from the ten-percent-chance-of-hilarious dept
Since its launch, Windows 10 has received its fair share of criticism, mostly revolving around the very valid privacy concerns that the megalithic company has chosen to shrug off as mere noise from the peanut gallery. Now, I have more than one machine at home, and I have upgraded some of them and have chosen not to upgrade others. Because of this, I am victim of Microsoft’s quite regular insistence that I upgrade everything I own to Windows 10, which presents itself in the form of a popup. This popup tells me that Microsoft thinks it knows what I should do better than I do and offers me two glorious options: upgrade to 10 immediately or schedule the upgrade to run at a different time in the future. Closing the popup satisfies it…for a while. Then it pops up again, because there’s no option to tell Microsoft to boil its new operating system in water and screw off.
But what’s a minor annoyance for me can be something altogether different for others. Say, for instance, a live newscast just trying to give its viewers the weather.
Yes, the annoyance that is this popup gets the spotlight treatment on live television, successfully sending the weather forecast askew as it interrupts the broadcast. Is it a funny little occurrence? You betcha. Does meteorologist Metinka Slater deal with the whole thing in stride? Mostly, I guess. But it’s the obviously planned lack of options Microsoft’s request presents that should piss people off here.
As always the annoying window offered two choices — ‘Upgrade now’, or ‘Start download, upgrade later’. Slater wisely chose neither option and switched to another video source instead.
The point is that Microsoft’s bull-headed attempt to push its latest operating system on the public wouldn’t be so blatant if it simply allowed people, including newsrooms, to shut it the hell up. But that truly is probably asking too much.