Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Dec 2015 09:05 UTC
Windows

On December 8, 2015, Microsoft released Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile updates on a global scale testing the Windows as a Service (WaaS) model. Besides the syncing of cumulative OS updates between desktop and phone, the event revealed that carriers seem to be sidelined. Here is why that is and what changed between Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile.

Essentially, Microsoft seems to have "blackboxed" the radio stack, so that it can push updates without affecting it. Very, very nice.

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jnemesh
Member since:
2008-04-08

How? By installing Linux or BSD. You can no longer trust ANY of the megacorporations.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

You mean like Jolla, FF OS and Tizen?

Good luck.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Guys, the topic here is Windows 10 Mobile. The thing that runs on phones. Talking about installing FreeBSD/Linux or Microsoft having 90% market share makes no sense here.

In Windows 10 Mobile there is a section in settings called Privacy. It currently has 17 subsections ranging from Location, Call History, Radios, Advertising ID, Contacts and "Speech, inking & typing". Per subsection you can turn it on or off and when it is on you can enable/disable it on a per app basis. Every app lists the permissions it will request in the store and you have to confirm those permissions the first time an app requests them.

So even when I turn location services on, the build in maps and camera app still ask for permission to use location

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

This is something Microsoft (and to a lesser degree, Apple) gets right, and Google gets totally wrong. Speaking strictly of mobile OSes, Microsoft offers the most granular control over privacy settings, which (to me at least) makes the privacy nightmare that is Windows 10 on the desktop all the more frustrating. I sincerely hope Microsoft patches desktop Windows security and privacy so that it behaves more like mobile Windows, but I'm not holding my breath.

Edited 2015-12-13 12:31 UTC

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