A Microsoft pattern of fumbling the ball and then a touchdown
June 18, 2014 Leave a comment
OK. I’m beginning to see a pattern here with Microsoft. I am really wondering if they like to shoot themselves in the foot.
Everyone [unless you’ve been in a coma] knows that they went from the hugely popular Windows XP to the not so popular Windows Vista. They then fixed things by going to Windows 7 – only to bugger things up again with Windows 8. When Windows 8.1 was released, a few of the issues that made Windows 8 unlikable were removed.
But one change they made in Windows 8.1 pushed them backwards again.
You see, Microsoft is pushing Microsoft accounts in Windows 8.1. Yes, there are advantages as you can have certain settings transfer between computers and devices and of course OneDrive [formerly SkyDrive] helps as well.
But I think maybe they are pushing it a bit far.
For example, if you do use a login account, your data [documents, pictures] will sync with OneDrive – unless you disable it and that’s not in an easy place to find.
As well, you can use a non-Microsoft account to log into the laptop but you need to know where to “say no” [errrr…]. When you first get your [for example] laptop, there is an option to specify that you don’t have a Microsoft account but want to create one. If you click on that link there is an option [in smaller text] which says you can create a non-Microsoft account.
Then there is Windows Live Mail. It is fairly tied in with a Microsoft account. But if you don’t have a Microsoft account, it wants you to have one. No option if you want to use your ISP’s account.
But there is. If you are technical in Windows, you need to turn off a feature within the computer’s local group policies. Even with this setting it will only allow enterprise mail servers [such as Exchange Server!] or IMAP access. POP accounts are not allowed.
So if you are using an ISP mail, account, you need to find out if they accept IMAP [they may have directions]. If not, you will either have to use the full Microsoft Outlook client or a third party mail client.