Microsoft have gone all Amazon....

Microsoft have gone all Amazon….with their download recommendations.  And it gave me quite a shock.

I was just installing the MAP toolkit on my new Windows 8 install.  In typical MS style, MAP has nothing to do with cartography….but is all about Planning and Assessment.  The tool needs .Net 4.0.2 to work…which the install give a little link for, nice touch!

MAP Prerequisites










So I went to the Microsoft website to download said version of .Net….and was presented with the following screen….i.e. customer who bought this <insert product name here>, also enjoyed this.



Very reminiscent of shopping on Amazons on a Kindle Fire HD.


Also, very strange as I’m not even running windows 7….so why the recommendations.


In any case, the install failed due to issues with connecting to the local “master” instance of SQL Express.  I really should read the release notes before doing this kind of stuff.


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