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    Today’s edition of things that annoy me in Microsoftland: Whom did you get your feedback from? Peter Deegan writes on Microsoft’s latest huh move. In
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    Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #2442385

      Susan,

      Not quite sure why you say it doesn’t apply to Home Users?

      Enterprise-Channel

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #2442393

      Susan, I have a question about blocking the new Search Highlights “feature” that comes with the April CU. You describe two ways to block it – 1) via a right-click on the Taskbar and 2) via a Registry key. You suggest using the Registry-key method in order to make it resistant to getting turned back on in some later update.

      I haven’t installed the April CUs yet, but I understand that you can use the Group Policy Editor in Win Pro to locate Edit group policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow search highlights and then set it to Disabled to block this new “feature”. Will the GP-Editor method work, too, to make it “stick”?

    • #2442399

      There’s a particular Office 365 sku sold to consumers that only does monthly channel

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

    • #2442457

      Sounds to me like they want more involuntary beta testers.

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    • #2442562

      I added the key via the (click here you created susan on my personal pc. I doubt there is no harm by adding it. And my pc is small potatoes compared to others. But i do despise added features without my consent. Thank you

    • #2442566

      My Microsoft 365 Admin center didn’t have the option under the notification bell.  It was found under:

      Microsoft 365 Admin Center > Settings > Org Settings > Services > Office Installation Options > Feature Updates

      In the event anyone else was looking for it (in all the wrong places…)

      Casey

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      Tone-deaf: Microsoft reminds people of the great job it did of building Start in Windows 11

      Earlier today, Microsoft sent an email to all Windows Insiders with the subject line “How we built Start” under the heading “Learn what’s coming next”. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was new information on some changes happening to Start ahead of Windows 11 version 22H2 release, but no, it linked to a short video originally posted on June 2021, that’s before most people in the world had even experienced Windows 11 for themselves.

      In the video, we see several Microsoft employees talking about how they decided the new Start would work in Windows 11, while Ashley, one of the User Researchers says:

      “It’s really easy to design something that you [meaning herself] like, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work well for everyone”.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTaEJOhFRoE

      One has to wonder why Microsoft decided to toot its own horn over a year old video on the design of the Start menu when there was so much pushback over it. It just goes to show that the company is tone-deaf when it comes to listening to some of its most ardent users. And it’s not like we’re just learning about this problem, Microsoft has shown contempt for Windows Insiders before, dismissing the idea that the Taskbar should be able to be moved, or that their design team prefers to focus on desktop stickers rather than of fix the many UI inconsistencies in Windows…

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      Whom did you get your feedback from?

      I’m convinced that Microsoft frequently uses their claims of user feedback as a dodge to justify whatever they are they are trying to promote that’s getting public pushback on.  There may be occasions that that’s true, but when that kind of justification turns up, we rarely see anything publicly that indicates that anybody is truly demanding the things they say that their feedback indicates.

      To me, that’s not really any different than the old claim from Usenet discussions where somebody claims that “the lurkers agree with me in private mail”.

      By my observation, most of those kinds of changes tend to be in the realm of where they predominantly serve Microsoft’s needs, rather than necessarily anything really compelling for users (even Enterprise users).

      Although not unheard of, it’s pretty rare that user feedback does much to get Microsoft to backtrack on stuff that they’ve decided is essential.

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        Alternatively they get feedback from a narrow segment.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #2442851

      Whom did you get your feedback from?

      MS does not get feedback from anyone. MS has become a culture of lazy people that want to make profit over anything else. if you look at the feedback on Insider forums, you will see that MS has done none of it. MS is drive customers away for it and keep only the rich people that have money to back pay MS to turn things on or off or change things back. Just like businesses and government  are pay MS, huge amounts to keep Windows Xp alive. MS has a huge money cow from Windows Xp that many think is EOL  but it is not. It is still alive and used in businesses and government all over.

    • #2442891

      MS is drive customers away for it and keep only the rich people

      You can’t have both, rich people are just as fussy as poor people – possibly more fussy because they can afford to be.

      businesses and government  are pay MS, huge amounts to keep Windows Xp alive

      Where? How?
      Windows 7 has paid support, but that is ending.

      cheers, Paul

    • #2443212

      Where? How? Windows 7 has paid support, but that is ending.

      MS provides this support for Windows Xp for any organization that pays over $1 million for every year in 5 years support period (over $5 million need to be paid up front). Currently several of them end in 2024 and this time MS is asking almost a 45% increase for each windows Xp with extended support for next 5 years.

    • #2443360

      this time MS is asking almost a 45% increase for each windows Xp

      You must have less computers than us. MS is raising our cost bv a 50% from last contract. MS is telling us that need to pay $9 million before second quarter of 2023 if we want to get the extended support in 2024. MS is claiming that need time to work on getting Edge to work on Windows Xp and need payment now. It was the same when they got IE11 to work on Windows Xp after paying them their fee. Company will pay since we have no other options. We need Xp.

      • #2443517

        We need Xp

        Why?
        What do you have that can’t be fixed / changed for less than $9m?
        How many XP devices do you have?

        cheers, Paul

        • #2443531

          The $9 million figure was for 2024.  How many millions have already been spent year-to-date since XP reached EOL?

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