Windows 10

Jun 17, 2015

Ok, I know this group is pretty, well, dead, but I couldn't think of a better place to post this (after all, it's what the group is for).

What do y'all think of the new Windows 10 coming out on July 29th? I've been proud to be a beta tester for the past few months, and I have to say: the first time I tried it, I was hooked. IMHO, it is better than the Windows 7 which I was using before in just about every way possible. However, I have been having some second thoughts about this new OS. The service agreement... well, how should I put this... Basically, by accepting the service agreement, you are giving Microsoft permission to access your emails, files stored on your computer, information about these files, such as "samples of the text", how long it takes to open the files, etc., voice samples (taken from voice searches with the new Cortana), and just about anything else you wouldn't want a giant company such as Microsoft knowing. I, unlike many people, actually read these service agreements, especially with things such as new, operating systems, however I wasn't too concerned when I read this. I just thought to myself, "Hey, it's still in beta; when it's released, I'll just disable the monitoring, slap on a VPN, and it should all be good". I thought. Disturbingly, there is no way to control what information is sent to Microsoft, and if there is, it's hidden awfully well. BUT, technically, it's perfectly legal, because they make you "agree" to it when you download the OS. However, the thing that really hit me after thinking of all this, was that they are giving it to current Windows 7/8 users FOR FREE. Basically, it's keylogging, information-stealing spyware, being given to over 700 MILLION people FOR FREE. Oh, and did I mention that Microsoft is also developing a telemetry system that will allow them to monitor ANY computer connected to the internet running Windows 10 in almost real time?

Read this article for more information (there are tons more like it as well): http://www.techworm.net/2014/10/microsofts-windows-10-permission-watch-every-move.html

Now you tell me: what do you think?


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