Software Truths: Just Don't Uninstall It
by Eric Giguere
April 7, 2004
Attendees of the Microsoft Mobile Developers Conference 2004
received a DVD with the Community Technology Preview
of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. Here's a prime example of
what happens when
the development team bypasses the marketing team:
The truth will set you free!
The image above is a scan of the back of the envelope
of the envelope is not nearly as interesting) in which the
DVD was distributed.
Here's the best part of the text:
These builds are not for everyone. Because our goal is to offer
these builds as they are ready, very little effort is put into stabilizing
them or ensuring their quality. typically, our "Beta" and released
products go through a rigorous testing and quality assurance process
before they become available. These interim Community Technology
Preview builds do not go through this process. It is very likely
that removing the build will introduce significant instability
to your installed system and may even cause you to have to reformat
your drive. Therefore, do not install these builds on machines
you depend on.
"These builds are not for everyone" is surely an understatement.
I often see warnings about installing software, but it's rare
to see warnings about uninstalling it. It's hard to
argue with the phrase "may even
cause you to have to reformat your drive", though.
Imagine if all software came with these kinds of warnings...