Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2018 20:12 UTC

Microsoft is once again tackling privacy concerns around Windows 10 today. The software giant is releasing a new test build of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders today that includes changes to the privacy controls for the operating system. While most privacy settings have been confined to a single screen with multiple options, Microsoft is testing a variety of ways that will soon change.

There have been some concerns that Windows 10 has a built-in “keylogger,” because the operating system uses typing data to improve autocompletion, next word prediction, and spelling correction. Microsoft’s upcoming spring update for Windows 10 will introduce a separate screen to enable improved inking and typing recognition, and allow users to opt-out of sending inking and typing data to Microsoft.

I doubt any of these changes will reassure people who refuse to use Windows because of privacy concerns.

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AS for Microsoft, the reason to not trust them is "why now, and not when they released it?"

As I said, it's nothing new and opting out has always been possible -- since release 1511 and later, in fact. But don't take my word for it, just grab an ISO and see for yourself. You don't even need a license key to complete the installation.

But realize that if you want to talk to Cortana/Siri/Google and have them do stuff for you they need to dig into your computer to check calendar, address book, installed applications, and so on. The same goes for auto completion and suggestions as you type.

Of course you don't have to like it and nobody, not even Microsoft, is forcing you to use any particular feature, but to act all surprised and indignant is rather naive -- if not downright biased.


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