About time Microsoft!

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One of the Microsoft ‘fanboys’ main complaints about the world of Apple products and software is that it is a very ‘closed’ system. Apple maintain very close control over what people can run on their Macs, this is arguably why there are no significant virus issues on Macs (and why the average Mac user is so smug!)

Microsoft have therefore in many people’s view been part of the problem with current virus and trojan issues – IE6 has been ‘full of holes’ for years but is still one of the main browsers used around the world. Also the people who use it are mostly going to be the ones who don’t have sufficient security on their PC’s thereby allowing remote control or access by ‘bad people’.

Microsoft have acknowledged that IE6 is a nail for a while but have done nothing more than ‘suggest’ people upgrade!

Well finally they are going to act and actually update people’s machines without their consent! Not quite true as you will be able to opt out (not sure why you would) but if you have auto update activated (and everyone should) it will push either IE8 to XP users or IE7 to Vista and Windows7 users.

Perhaps this will finally start to make the job of the spammers more difficult – and perhaps Microsoft are finally discovering that Steve Jobs was correct all those years ago when he fell out with Bill Gates – control is good!


4 thoughts on “About time Microsoft!

    Richard Baker said:
    December 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

    As a PC victim, I effectively got bumped up to a new version of IE a couple of weeks ago because Google kept nagging that gmail functionality was compromised by the older browser I was using. Now it’s me that’s compromised – the new browser drops favourites on the right rather than the left, and though you can pin them in the normal place for a session there doesn’t apepar to be a way of shifting it to the right permanently. Similarly, tool bar functions are harder to find.
    As for gmail…you wont be surprised to hear that the new interface feels like a half-cooked beta version and looks like something cooked up in a school IT lesson.
    Why can’t Microsoft and Google make things simple?

      Simon Dare responded:
      December 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Before my colleague Mr Garratt jumps in I will make his comment for him – get a Mac!

      Seriously though, there does appear to be a lack of understanding in the ‘main stream’ as to what the public actually want from systems. Microsoft to be fair have got better of recent years – Windows 7 is not bad (mainly as it is getting closer to Apple in feel). The down side of course is that looks are not everything – it needs to work smoothly as well – something Microsoft nearly always fall down on!

      Google I just don’t get at the moment, their designs and general ideas are just too far out from what people appear to want. You can’t reinvent the wheel, but Google keep trying!

      It is costly, but Mac is the way forward without doubt in my opinion.

    Richard Baker said:
    December 19, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’m ahead of you, there Simon – I’ve used Tim MacGarratt’s Xmas Pressie blogs to float the idea of an iPad for my birthday next month. Who knows, if I’m a good boy…

      Simon Dare responded:
      December 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Excellent thinking – would he get a discount on two? I have a Birthday next month as well!

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