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Microsoft admits Vista UAC was designed to annoy users and developers

Microsoft has a way of rubbing people the wrong way sometimes. In fact, so many people dislike Microsoft because of buggy code, the way it runs over competition, and the fact that it is the biggest player in the industry, that you wouldn't think that Microsoft would actively attempt to annoy users, but it has. At the RSA Security conference last week, a Microsoft official claimed that annoying users was the actual aim of the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Vista. Microsoft's goal, he said, was to try to force smaller software vendors to write more secure code.

Microsoft has a way of rubbing people the wrong way sometimes. In fact, so many people dislike Microsoft because of buggy code, the way it runs over competition, and the fact that it is the biggest player in the industry, that you wouldn't think that Microsoft would actively attempt to annoy users, but it has. At the RSA Security conference last week, a Microsoft official claimed that annoying users was the actual aim of the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Vista. Microsoft's goal, he said, was to try to force smaller software vendors to write more secure code.

Microsoft: Vista feature designed to 'annoy users' (News.com)

There are plenty of annoying practices in the tech world, from software that expires after a certain date to OEMs who put "crapware" on a new PC. I suspect that if you asked a room of 100 people about the most annoying part of technology, you might get as many as 100 different answers. Microsoft, however, has introduced something that is annoying on purpose in order to try to force vendors to write better code. However, annoying users is far from a security plan, and I truly hope that Microsoft is aware of that.

What Tech Company Practices Annoy You Most? (PC World)

Poll: Technology Annoyances (PC World)

Memo to Microsoft: Annoyance is not a security plan (Computerworld)

I suppose in the grand scheme of things, Microsoft is trying to improve the code that is in the marketplace. However, I am not sure that it should be up to them to police the whole industry, especially when its own software needs security updates on what seems like a weekly basis. Do you think that the annoying purpose of UAC is a good idea?

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