Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 a Double Edge Sword

Microsoft CorporationMicrosoft 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.

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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

Sources:

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

10 Responses to "Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 a Double Edge Sword"

  1. Gary Roberts   September 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

    It’s becoming obvious more computer users are aware that allegations of Windows 10 privacy issues are over blown and in most cases are inaccurate reports of Windows 10 privacy obstruction.

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  2. no chance   September 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Illiterate drivel, some sentences don’t scan & some make no sense at all. One of the worst written pieces I have ever read.

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  3. Shawn Bailey   September 4, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    This article is really nothing more than someone who is uneducated and ignorantly parroting fringe concerns as if this is both true and mainstream. First Federal Law prohibits Microsoft from gathering or viewing information obtained within family safety applications for anyone under 13. Second, bad parenting is not Microsoft’s fault. MS is protected by mountains of precedence and family law that clearly sides with the parent. Guardians absolutely have the right to monitor their own children’s use of devices, especially if the legal guardian owns the computers and networks being used to access content, regardless of the content. Third, torrent sites only exist to subvert the law. Sure maybe there really are one or two that conduct legitimate business, but any self respecting business(or Individual) has the right to protect their image, brand or intellectual property. Telemetry is not used to gather personal information. It is used to track bugs, performance, reliability and scaling issues. Yes, there is some personal information in the data, but why not just query it instead of capturing it in transit. There is sooooo much more to write, but my thumbs are sore. 10 years ago I would have never said that Microsoft is the most respected and transparent secure consumer and business software company in the world. But it is true.

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  4. Neil   September 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Family safety automatically shuts down at age 12 or 13. No big deal.

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  5. Nerdywoman51   September 4, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Ironically, those bazillions of consumers who are concerned about Microsoft invading their privacy are the same people who have gmail accounts and use Google services all day long. Somebody ought to check Google’s privacy policies before they rip on Microsoft. BTW, Win10 has Privacy settings for 13 different categories plus Microsoft has an extremely user-friendly website for setting online privacy. Add to that Do Not Track features that are easy to locate and use in all their browsers (although websites such as guardianlv.com requires that be disabled in order to comment…)

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    • Travis Immortalis (@Travis9x)   September 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      THANK YOU. I can’t +1 this one enough. When Google’s various services were just becoming a thing, I read their privacy policy, and instantly decided to avoid them whenever possible. On the other hand, when I read Win10’s privacy policy, I found it to be much easier to stomach than Google’s. I completely agree with you that every time I read some complaint about Microsoft’s “invasive” privacy practices in Win10, I have to ask them “and how many of Google’s services do you use? Do you have ANY idea how much Google spies on you??” None of them ever respond.

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      • Matthew Steinhardt   September 4, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        When did you read google’s privacy policy? Because they currently have more options to control what content you send them than most other companies (including Microsoft) and their most recent privacy policy clearly states exactly what they get and where they send it. Microsoft’s merely says “partners” which is so ambiguous.

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    • Jeanette O'Donnal   September 4, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      I agree with you about the people who seem to complain. Thanks for the additional info about the system. Thanks for reading my article!

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  6. bryan   September 4, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Unbelievable! Worried about adolescent sexual orientation.. Wtf?

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    • Jeanette O'Donnal   September 4, 2015 at 11:59 am

      If you really think about it, it’s the legal gang that is looking for business. If you go to my sources you can read up on it. Thanks for your comment.

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