Microsoft and Its Annoying, Costly Upgrades

I’ve about had it with Microsoft and the so-called upgrades of its operating systems and applications. Not once have I been able to perceive any benefit. But there has been precious time lost and aggravation. Out comes an upgrade and suddenly I am unable to perform functions that I have long performed. Moreover, it is not easy to find the new procedures for performing these functions.

The impacts of these upgrades on business, government, and organizations are pernicious. Time is money and the inability to perform long used functions, and the need to learn new ways of performing these long practiced functions are costly in addition to being extremely aggravating. In psychology we would call this an A-B, A-C negative transfer paradigm. Yet business, government, organizations, and individuals continue to suffer in silence. It’s outrageous.

When buying a new computer it should not come with a pre-installed operating system. The purchaser should be offered a choice of operating systems, and older versions of software should still be able to run on new operating systems. The same requirements are needed for applications. As for applications, I’ve found the offerings at http://www.openoffice.org to be superior to those of Microsoft. Moreover, they are free, although it is in our own interest to offer support. I believe that Firefox is regarded as a superior browser. Mozilla also has an email program, Thunderbird. If you have not yet done so, I encourage you to visit their website at www.mozilla.org. Businesses, governments, and other organizations should also avail themselves of these options.

Even if upgrades are needed from a systems perspective, the interface that confronts the user should remain as identical as possible. The Dvorak keyboard is known to be superior to the standard QWERTY keyboard, yet there has been a wise decision made not to convert whole scale to the Dvorak keyboard. A similar attitude needs to maintain with respect to the interfaces of operation systems and applications.

Software companies should be required to support all versions of their products or be subject to fines and lawsuits. As you have already ascertained, I regard most upgrades as ripoffs, impure and complex.

Should we march on Washington, D.C., or the Microsoft Campus in the state of Washington? I am not suggesting that we carry torches and pitchforks as if we were attacking Dr. Frankenstein‘s castle, tempting as that might be. But orderly demonstrations would be in order. To quote from the movie, Network, “We’re as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore!”

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