Web Pages That Suck – Microsoft.com?

To be honest, I'm not sure what Vincent Flander's is going on about at webpagesthatsuck.com.

He mentions a redesign on the Microsoft.com homepage:

"This page makes the Daily Sucker because it talks about how they've improved Microsoft.com by redesigning it, but they:

  1. Don't have a link to the redesign so you have to take their word they've done what they say they've done. If you believe what people tell you, then I'd like to say, "Hey ladies. I'm rich, single, and in public I'm often mistaken for Tom Cruise and in private I'm mistaken for Ron Jeremy."

  2. Don't have the link in an obvious place -- I scanned the document and couldn't find it. If you can't find it, then it doesn't exist."

As far as I'm aware there hasn't been a new design launched recently, so I'm not entirely suprised he can't find a link!

Vincent does point out an issue that relates to ad-blocking software (he mentions Norton Internet Security), that causes the homepage not to show the Microsoft logo, although I can't replicate this issue myself....?  Can you?

He points to Robert Scoble's blog in the article, in the hope that Vincent's post gets noticed by Microsoft.  Well, it has now (I subscribe too the websitesthatsuck.com RSS feed).

Comments (7)
  1. a. says:

    if an image is (or is near to) a "common" banner size (like 88×31), norton firewall and several other firewall blocks it.

  2. Robin says:

    Maybe he was talking about Douglas Bowman’s recent refactoring of the MS frontpage to make it crossbrowser compliant, remove the table layout, and cut the file site from 40kb to 15kb (excluding the benefits of cached CSS).


  3. Søren Lund says:

    Why don’t we talk about msdn.microsoft.com instead and the horrible search capability. Honestly why is Google better at search msdn than MS itself? I don’t get it.

  4. travis says:

    Søren, not only is it better, but it’s FASTER too. I’m sure MS’s will get better once they switch over to their new search engine though.

  5. As Robin pointed out, I was talking about Douglas Bowman’s recent refactoring of the MS front page and how silly it was to tell people you were doing it without showing the final result.

    If Ad Blocking is set to "on" in Norton Internet Security, then the logo will not display.

    The reason is that the image is stored in a directory called "banners" and that is viewed as an ad by NIS — the official name of the file is http://www.microsoft.com/library/toolbar/3.0/images/banners/ms_masthead_ltr.gif

    If it were stored elsewhere, then it would display.

  6. anonymous says:

    How about a big DUH mr-doesn’t like anybody- its documentation of a live event.

    "Those who were at Digital Design World in Seattle this year saw me present a session…."

    And nowhere does it state that it improves MS’s design usability flaws, simply that they changed from tables to css and reduced download time.

    Reading does wonders.

    So don’t worry that you don’t get where Vincent is coming from — I don’t think he knows either.

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