Disappointed by MS
Today MS pulled the plug on Live Mesh beta – the best remote access and file sync program for PC that also once upon a time promised to become a universal sync platform of the future. I used it mostly for remote access, to connect to work from home, to home from work, and to maintain computers located halfway around the globe. Well they gave us a warning way ahead of time. They told us Mesh beta would be replaced by the new Mesh which would be part of Windows Live Essentials 2011. And the new Mesh would be incompatible with the old Mesh. The Essentials also include updates to programs that I’m using: Live Mail, Live Writer, Photo Gallery. Those are all great and useful programs and I’ve been wanting to update them, but I could not. Because the Essentials is an all-in-one pack, and you don’t get to choose which programs you want to install. You must install the new Mesh if you want to use the new Mail. And did I mention that the new Mesh cannot update or automatically uninstall the old Mesh. You must uninstall the old Mesh manually, from each PC and from each user account. That is something that is very hard to do remotely especially while being connected to the remote PC via Live Mesh! So I waited until the last day.
Today I installed Windows Live Essentials 2011 on my home PC. Did I mention that the new Essentials were pushed as an “important Windows update”. I had to uninstall the old Mesh. The Essentials installer gave me two options: “Install all Windows Essentials” or “Update the currently installed components”. Of course I wanted to update the currently installed software because the Essentials include too many programs that I don’t use. Guess what. Since I uninstalled Mesh, it was not among the “currently installed components”. So the only remaining option was to install ALL components.
I realize that Microsoft wants to serve the mass consumer and streamline the experience for the majority. But to me, the mass consumer and the majority are the users of ipads, androids, and other linuxes. I am an elite consumer – a loyal user of Windows – and I deserve treatment and experience of luxurious quality. Because, as a Windows user, I am used to luxury.
BTW, the new Mail is good, the new Gallery is good, the new Writer is good, and Bing Toolbar sucks.