Ok. So it has come to my attention that Microsoft has their new “Signature” program. This allows consumers to buy computers made by other manufacturers (i.e. Dell, HP etc…) from their store WITHOUT the third party software that those companies install which we all know slows your computer down immensely. There are two ways that this can be done (through Microsoft), the first is to buy the PC from them exclusively and the second is to bring your computer to one of their Microsoft stores and pay a whopping $99 for them to clean off all that excess third party and advertising software.
I don’t want to downplay the intelligence of the average Joe so, if you take offense to this next statement, I sincerely apologize.… How STUPID does Microsoft think we are? Granted, Microsoft has a very nice piece of software in Windows 7 but, REALLY?!? Is a fresh installation, free of “crapware”, worth the premium paid to the same company that sold Windows to Dell, HP and the like? Those of us who have been in the computer industry for a while know how smoothly and how much faster your Windows 7 machine will run when free of the “improvements” and exclusive “featured software bundles” and I think the general public is catching on.
So why now, Microsoft? Is this a way to try to create an “Apple-esque” proprietary appeal or are you just trying to yank one more job out of the hands of the average IT professional’s hands? I’m not sure what the industry average is, but I can say that you can get the same “clean-up” job Microsoft is offering for $99 “only at their retail locations” from Kustom Machines and Connections for $25! My opinion is S-I-G-N-A-T-U-R-E is an awful, strange way to spell scam!
But that’s just my opinion.
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