MICROSOFT REMAINS convinced that it knows what's best for us as the deadline approaches for the end of the free upgrade to Windows 10, and has begun the process of scheduling updates to machines running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a specific date.
The latest pop-ups from nagware GMX include a set date and time for the update to happen unless you tell it otherwise.
It's bordering on the staggering that, after all the criticism that Microsoft has taken, not just from us, but from users and press alike, once again the 'we know what's best - you will update' tactic has come out to play.
Now, we fully acknowledge that there is control. You can reschedule or cancel the upgrade, and that is, in and of itself, a step forward.
But really, if people wanted to upgrade they would have done it by now and it makes Microsoft look at best needy and at worst evil.
The bit that tickles us in the screenshot sent to us by @IMEI21 is the disclaimer at the bottom which reads: 'This update will be automatically downloaded and installed based on your PCs settings.'
Oh right, so Microsoft is once again arbitrarily sending out downloads and passing the blame straight over to the user. Nice.
You'll also notice that there's a big thing about the option to roll back within 30 days. We're now at the stage where, if Microsoft is that determined, it could just say: 'We've upgraded you to Windows 10. You've got 30 days to change back' with no prior warning. It's about the only roll of the dice it has left.
The fact of the matter is that people who haven't upgraded by now probably just don't want to. Sorry, Microsoft. And the nagware approach is likely to strengthen their resolve.
What concerns us, though, is the fact that so many people don't understand the settings that allow them to opt in and out of updates. Microsoft is quite happy to tell people that they have full control, but less forthcoming on helping people take that control.
The one crumb of comfort is that this could be GMX's last stand. The company has already confirmed that it will be decommissioned when Windows 10 becomes a paid product in July.
However, a spokesperson still warned ominously that "it will take time to ramp it down".
Like arse it will. µ
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