Experience with Microsoft Phone Support
This happened around the time that Microsoft was changing over their Instant Messaging protocol to cut out 3rd party programs such as the ones I use through Jabber and GAIM (though keeping them out didn’t last long). I figured I’d call and try to find out what, as a developer, I’d have to do to be able to use their protocol (sell my soul, sell organs, be Bill Gates’ towel boy for a month…).
My experience calling MS support was quite differnet to Alexander‘s. I called MSN and was greeted by a robot voice asking me where I wanted to go today. I said “developer support” several times, each time getting an “I don’t understand” reply. Eventually it said “I didn’t understand. Did you say ‘technical support’, ‘information’, or ‘cancel account'” and in frustration I cut it off by saying “because you’re an idiot!” It said “I think I heard you say you want to speak to technical support, is that right?”
I thought at this point that it either messed up and randomly chose where I actually did want to go, or it was measuring stress in my voice and figured it’d better let me talk to someone right away. My call was transferred.
I spoke to a nice man next and explained that I was trying to find information on licensing MSN Messanger 8 technology from them, and was looking for developer support. He told me that this was the billing department, and I had to contact technical support. WTF? “I thought I asked for technical support?” “Yes sir, but sometimes calls are routed here.”
I kid you not.
He said he could give me the number or transfer me, I asked for both. The number he gave me was the number I had originally dialed. sigh
I think I sat on hold a while, listing to a loop of bad musak and an occassional voice telling me how wonderful MSN8 was and how someone would be right with me. I think I sat only long enough to type down my experience befor hanging up.