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UAC = User Annoyance Control

13-Apr-08 12:00 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Microsoft  has come under fire for a lot of things its done with Vista and Windows more generally since Windows XP was released.  But perhaps only the "Genuine Windows" program has engendered more consternation and malice than a new feature introduced with Windows Vista called "User Account Control" (UAC).  Vista ships with the feature activated, and unless applications are written specifically to be UAC-aware, it causes issues with everything from preventing programs from running to forcing irritating prompts to appear over and over again.

Bizarre as this is, perhaps even more shocking is that the company apparently put the feature there "to annoy users", according to a source at Microsoft.  Of course, it remains another source of legend and mystery as to why anyone would willfully address security issues by targeting users and making the experience of using Windows more difficult.

I urge everyone to take a moment to read the Slashdot coverage linked above to learn more about this puzzling move.

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