I built a new computer because my old one was ~10 years old, getting flaky, and slow. After a few hiccups it works fine, as near as I can tell. I have both Windows 10 (because they don’t sell Win7 any more, and I got a good deal on it) as well as dual-booting with Linux. In the interests of maintaining current on popular technology, and because I could not find my MS Office 2007 disks which I had installed on my old machine, I bought a license (again, a very good deal) for Office 2019.
So where’s the fraud?
They advertise WRT MS Office that you have complete control over your privacy, and loads of improved features. What they don’t tell you is that you can’t have both at once, chump.
Specifically, if you don’t enable the
install big brother and digitally rape my machine I mean “All Connected Experiences” option, then you don’t have even such basic features as HELP, for God’s sake. And, naturally, I cannot find a nice complete list of what sorts of things get tracked and shared with Microsoft when you sign up for the full experience; in this case, I’d strongly suspect that silence is evidence of mens rea.
Not being able to use something as basic as in-program “help” without having to reveal your digital full Monty also says that the product is totally broken, in that it will not be able to do much more than Wordpad, circa 1998, when you are in the woods and not connected to the inter-tubes. It’s totally crap-for-brains or evil-intent design broken. This isn’t even shitty H1B programming, though I’m sure I’ll find plenty of those, this is VP-from-the-top design-level fuck-the-customer stuff. So – no more MSFT for me. Ever. Unless there is a provable major alteration in corporate culture resulting from imprisonment, mass impalements and an auto-de-fete, or at the least truly epic levels of fines (epic, like, balance the US Federal budget and MSFT mass-lays off employee sized).
This is the opposite of “empowering” the customer. It’s enslaving them. Welcome to 1984, comrad, and NewSpeak, brought to you by the smiling Borg-faces at Microsquish.