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Microsoft Tries Pushing/Imposing Their Office Suite on Edge Users (4% of the Web) in the Context Menu

Posted in Antitrust, Microsoft at 10:12 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Microsoft tries pushing their office suite on Edge users (4% of the web) in the context menu.

It’s possible that this is why they have a “Linux” and “Mac” version at all, and not just the Windows Vista SP 11 crapware that won’t take no for an answer.

Few people with a brain in their head would pay for Microsoft Office, much less a version that doesn’t even work if you have no Internet connection, or if the server goes down.

It has happened numerous times. One of my attorneys couldn’t even get documents I was sending her because Microsoft “365” was about as stable as Charles Manson.

It made her look incompetent.

Microsoft is positioning themselves as something they’re not. Even though it’s also foolish to rely on Google Docs, I can’t recall any substantial downtime.

Microsoft’s products hardly ever end up working out well, no matter what they are.

It has been this way forever. They even replaced 8 XBOX 360s under warranty for me alone. It got so ridiculous, that I sold #8, along with all of my games, and canceled my account. In fact, they kept billing me and I had to talk to the vice president of XBOX, “Major Nelson”, to cancel a subscription.

Many people put up with Windows because of the foot-in-the-door tactic of shoveling it on them like some sort of a cursed object with the purchase of their PC.

But all you get in the way of Microsoft Office is a stub that lets you spend hundreds of dollars of your hard earned money (in this economy!) when LibreOffice works on Windows, is compatible, and costs $0.

Many home users have little to no need of a full blown office suite, and those who do should really shop around, but I think LibreOffice is the best out there right now.

Nevertheless, with Microsoft’s market share with Edge being a blip despite even continuing to push it to their latest zombified unsupported OS, Windows 7, and Mac and Windows users that gawk at it like “WTF is this crap? LOL!”, they still manage to be a very nasty company to the people who run Edge.

It’s inappropriate to add spam and junk to a Web browser, or any program, which is why I gave up Firefox, which is going that route.

Richard Stallman called Ubuntu Unity (their former desktop environment) malware over an Amazon Shopping keylogger, very similar to what Firefox is pushing now.

Canonical even made the same arguments, that the evil was a means to an end, to fund their software development. Doesn’t matter. Unity is gone. Is anyone worse off for it? No. We were worse off, as a community, for their wasted effort on it.

I don’t think that GNOME Web is going to start trying to sell me Amazon products it thinks I might be typing in through my address bar anytime soon. Free and Open Source Software doesn’t work this way.

Someone would write a patch as soon as they got annoyed with it, and then share that patch, and that would be the end of it.

That’s exactly where the “LibreWolf-ing” of Firefox is heading.

As for Microsoft Edge, I mean, they are dumping resources into this godawful thing and getting all of the usual suspects to spam it for them, and for what ultimate purpose I am unsure, because from where I’m sitting, it’s hard to believe that short of banning all other browsers on Windows entirely, from even running, that they could pick up any serious traction with this turd.

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