Thursday, October 25, 2012

the crapification of software

I first noticed it with Andoid apps --standard crappy software with missing features that are brain-dead-obviously needed for a decent app. If you reply to an email using the Android messaging app, you can't remove or edit the quoted text. It always quotes the entire message in your reply and give you no way to do anything about it. Android browsers are all missing dozens of features that are taken for granted in desktop browsers. The office apps give you very limited editing ability if any. Almost no Android apps give you the ability to select a number of items from a list to do a group action like delete. Only specially-designed "file access" apps let you browse the general storage as opposed to their special little storage cell.

Now I'm starting to notice the same thing in Windows apps. I'm a little worried that software companies have learned that there are now so many potential buyers, that they can create any crap piece of software and sell enough to make a profit, so they will stop bothering to compete on features. Just put something together that sort of does some basic job, hype it up, sell a few thousand copies for $20 a piece and go on to the next piece of crapware.

Of course careful buyers can avoid buying crapware until this starts becoming an industry standard. Then we are stuck with it.

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