Microsoft Corporation may be a big famous name; however, it is becoming less popular among certain sectors of our world population. It has become evident, through consumer reports and those in the technology savvy, that Windows 10 has features considered too invasive and thus features that may cause litigation. Data collecting and user behavior-tracking features might be more of a two edged sword for Microsoft with Windows 10 when many of the upcoming generations are more alert to their rights and are opposed to having their personal privacy regulated.
Windows 10 launched globally on July 29 of this year and is as a free upload for the first year after launch. According to ITPRO-UK, Microsoft Corporation, who designed the technological computer software, reported having installed Windows 10 in 75 million devices within the first four weeks since it was publicly released. Yusuf Mehdi, the company’s marketing chief, has also been reported to say that this new operating system has been downloaded faster than any previous version of the platform. If users do not upgrade within the year of their launch they will have to buy their Windows 1o version, which could cost up to $100.
Controversial data mining and privacy invasion are two factor which are making Windows 1o questionable among software users. We have the issue of parental controls for instance. According to Microsoft Corporation’s own website:
“When you add a child’s Microsoft account to your family, you’ll get regular activity report emails summarizing how much time they spent on the PC, the websites they visited, the games and apps they used, and the terms they’ve looked up in search engines like Bing, Google, or Yahoo! Search.”
Take for instance the parent who is elated about having a tracking device on the internet activity of their teenage child. It may be nice and convenient from the parent’s perspective; however, from a teenager who might be in the process of finding resources in the internet because he or she feels they might be part of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning) youth, this could cause further parental abuse for a growing child. This parental tracking system may be another way these young people, who may or may not be ready for a talk with their parents, find themselves ousted out of their research efforts to finding some help and/or counseling on their own.
The controversial issues are many. The telemetry gathering software poses deep concerns. There are certain torrent tracker communities who are banning Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 because they feel is too much of a risk and a two edge sword installing it when it shares down load histories with anti-privacy organizations.
In spite of what some may call disadvantages to Windows 10, there are users, especially businesses all over the world, who will be able to manifest their long-awaited marketing dreams. The search history of consumers is highly valuable to corporations who produce much of what we depend upon today.
Another new feature Microsoft Corporation has designed in the system is called Memory Manager, which compresses unused pages instead of writing them to disk when the machine is running low on memory. This allows the system to maintain more applications in the system’s physical memory.
Microsoft Corporation stands to suffer litigation either on account of the possible numbers of people who have already downloaded their free Windows 10 software or from future users who become dissatisfied. As much as the new features are beneficial to those who are seeking to acquire download histories of users who have installed their free version, or will in the future buy Windows 10, those features which invade privacy have a sharp edge that may be cutting off too big a piece of the personal privacy pie.
Technology history has done it again. Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 may be the demise of some who cannot seem to accept that technology has a way of being a double edge sword; but there are users who can call it a miracle. We are all moving on in life either unsatisfied or like a current who can never get enough of a good thing.
By Jeanette O’Donnal
Law Street Media: Windows New Parental Control Feature Could Accidentally Out LGBTQ Youth
ITPRO-UK: Operating Systems: Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade
gHacks: Microsoft intensifies data collection on windows 7 and 8 systems
Forbes: Windows 10 spying on windows 7 and windows 8