Microsoft can clean up Windows all they want. They can make it work well on all those device types and adapt seamlessly on devices that can transform. But PC makers will continue to do what they do as well. And while many of them create truly excellent hardware at a range of price points, virtually all of them—including well-respected companies like Dell, Lenovo and HP—also destroy the performance, reliability and, yes, respectability of those devices by loading them down with crapware.
Crapware destroys the Windows experience. It makes PCs more bloated, slower, and less efficient. The available disk space—which is at a premium in this age of low-storage devices—is compromised, as is battery life, boot and shutdown times, ongoing RAM and other resources usage, and more. Crapware is unnecessary, annoying—some even display pop-up ads—and hard (or in some cases, impossible) to actually remove.
Microsoft’s solution to crapware is its Signature program, by which they take many popular PC models, strip them of that crapware, and then sell them to consumers through their retail and online stores.