How Microsoft Botched Windows 10


Windows 10 Store Search Broken

win10storeThe latest news on broken functionality in Windows 10 has recently come to light after a significant number of app developers protested that their apps cannot be readily located in the Windows 10 Store. Apparently, unless the user inputs the identical name of the app they are looking for into the search box, results are all over the place.

Leading the dev protest is Nikolaus Gebhardt, who has been writing apps since the early 2000s and is best known for a an open-source project called “Irrlicht”. Last week, Mr. Gebhardt grew so frustrated, he wrote a post called Why you should not develop apps for Windows 10 which went viral on Reddit:

Since Windows 10 arrived, the sales of all of my apps, which have been very low compared to other apps stores, have gone down significantly, nearly to zero (even the one I upgraded to Windows 10). And it is not surprising that this is the case: You cannot find my apps anywhere in the app store. Unless you know the exact name of my app, you won’t find it. You can type any of the keywords my apps have in their title, description or even in the list of keywords submitted to the store, and it won’t list my apps.

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Microsoft has since announced that it will be working on correcting the problem. Now, this issue is probably not going to adversely affect too many users, especially hardcore desktop users, but it is yet another symptom of Microsoft’s poor planning and implementation.

Considering the whole concept behind Win 10 is a unified platform – “One product family, One Platform, One Store” – surely the success of the Windows 10 Store is integral to that end. And, given that the success of the Windows 10 Store is entirely dependent upon developers submitting their apps, why on earth would Microsoft implement a system which makes them almost impossible to find?

Where are the Edge Extensions?

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Microsoft made a very similar blunder with its new Edge browser. The company has high hopes for Edge in the battle of the browsers and proudly announced (promised?) that Edge would include support for extensions, then released it without said support saying that it will come some 18 months down the track. Seriously!?

It’s becoming more and more apparent that Windows 10 was rushed out in a last ditch effort to grab a slice of the lucrative mobile market – we’ll just throw it out there and refine it as we go along. Long term, the plan may succeed, who knows, but surely it would been been in Microsoft’s best interests to make sure every feature was fully functional and properly supported before they released the new operating system? One thing for sure, it certainly would have been in the end users’ best interests. Here’s some news for you Microsoft; first impressions are important!


I like Windows 10, I really do, but if Microsoft is in any way serious about its ambition of taking on the world with this latest operating system, the company seriously needs to rethink its strategy (too late?). Who would have thought that when Microsoft sprouted about “Windows as a service” what they really meant was, near enough is good enough and we’ll fix it later.

 

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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