Microsoft prepares Skype to be preinstalled on Windows 7 PCs They also ignore the latest version of Skype
Subject: General Tech, Systems | May 31, 2012 - 03:33 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: skype, OEM, bloatware, crapware
Just after their $99 Signature service has been announced, Microsoft has provided OEMs with a version of Skype to be pre-installed on Windows 7 PCs. I wonder if they will take it off again if you pay them?
Just… give me a minute…
So Microsoft hates bloatware unless it is theirs. OEM partners have been paid by software vendors to provide demos of products integrated and pre-installed for the end-user. Commonly you will see a few game demos, the Kindle software, an antivirus trial, and Skype. Earlier in the month Microsoft created a service at their retail outlets to scrub computers clean of the bloat for $99.
And now that they own Skype they desire for OEMs to integrate it with Windows 7…
Here’s my dotted line for your Signature.
More humorous is that they will integrate Skype 5.8 rather than the newer Skype 5.9. Granted, it is unsurprising that a company would be slightly behind in versions particularly since the latest dot-release is less than two months old. Skype has been known to be slightly less desirable as you increase in version number and as such makes me crack a smirk either way. The latest release in particular has allegedly been the cause of minor glitches in recent podcasts with TWiT studios recommending rolling back to 5.8.
If anything this makes me slightly curious about Windows 8.
Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2011 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: freeware, bloatware, download
In a move similar to the one that made Adobe so popular, Download.com no longer lets you just download your desired file, instead you must first install their downloader software. Download.com and Cnet are no longer as popular as they once were, but were still a good repository for freeware and trialware. Now you need to install their software to get at the programs you want and it is even better than you might think, you will get the software you want as well as a brand new toolbar and changes to your home page and default search engine. Thankfully it is opt out, but for many people who are not paying attention, installing the next piece of software from Cnet will also involve uninstalling a toolbar and switching your browsers defaults back to what you chose for yourself. The only good news is that programs won't get the wrapper until the next time the version is updated. Catch the reaction at Slashdot.
"At Download.com, page designs have been repeatedly tweaked over the years to push its updater software (now called TechTracker), TrialPay offers, and the site's mailing list. Bothersome, perhaps, but certainly not inexcusable. They've got to make money off the site somehow, after all, and banner ads don't always do the job. Now, things have taken a turn for the worse: Cnet has begun wrapping downloads in its own proprietary installer. Not only will this cause the reputation of free, legitimate software to be tarred by Cnet's bloatware toolbars, homepage changes, and new default search engines — but Cnet is even claiming that their installer wrapping is 'for the users.'"
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- HP – a train wreck that has already happened @ SemiAccurate