Microsoft's money pit.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by OCOTILLO, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. OCOTILLO macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Have you ever wondered what the cost is to MS of all the security flaws in Windows? How many MS employees are dedicated to developing security patches? How much of the MS public relations budget is spent trying to make Windows look good? What is the effect on the morale of MS employees in the face of all the criticism heaped on Windows?
    I am sure these costs make up a significant portion of the price paid by computer manufacturers for Windows installed on their systems. Which of course means that in addition to the frustrations faced by Windows users, they have to pay for the "privilege".
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    MS only hires illiterate deaf mutes.. so no worries there to morale.
  3. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

    windows bites, nothing new there.

    I wonder how long the public will accept such a sloppy yet dominant product..
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    They've gone this far.. why stop now? Vista will be a major improvement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!11!!1111oneoneone
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Microsoft are brilliant, in an evil way. Normally, a company would have to budget for completing, testing, and revising a product before it ships. Then they have to include a contingency item in their budgeting for the risk associated with warranty repairs and failures.

    Microsoft has turned the equation on its head -- they have pushed virtually all of the cost of warranty repair and defect remediation onto their customers . This means that the incentive for testing and perfecting a product before shipping is removed -- there is no longer a disincentive for shipping a faulty product.

    The cost of posting a patch on a server is miniscule compared with the (let's say) 100 million people who will have to download and install it at their expense - thumbnail calculation -- 100 million times 10 minutes at minimum wage = $83 million dollars per patch moved from Microsoft's expense ledger to their customers'.

    And then, Microsoft ropes their customers into ongoing upgrades -- again which the customers have to self install and troubleshoot.

    Brilliant. Hand all the costs of the problems to your customer, and then make them pay for the priviledge.

    Can you imagine an elevator company operating this way.

    "Your building came installed with the OEM version of Up-Down 3.1. In order to access advanced tech support, please pay $$. Thank you, you have been placed in a priority queue....

    Now, to address your problem of the doors not opening, please order our Doors.DLL patch, it is free, however shipping is your responsibility and instructions are provided for self installation...."


    "Please enter your customer authorization code....

    Unfortunately the Doors.DLL patch only works with the improved Up-Down 2004 system. Up-Down 3.1 has been discontinued, and the 12 month sunset clause is over, we no longer offer support for Up-Down 3.1 Please purchase the upgrade to Up-Down 2004, deinstall your existing elevators, and completely replace them with Up-Down 2004. This will require replacing your building's electrical system, as the recommended power requirements for Up-Down 2004 have been changed.

    If you had referred to the Minimum System Requirements disclosed on our website, Up-Down 2004 requires a minimum of 512 square feet of shaft, therefore clients with buildings constructed before 2001 will have to tear down and pour new foundations.

    We expect that Service Pack 2 of Up-Down 2004 will be released in early 2006, this will have many added features such as: Interior lights, carpets, and the option to close the doors again afther they have been opened more than once.

    Thank you for your interest in Microsoft Levitation Systems."
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    God DAMNIT, I JUST installed Up-Down 3.1!! Mother****ers...
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    A great analogy CanadaRAM! :)
  8. Roger1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2002
    That's what you get for buying it at the used elevator show.
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    My elevator got a virus and it sneezed on me. I'd get the Apple eLevator but it only goes up. :eek:
  10. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    well it really doesn't matter, because MS makes all their money from support, so they actually profit from all these problems. This includes everything from support, selling education like MSCE, and selling products to deploy patches.
  11. devman macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Nicely done CanadaRAM. You've left though all the illegal and totally unethical ways they bullied others out of the market, influenced opinion (astroturfing, etc.), lied and so on. But good job nonetheless.

    Time to drag out the Douglas Adams quote again.


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