What is particularly impressive about all this is how many of the exciting pain points are also present in ‘pro’ and ‘enterprise’ SKUs. Access to GPOs makes some of them easier to stamp out; but an exciting hit of “Candy Crush Soda Saga” is, in fact, the default even on fancy corporate editions.
The wonderful world of OEM shovelware has delivered many amazing things; but even they, notoriously tasteless as they were, tended to let shame keep them somewhat in check(eg. HP’s affair with ‘Wildtangent Games’ was typically confined to their consumer shit). Microsoft appears to not even be letting these constraints stop them.