MICROSOFT HAS performed a spectacular U-turn on its latest dirty trick to encourage people to upgrade to Windows 10 against their will.
Earlier this week we reported that the behaviour of the 'X' button on nag screens, which previously meant 'Go away and leave me alone, you nightmare folk of Redmond', had been changed to 'I hear what you are saying to me, and I accept you as my new master'.
Microsoft has now responded to "customer feedback" and agreed to change the behaviour of the 'X' button back to the more 'piss off' tone that we all know and love.
The BBC was told: "We've added another notification that confirms the time of the scheduled upgrade and provides the customer an additional opportunity for cancelling or rescheduling the upgrade."
Which isn't even grammatically correct. Ugh.
We've spoken many times about Microsoft's dirty tricks during the past year which started with the uninvited downloading of Windows 10 onto machines to (ahem) "provide a smoother upload experience".
But whereas a lot of these methods could be dismissed as naive (stupid), this latest change went against the behaviour of every pop-up button that has gone before it and showed up the Windows 10 Upgrade system for what it is: a nasty piece of adware from the very people you should be able to trust.
But Microsoft still hasn't completely made things "transparent", a word it has used repeatedly during its dealings with us. There's no option that says 'I don't want Windows 10. I never want Windows 10. Unless I change my mind, leave me a-fucking-lone, you're not my real mum'.
We're not saying Microsoft's behaviour is inexplicable. It's completely explicable. The firm is desperate for people to upgrade. It is still so entrenched in its own cult-like internal belief that it acts in everyone's best interests and, most of all (and we can't stress this enough), it thinks people are stupid and that it can get away with this sort of thing.
Windows 10's free upgrade period expires on 29 July with an 'Anniversary upgrade', after which the software will cost $120 and Windows 7 and 8 users will be left alone, or possibly excommunicated, as the Microsoft virus is depreciated.
In the meantime, it looks like the company is trying every last trick in the book. µ
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