Software and computer upgrades are valuable, helpful things — usually. Every so often, there comes an upgrade so hideously bad that it not only disappoints consumers, but practically kills off a product as well. See if you spot any of the upgrades that made you want to throw your computer out of a high window.
The Curse of Windows Vista
When in 2007 Windows Vista premiered, the company spent a lot of time and money touting it as the best OS ever. Users were into it, eager to try the new upgrade and stoked about experiencing all the extra features. Then they tried it. Even with a powerful laptop, many noticed that their new OS actually encouraged them to downgrade back to earlier XP version of Windows. It had too much security troubles, countless issues with compatibility, and seemingly no purpose.
iTunes Only Plays The Blues
Immensely over-bloated by memory-chomping data, iTunes is a music player with millions of users worldwide. There is simply no purpose for such an intensive, memory-consuming media player to exist in the hard-drives of people’s computers. Plagued with non-stop loading times, its massive cornucopia of files force users into unnecessarily long wait times for simple software updates and media syncs. Not to mention, sketchy policy changes in 2010 that have allowed 3rd party companies to collect real-time location-based information on users 13 and older.
Internet Explorer; Lost for 12 Years
After more than a decade of tweaking and reworking their genuine browser, you’d think that Microsoft would have developed the end-all of browsers by now. Embarrassingly, that is not the case, and with their latest release of Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft continues to lose the “browser race” against more in-tune browsers – Firefox and Chrome. Is it possible that Microsoft simply chooses to ignore every complaint or suggestion from its waning customer base? Or are they unable to keep up with the vastly changing free-web browser landscape?
Adobe Acrobat Reader; Not so Acrobatic
Adobe Reader essentially has one primary function and that is to read PDF files, which is an excellent and productive function. But there is just one issue – it doesn’t do its job smoothly. Proportionally, it is equally as bloated as iTunes, forcing users to cease all computer activity while it boots up a colossal size of plugins, add-ons and libraries. Reader could easily go crazy, as it finds the need to carry on with incessant file checks, system reboots and excuses when asked to open a simple PDF file.
Windows 8 Ain’t so Great
Windows 8 is brand-new but there are already problems. There are licensing concerns due to complicated agreements, Windows 8 account creation, new features, and so on. People using desktops have issues due to certain compromises made for the benefit of tablet users (more about it in our previous post). Worse, although the company promises compatibility with other apps and programs, they blatantly push their own, so the OS isn’t as user-friendly as the commercials suggest. Will Windows 8 become the new Windows Vista?
Finally, here is Emily’s suggestion to all Freemake Blog readers:
Researching the software is always an effective way of finding out the truth about a new product. Make sure the program is everything you expect it to be and you’ll avoid facing a downgrade.
Author Bio: Emily Green is a freelance writer with more than 7 years professional experience in blogging, copywriting, content, SEO, dissertation, technical, and theses writing. When she’s not working on her Lenovo laptop, she likes to read, bike and take her dog to the park.