programming language, not too lowlevel, not too high level, just right.
    *The CLR especially how neat the MSIL instruction set is with no more instructions than you really need. There's only about 30 or so.
    *OneNote
    *The NT 5.x kernels - pretty much rock solid stability
    *ASP .NET - let's me transfer my C# programming skills to making a  website even though i can't make [non ASP] websites.
    *Open MP support in visual C++
    *Server Core
    *Direct X  / XNA
    *Smartphone

    Things I don't like
    * FAT32 - it wasn't designed it was an accident which made trying to impliment it for a toy os project hard.
    * Windows 9x - unstable garbage that blue screened everytime i made a pointer related mistake when i was first learning to program in C.
    * How asp .NET compiles web apps from the source .cs or .vb file into memory for every execution of the code behind file making IIS virtually unusable on old slow computers that would be fine running Apache.
    * Unrealistic seperation of roles between home and bussiness computing. Especially with respect to self employed students, it becomes a licensing nightmare.
    *That it took this long to come up with server core.
    *Artifically requiring the newist version of windows. Eg direct X SDKs not working any more on windows 2000.

    Thinks I hate
    * no native CVS support in visual studio
    * How accidentally revoking write permission to c:\pagefile.sys forces you to reinstall windows.
    * The disparity between having excellent technology but sometimes questionable bussiness and marketing practises.

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    Cybermagell​an

    mrshrinkray wrote:
    list the stuff you like, stuff you dislike. No reasons required.Here's a few to start off:


    Things I like
    Visual Studio 2005
    Double Clicking to install a program
    Getting applications for one OS
    The "start" button
    Knowing what hardware is connecting
    Microsoft Office 2007


    Things I dislike

    Setting the IE homepage to msn.com
    MSN Explorer
    Outlook Express
    Lack of official themes
    Microsoft Movie Maker

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    maniac78

    Things I like:

    MSDN
    Visual Studio
    C#
    Windows XP
    Sql Server
    COM/COM+ (only one here apparently:)
    IE
    Xbox
    Office
    Biztalk
    RDP

    Things I dislike:
    The stupid names. The codenames are always better.
    hotmail spam
    Crippled XP IIS (especially annoying when developing Biztalk solutions)
    MSDN search
    Biztalk 2004 documentation team (was there one?)
    VB
    Pessimistic source code locking

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    Zaki

    Like

    • Managed DirectX
    • Terminal services and Remote Assistance
    • Active Directory and GPO
    • Windows 2003
    • MSN Messenger/WLM
    • VS 2005 Express editions
    • Windows Mobile
    • C#/.NET
    • WinFS (if/when it takes off)

    Dislike
    • Activation-mania
    • US-only-itis
    • MSDN search
    • ActiveSync
    • C++.NET
    • Passport anomalies (LiveID seems much nicer though, we'll see)
    • IE7 RSS implementation
    • WMP Library lack of drag&drop?
    • Certification system (MCP)

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    Tensor

    Like:
    VS 2005 most of the time.
    .NET
    Mobile devices.

    Dont Like:
    VS 2005 crashes.
    ActiveSync.

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    Chadk

    Like:
    .NET!
    Vista
    WinFx
    Vs2005
    Libraries
    C#
    Server stuff
    Mobile stuff
    Anything that says "New"
    The new features in C# 3.0

    Dont like such much, but dont hate:
    Manipulating a UI, from code.

    Hate:
    BSOD
    MSN
    The fact that IE sets MSN as default homepage.

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    Sabot

    Likes

    Channel 9
    Eileen Brown
    Steve Cook
    Supporting the community
    Web Services (and the WS-I)
    Kevin Li (Our new Account Manager)
    Object Thinking Book
    Software Factories
    The Architecture resources (long may it continue!)
    Employing cool 9'ers
    SQL Server 2005 (all is forgiven about SQL 2000 being left so long)
    Visual Studio 2005 (VB.Net is very good now)
    Office 2007 (I really like the new toolbars!)


    Dislikes

    Still way to USA-Centric ! Most of your customers Microsoft aren't American.
    The new MSDN licencing model (I hate this with a passion!)
    ActiveSync not being backward compatible
    Cheesie image, lost it's coolness.
    More RSS feeds !!! Some Microsoft sites still don't have them.
    MSDN Search, Microsoft site Search, support site search ... still better off using Google!
    On10 !!!! (RocketBoom is still the one for me!)


    Not bothered about

    Beating Google
    Beating IBM
    Beating Linux
    DRM
    Subscription Services


    Must do's !

    Get environmentally friendly now!

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    cheong

    Talking about FAT32, anyone have idea whether Microsoft will make NTFS implementation public?

    I think they're pushing embedded hardware (such as Digital cameras?) that " firmware writers who cares to NOT use FAT32 but not using any embedded version of Windows" to switch to ext3fs.

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    cain

    Love:
    .NET
    Avalon
    C#
    Channel 9
    DirectX 10
    Exchange 2007
    Express Editions
    General willingness to give really cool stuff to developers for free
    LinQ
    Longhorn Server
    Lots of Bloggers with great info
    MSDN Academic Alliance
    Office 2007 in general
    OneNote
    PDC
    PowerShell
    TechEd
    The fact that so much useful information, videos, etc. is available online for free soon after the conferences
    Vista
    Visual Studio 2005
    Windows Media Player 11
    WinFS
    XNA

    Hate:
    That a lot of their websites still don't work properly in Firefox (I don't hate IE, but I'm not yet ready to switch back).
    That even though they're capable of doing some really amazing stuff, they still manage to totally stuff up the simple things sometimes.
    USA only - itis

    I can't say I hate any of their products, but I do hate the fact that I so often get frustrated with one small part of one of their products that might otherwise be great.

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