Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 20:50 UTC
Windows "Microsoft today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store." I'm still not clear on what '12:01 AM local time' means, but if it means it goes on sale in every country on 12:01 AM, I'll be buying in a bit over an hour!
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The one thing I'm wary of
by WereCatf on Thu 25th Oct 2012 22:44 UTC
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Windows 8 stores all details of you in the cloud, and it seemingly stores even many of your actual files there if you've created those files in Metro-apps, and there-in lies a problem: Microsoft uses a reversible encryption, ie. if you lose your password you can just request a new one and all your files and details are still useable. Reversible encryption, however, means that Microsoft can peruse your files at any time they feel like, and they can give access to those files to anyone they feel like. This might not be such a wonderful feature, especially if you're a foreigner and don't want U.S. government spying on you. It also makes stealing all of your details and impersonating you a lot, lot easier.

Sure, you can use Windows 8 without using the Microsoft - account, but that's not really mentioned anywhere nor are the privacy implications mentioned anywhere.

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