Microsoft strikes again...

Discussion in 'Windows Live Messenger' started by Mike Tomlinson, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Fucking Microsoft. How I hate thee and thy works.

    I correspond daily with a friend in Spain using what was MSN Messenger,
    now Windows Live Messenger. I'm teaching him English and he is teaching
    me Spanish. As part of this we occasionally send each other links to
    items of interest on the web. Those links appear in the conversation
    window as blue clickable hyperlinks which open in a browser.

    So far, so good.

    Today those links stopped working in that they no longer appear in the
    conversation window as hyperlinks, just plain text.

    Checked the options: "Allow links in conversation window" is checked,
    OK. Restart Messenger, nada. Restart Windows, nada. Check Windows
    Live Help using a variety of search terms such as "broken links" etc.,
    nada.

    Resort to Google and I find this:

    <http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2010/11/1
    2/security-alert-active-links-in-messenger-2009-temporarily-turned-off-
    to-prevent-a-malicious-worm.aspx>

    So M$ has taken it upon themselves to deliberately break a feature in
    their bug-ridden, vuln-strewn crapware WITHOUT WARNING THEIR FUCKING
    USERS OR PUTTING ANYTHING RELEVANT IN THE FUCKING ONLINE HELP!

    What planet are those people on?

    Microsoft, may you and all your employees' 'nads turn black and drop
    off. I hate each and every one of you. Thank Christ I don't work on a
    Windows helldesk.
     
    Mike Tomlinson, Nov 18, 2010
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  2. Which is soooo much easier

    Well, another "feature" linux users will be missing, I am sure
     
    Peter Köhlmann, Nov 18, 2010
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  3. Mike Tomlinson pulled this Usenet face plant:
    From a commentor at that link:

    Everyone stop using really old Windows XP and switch to Windows 7! Then
    you can use the safest and latest version of Messenger - Windows Live
    Messenger 2011!

    and

    PS: I use Windows 7 and still use 2009 because it's far better (I forgot
    this in my last post)

    and

    I get the reasoning behind this move and i appreciate it as an MSN user.
    But let me explain why i dislike what you just did. I use the 2009
    version due to being more user friendly and easier to use. . . .
    So let me ask you this, if you read what i just wrote, why should i still
    be interested to staying a loyal MSN user when everything i use it for,
    has just been turned off?
     
    Chris Ahlstrom, Nov 18, 2010
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  4. That's not the point I was making, but you knew that anyway.

    Microsoft withdrew a useful feature in their software without any prior
    warning and without putting any useful information in the Help pages for
    those searching for an answer. The only resource I could find regarding
    this was a posting on the Windows Team blog and that was via a competing
    search engine. That shows total contempt for their users.

    I don't know about others, but I for one don't expect to have to
    slavishly follow the vapid witterings of the blogosphere to find out
    about material changes to the software I am using.

    With the likes of Microsoft and Google strongly encouraging us to
    entrust our data to "the cloud", dare we trust firms like them with the
    security and privacy of our personal data, when they can withdraw
    features at their whim?

    Microsoft has already demonstrated without doubt that they don't have
    the first fucking clue about writing secure software, otherwise they
    wouldn't have had to hurriedly remove the hyperlink feature from Live
    Messenger.
     
    Mike Tomlinson, Nov 18, 2010
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    Erik_jan Guest

    Mike Tomlinson had de volgende lumineuze gedachte op 18-11-10 13:21:
    This seems normal for MS. Look at what it did with MSWorks! The
    so-called "Millenium Editon" (version 5) was severely crippled compared
    to version 4. With mail-merge the formatting of numbers in the database
    or spreadsheet was no longer carried over to the letters sent. Fast
    formatting was also removed. What we got instead, was a useless toy, a
    "wizard" to help us make fancy letters. There were many complaints in
    the newsgroup, but MS did not care. When in version 8.5 the word art and
    drawing features were removed "for security reasons" instead of updated
    to 32-bits without warning, I did away with Works. I installed
    MandrakeLinux with Openoffice and never looked back to anything
    Microsoft or Windows. You must not forget that endusers are not MS
    customers. The OEMs are. What we think or need does not matte to MS.

    Greetings

    Erik Jan
     
    Erik_jan, Nov 18, 2010
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  6. Nice one. :) We use Linux exclusively in our uni department, and QNX
    for real-time process control. For my sins, I still use Windows at
    home, only 'cos it does what I want. I'm not interested in OS advocacy,
    just choosing the best tool for the job.
    Indeed. Hadn't thought of it like that.
     
    Mike Tomlinson, Nov 18, 2010
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  7. [snip a beautiful indictment of Microsoft - articulated much better than
    I ever could have done. Thank you]
    Not that I do say in another post that I believe in choosing the tool
    for the job. ToyOS, aka Windows, does what I want it to do at home,
    which is mostly surf the net and play the odd game, and...
    I have been doing so since the days of Windows 3.0. I'd rather not be
    reminded of the pain, thanks.
    .... I/we do use Linux and OS X at work. Definitely a Windows-free zone
    (except for the admins, who need to connect to the uni's back office
    systems, and for the one solitary Winbox needed to program a PLC
    controller).
    I did, and we did :) We transited from DEC OSF/1 to Tru64 UNIX on
    Alphas, to Linux on PCs. We also use QNX for real-time process control.

    One of the Linux boxen that I admin is getting close to a 1000-day
    uptime (no, it's not visible from the internet for those about to pounce
    and say it should be patched.) Try that with Windows!
    See above.

    Perhaps you didn't realise that I just needed to rant? :)
     
    Mike Tomlinson, Nov 18, 2010
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    sctvguy1 Guest

    Then dump Windows and go to another OS! If it caused me so much agina, I
    would switch instead of bitching in a public forum. Vote with your
    money, get something else.
     
    sctvguy1, Nov 18, 2010
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  9. .... Rex Ballard @ 2010-11-18 15:35 >
    Wow, I'd buy the book
     
    Manfred Oppitz, Nov 18, 2010
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  10. sctvguy1 pulled this Usenet face plant:
    Oops -------------------------------------------------------------^

    --
    Of all the words of witch's doom
    There's none so bad as which and whom.
    The man who kills both which and whom
    Will be enshrined in our Who's Whom.
    -- Fletcher Knebel
     
    Chris Ahlstrom, Nov 19, 2010
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  11. Mike Tomlinson

    Paul Martin Guest

    XChat: right click on URL, select "Open link in browser".

    Simples!
     
    Paul Martin, Nov 19, 2010
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  12. Mike Tomlinson

    Steve Walker Guest

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....
     
    Steve Walker, Nov 21, 2010
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