Microsoft promises improvement as Tim Sweeny admits they aren’t really evil

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Tim Sweeny doesn't actually think Microsoft are evil

By the end of last week, I’m sure many people working at Microsoft needed a holiday. It was a troublesome week, with the announcement of (possible) Xbox One upgrades, the shortcomings of Universal Windows Apps and the true reason behind their focus to PC gaming all falling under scrutiny of the internet and its users. But it wasn’t until the end of the week that things got really heated, with Epic Games’ Tim Sweeny launching an attack on Microsoft and their “evil” plans to control the PC market.

It was vicious attack at that, with Sweeny criticising their UWP app program as a way for Microsoft to monopolise the PC market – or at least attempt to. Sweeny in turn ended up being forced to spend his weekend defending these views, and ultimately had a change of heart by the end of it. In a podcast with Polygon, Sweeny took a step back and actually admitted that he doesn’t necessarily think Microsoft is trying anything devious.

Microsoft is a black box. I know a lot of people there who are really awesome, smart people who want to do the right thing, but then there are other people there who appear not to be because some of the bad decisions they’re making on Windows 10. There is not proof of an evil plan to do this, but just the fear.

That could be because Sweeny is actually rather confused about many of the features that UWP apps have, or at least his engagements on Twitter seem to suggest as much. Sweeny engaged with a lot of Twitter replies over the weekend, but the most interesting were the ones where his apparent knowledge of Microsoft’s platform was made to look a lot more limited than he previously wanted everyone to believe.

One would expect the likes of Phil Spencer to jump at this, but the exact opposite happened. Instead of calling out Sweeny on his apparent lack of knowledge around UWP, the Xbox head instead clarified some of the aims that Microsoft had in place for their platform. These included support on multiple store fronts, a much more open ecosystem and a range of new tools for developers to make use of. He also stated that a lot more news around the future of UWP apps would be presented at Build, something which Sweeny himself said he’s looking forward to.

So it’s a debacle that capped off a rocky week for Microsoft, but I have to hold out a little faith for Spencer and Co. Yes, games via the Windows Store right now are restrictive and weird in their design (no fullscreen, locked V-sync for starters) but I’m giving Microsoft the benefit of some time to get things in order.

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Although I don’t expect many are willing to wait too long.

Last Updated: March 7, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Commander Admiral Chief

      xD

      Good to see you back on form

      • Hammersteyn

        So…….tired…….. though

    • Fox1 – Retro

      Is the counter image Linux?

      • Hammersteyn

        Well, Linux is free, but so is Win10…. hmmmmmm

        • HvR

          Win 10 upgrade is free, I should know Microsoft reminds me ….. ten times a day.

    • Jan Prins

      But can the same be said of Bill Gates’ Gold Plated Three Ply Bog-rolls?

      • Hammersteyn

        There’s three ply toilet paper!?!?!?!?

        • Jan Prins

          Any toilet paper can be two ply or four play or 8 ply or 16 ply (you get my drift) if you do some basic folding.

    • Pieter Kruger

      Did you not just read the article….?????

      • Hammersteyn

        Hablo no ingles

  • Fox1 – Retro

    Pssst…It’s Sweeney.

  • Fox1 – Retro

    Tim Sweeney, a changed man since Epic’s partnership with Samsung 😛

  • Pieter Kruger

    Still remember how people went mental when Steam launched……?ROFL!

    • Jan Prins

      Oh but Steam is the darling of the PC world. Steam can do no wrong. No Sirree! Steam wants your kids sacrificed on some altar in some or other heathen ceremony? You betcha them PC kids will comply.

    • HvR

      Because it was a DRM abomination when it launched. Valve has since learned that giving a nice reach around helps people be more accepting.

  • HvR

    There might might a published memo of an evil plan but:
    In the 80’s and 90’s M$ established it’s monopoly through very shady deals and restrictive licensing agreements with OEM supplier and hardware manufactures.
    They have been found to fund “think tanks” and “research groups” who then publish BS reports on how unsafe competing free O/S and dangers of GPL to the industry.
    They’ve hidden/not publish parts of Windows API over the years with the intent purpose of killing off competitors in the applications market
    They implemented install blocks and loops in Windows with the explicit intent of making it harder for users to install competitors applications.
    They’ve run huge ad campaigns making BS claims on how Linux servers are 10 times more expensive
    They have been caught out outright fabrication evidence in courts.
    They blacklist journalists and reviewers who do not tow the line.

    • HvR

      Five minutes after I posted this Lazygamer went down ….

      • Pieter Kruger

        Ever thought maybe the tinfoil hat IS the problem……?????

  • iusedtobe(a)regular

    Sweeny : MS is an evil company.
    Spencer : $$$$$$$ What was that about us being evil?
    Sweeny : I withdraw my previous statement. Thanks Phil

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    lol Micro$oft!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    HOW MUCH DID THEY PAY YOU SWEENEY!!!?? #SHOWUSTHEMONEY

  • Cole Train

    See MS is actually doing things…they developed the largest OS in the world…windows 10 which has been very well received. The windows store is still being developed…and as we have seen consistently with Xbox one, MS listens to people and makes improvements. You can never make everyone happy. Windows store is fine for me…if you have legitimate issues – send them to MS in normal fashion…if you are a mindless MS hater like Sweeney…STFU.

    • iusedtobe(a)regular

      “windows 10 which has been very well received.”

      Only because it was free.

      • Cole Train

        As it should be…its a software upgrade. Charging for it would be moronic.

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