This is an interesting article, but it still addresses the overall cosmetic flaws with Windows. Windows has had much more fundamental flaws since the days of Windows 3.11 that still go unfixed. I’ll list a few of them here. These flaws prevent me from ever using Windows again as my main personal operating system and if you knew better, you’d feel the same way.
- File system events do not work properly.
- The concept of application installations (and all the garbage that comes with it – DLL’s and the like) is completely broken.
- The concept of drivers, both signed and unsigned, is broken.
- Windows does a really shitty job at supporting standards (calendaring, email, instant messaging… I’m looking at you).
- NTFS needs to advance beyond its current incarnation. (To be fair, HFS+ does too).
- Windows is far, far too fat. It used to be bloated before. Now it’s just ridiculous.
Now let’s look at some of the more recent destruction with Windows that really takes this to a whole new level. Here I’ll rope in some other items that really irritate me.
- Office 2013 is really, really broken. The file formats issue was a real problem in Office 2010. Now it’s just a disaster. The amount of people calling me because documents do not open in different versions of Office is absolutely ridiculous.
- The Office server ecosystem is in a state that requires your entire enterprise to move to the same versions/releases of Office and servers all at once to support full functionality. I have yet to meet a single enterprise (Microsoft’s own included!) that can support this type of migration and arrangement. This isn’t realistic and I don’t understand why Microsoft continues to shrug it off.
- The Microsoft account ecosystem is a disaster. Have you tried telling Office 2013 that you have an Office 365 account AND a Microsoft account? Good luck with that.
- On the server side, it’s way… WAY too hard and time consuming to actually implement functionality. The amount of knobs and switches you have to tweak to make something work on EVERY server is insane.
I continue to be baffled as to why anyone puts up with this… or spend money on it.