Its Memorial Day weekend and while most of you are out in the park, having hot dogs, etc., I’m captivated with my new Microsoft Surface Book and how productive its making me. I may review it at some point in the future but for now the only problem I seem to have noticed with the hardware is the latch seems to lock and unlock repeatedly (when I press the button) – its not a very well-designed system. I don’t plan on using it as a tablet so I am not too concerned about this issue. What is annoying though is for a device which is supposed to get 11-12 hours of battery life, it seems to tell me I will get 7:30.
But what is even more upsetting is I found Candy Crush Soda Saga in my Task Manager but when I went to Programs and Features to get rid of it, it isn’t there. It turns out Microsoft decides to install apps you don’t want – so called crapware or bloatware.
Quite annoying. I had to hit the Windows Key and then All Apps, then right click to delete it.
This is the same thing Apple did with the U2 album on iPhones, frankly I can’t recall the name of the album and its not worth repeating it if I did. I’ve been trying to get rid of those songs for years. Somehow they keep coming back.
Microsoft and Apple often copy from one another – obviously, Apple leads the way in design and UI but if Redmond is looking for a good area to emulate, the U2 album fiasco isn’t where they should look.
Ironically Microsoft stores sell signature edition laptops without the bloatware – so the company is aware consumers prefer to download their own apps.
OK, rant over. Please go back to your picnics.
One other point – Flipboard is a great news reader and I think it adds to the OS. I also know the company’s founder Mike McCue – a great serial entrepreneur. But when a great app like this gets lumped in with games we don’t want it devalues the whole auto-download initiative.
Oh and this post showed up high on search engines as a way to stop the downloads from happening. It also mentions that Flipboard is auto-downloaded and I do have it installed and did not download it., I can’t vouch for the validity of this solution.