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 microsoft finally reveals what data windows 10 collects from your pc
microsoft finally reveals what data windows 10 collects from your pc

There are all kinds of new features in the Windows 10 Creators Update rolling out on April 11, but one change really sticks out. Greater transparency about the data that Microsoft collects from your PC.There are new dashboard screens that all Windows 10 users will see the first time they install or upgrade to the Creators Update. Perhaps more interestingly, for the first time Microsoft has detailed information about the user data it collects for diagnostics.Diagnostics collectionLet’s start with the diagnostics collection, as Microsoft’s come under heavy fire from privacy advocates for refusing to allow users to disable it completely while simultaneously refusing to detail exactly what information Windows 10 collects from users.Microsoft published two Technet pages describing the data Micr

microsoft opens up on windows telemetry, tells us most of what data it collects

Mike MozartShare this storyMicrosoft has published the full range of data that Windows 10 version 1703, the Creators Update, will collect in its default "basic" telemetry setting. The company has also provided details on the kinds of information that can be captured in the optional "full" telemetry setting.Since it was first released there has been widespread concern about Windows 10's data collection, as the operating system collects various kinds of data and sends it back to Microsoft. The company says it uses this information to determine how well systems are running and get a heads up on problems that users are facing. Telemetry isn't new to Windows, but prior to Windows 10 it was always opt-in, through schemes such as the Customer Experience Improvement Program and Windows Error Repor

the full extent of windows 10's data sharing is slightly alarming

For example, Windows collects a surprising amount of info about your media playback. It's not tracking what you're playing, but it will check how long you spent reading a Windows Store book, and will scoop up internet links if there's an error with online video. And when Microsoft says it looks at "browsing history and search terms," we now know just what it means -- that includes text you type in the address bar and Cortana searches. When you search for local files, Windows will collect the kind of search you performed, the number of items your query turned up and the name of app you use to open a file from that search. It looks like Microsoft is steering clear of collecting particularly sensitive info, but there are incentives to choose Basic if you're privacy-minded.With this in mind, M

consumers sue microsoft, allege windows 10 upgrade destroyed data, damaged pcs

Three people from Illinois last week sued Microsoft, claiming that the free Windows 10 upgrade they had installed on their PCs caused "data loss and damage to their computers."Lawyers for the trio asked a Chicago federal court Thursday to grant the case class-action status, which would allow other Americans to join the litigation."Many consumers have had their hard drives fail because of the Windows 10 installation," alleged the complaint. "Many consumers have had their existing software and data rendered inoperable by the Windows 10 installation."All three of the plaintiffs asserted that after accepting the free Windows 10 upgrade -- a one-year deal that ran from 2015 to 2016 -- some data on their Windows PCs had been destroyed. One said that she had had to purchase a new personal compute

windows 10 fix will prevent updates from wrecking your day

Microsoft "heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time," said Director of Program Management John Cable. That's an incredible understatement, as inopportune Windows 10 updates have ruined so many business presentations, important work and even live weather broadcasts (above) that they're a running meme. Customers have sued Microsoft (and won) over the problem, which may have prompted the company to finally do something about it.With the Creators Update, Microsoft added an icon in the Windows Update Settings page that shows if your device is up-to-date. Once it arrives, you can schedule when to time it or simply snooze it for three days, as shown below. You can then snooze or reschedule it again if that still doesn't work. Furthermore, you'll have more choi

microsoft's windows server os runs on arm, with help from qualcomm

Microsoft has warmed up to Qualcomm to make a Windows 10 PC based on its ARM chip, and now the companies are bringing Windows Server OS to ARM.For the first time ever, Microsoft is expected to show the Windows Server OS running on an ARM server. The server runs on Qualcomm’s Centriq 2400, an ARM-based chip designed for cloud servers.The server is being shown at the Open Project Compute Summit being held in Santa Clara, California, on Wednesday and Thursday.The ARM-based Windows Server hardware is for Microsoft’s internal use. No information was shared on when Windows Server would be available for ARM servers.The ARM-based Windows Server hardware is for Microsoft’s internal use. The company didn’t share information about when Windows Server would be available for ARM servers.Putting Windows

windows 10 creators update will take months to roll out, microsoft confirms

Users waiting for Windows 10’s Creators Update, which is expected to release soon, may need to be patient. Data released Wednesday by AdDuplex suggests that Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update took months to roll out to users after it was released last August, and the same pace could apply to the Creators Update. In fact, Microsoft said today that the rollout will indeed take place in a phased approach, with newer devices targeted first. Microsoft sources had told PCWorld that the rollout was deliberately slower than with the Anniversary Update, just to be careful.  “We’ll iterate this process over a period of several months until all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide are offered the Creators Update,” the company said in a blog post. AdDuplex, which runs its own ad netw

microsoft pulls the plug on windows vista next month

Despite Microsoft’s continuous efforts to get people to upgrade the latest version of Windows, hold outs who stick to old versions will always remain. If you’re still on Windows Vista, though, you may want to consider upgrading, as Microsoft will be dropping support for that particular version next month.Mainstream support for Windows Vista ended nearly five years ago, but on April 11, Microsoft will be dropping extended support for decade-old OS. This means that users who are still on Windows Vista will no longer receive crucial security updates, potentially leaving their machines at risk.Beyond the security risks that come along with using an outdated version of Windows, you also run the risk of encountering programs that won’t work with your PC. As Windows Vista fades into the shadows,

microsoft sued for millions over windows 10 upgrades

Enlarge/ The upgrade arc of Windows 10. It now has more than 400 million users, regardless of problems.MicrosoftShare this storyUnhappy Windows 10 users in Illinois are taking Microsoft to court, claiming that problems caused by the Windows 10 upgrade show that it was negligently designed, that Microsoft fraudulently failed to disclose its defects, and that the upgrade is unfit for purpose.In a break from tradition, Microsoft offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 for the first year of its release. This unusual offer was matched with a set of increasingly aggressive promotions within Windows itself. In the early days of the upgrade offer, there were even some users reporting that it installed automatically.Three plaintiffs claim specific harm was caused by the operating

windows insider program now available for business users

One of the biggest changes to come from Microsoft alongside the debut of Windows 10 was the launch of its Insider Program, offering millions of users the chance to try out beta versions of its latest operating system. This program has continued to be successful over the last few years, giving users early access to new additions like the Creators Update, but it has had one major limitation: users have only been able to sign up with their personal Microsoft accounts.That has finally changed, as Microsoft on Friday announced the new Windows Insider for Business program, which will allow IT professionals and those with things like work laptops the chance to test business-focused software and features. These business users can now sign up for Windows betas with their Azure Active Directory acco

windows 10 will push some updates over limited data plans

Windows 10's Creators Update should generally be more considerate when delivering updates, but you might not be the biggest fan if you have limited internet service. Microsoft has confirmed that the new version of Windows will automatically download updates "required to keep Windows running smoothly" even when you're on a metered connection. What does that mean, exactly? A spokesperson tells Supersite Windows that the operating system will avoid pushing "large" patches and will focus on "critical fixes," but it's not clear where the threshold will be.

windows 10 creators update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 has had its fair share of controversy over the way it downloads and forces system updates, and while it’s gotten better over time, the upcoming Creators Update looks to make the issue a hot topic once again. While these changes won’t be an issue for those with a stable internet connection, it will be of concern for users with limited service. To put it simply, Windows will force downloads of essential updates even when using a metered connection.In its current version, Windows 10 doesn’t automatically download and install software updates when on limited internet connections, such as those with strict data caps. But once the Creators Update is released, that will no longer be the case. Microsoft confirmed to SuperSite Windows that this change will only apply to “critical fixes”

windows 10 creators update release date finally announced

It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft has been talking up this update for months now, unleashing the first significant details about the Creators Update way back in October. Now, after six solid months of hearing all about it, it’s almost time for it to launch.The Creators Update comes with a whole bunch of new features focused on (surprise!) creators, whether they’re individual artists or businesses using Windows 10 for their enterprise needs. One of the biggest additions in the Creators Update comes in the form of Paint 3D, which retools the age-old program to allow its users to create 3D models and then share them online with others.There’s also a push for mixed reality coming with the Creators Update. Microsoft ha

microsoft’s new love for android is no betrayal

The news that Microsoft will sell Samsung’s Galaxy S8 in its U.S. stores came as a surprise to many. Shouldn’t Microsoft be concentrating on keeping its Windows 10 Mobile platform going, while we wait for the (perhaps) mythical Surface Phone? It’s a move that’s made many Windows Mobile fans unhappy.But pull back the curtains a little, and it turns out that Microsoft has slowly been making inroads on the Android ecosystem, co-opting Google’s platform and absorbing it into its overall enterprise software strategy. Starting with Office 365, Microsoft has been slowly bending Android to its own image, even providing its own lock screen and launchers to give it that distinctly Microsoft feel.Making a Microsoft AndroidIt’s an approach I’ve become very familiar with over the last year, when I stop

discover the power of bash on windows

Microsoft Windows may be the dominant player on the desktop, but the rapidly increasing open source software market—especially for admin and dev tools—clearly favors Linux. Not to mention the mobile market, where Android uses Linux variants. If you’re a developer on Windows, the drumbeat to get hip to Linux capabilities keeps getting louder.
Over the years, Microsoft has introduced various workarounds for using Linux capabilities on Windows, such as PowerShell with SSH and Cygwin and MSYS. Running Linux inside a virtual machine is another option. But VMs consume a significant amount of resources and don’t provide a first-class Linux experience, as you can’t edit local files or get full access to local drives, for example.
As the IT world is turning toward Linux for many projects, Microsoft

galaxy s8 microsoft edition: what’s in the box?

Microsoft announced their own Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition with a release date that matches carrier editions. The difference between this phone and the original is not Windows Phone, or even a custom user interface. Instead, this Microsoft Edition will simply install several Microsoft-made apps from the Google Play App Store.“A Microsoft customization is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition,” said a statement from Microsoft today. This customization will take place “when the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi.” These apps could more than likely be downloaded on mobile data, too – but Microsoft would likely rather set the phone up for the user at the store, instead – complete with Microsoft-provided Wi-Fi. Included in the customization process is

windows 10 wants to make android its iphone

One really addictive facet of Apple’s device ecosystem is how they work together. AirDrop lets you move files and other data from a Mac to an iPad to an iPhone, in any combination of directions. Your Apple Watch can unlock your Mac. Any Apple device can control a Keynote presentation on any other Apple device. Apple’s Handoff lets you start work on one Apple device and pick up where you left off on another. Bookmarks, contacts, email settings, passwords, and even credit card details can be synced automatically across all your devices.
Windows 10 was supposed to do the same, relying on Windows Phones to be take the role of the iPhone in this fluid ecosystem. But Windows Phone (renamed Windows Mobile) is in cryogenic suspension, waiting for a future miracle cure to bring it back to life. Thu

microsoft pulls botched wpd driver

The mysterious driver that wreaked havoc after appearing on many Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 PCs on Tuesday has been repudiated and pulled by Microsoft.The driver, listed as “Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - 5.2.5326.4762,”  appeared as an optional (unchecked) entry in Windows Update for Windows 7 and 8.1. While Win7 and 8.1 customers had to check the installation box before the driver would be installed, it was a different story for Windows 10 users -- any patch that arrives in the Windows Update queue gets installed.Microsoft’s statement on the Answers Forum says:An incorrect device driver was released for Windows 10, on March 8, 2017, that affected a small group of users with connected phones or portable devices.  After installation, these devices are not detected properly by Windows

microsoft pulls botched wpd driver

The mysterious driver that wreaked havoc after appearing on many Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 PCs on Tuesday has been repudiated and pulled by Microsoft.The driver, listed as “Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - 5.2.5326.4762,” appeared as an optional (unchecked) entry in Windows Update for Windows 7 and 8.1. While Win7 and 8.1 customers had to check the installation box before the driver would be installed, it was a different story for Windows 10 users -- any patch that arrives in the Windows Update queue gets installed.Microsoft’s statement on the Answers Forum says:An incorrect device driver was released for Windows 10, on March 8, 2017, that affected a small group of users with connected phones or portable devices.  After installation, these devices are not detected properly by Windows

mystery update kb 3150513 makes yet another reappearance

On Thursday Microsoft re-re-released KB 3150513, the mystery update that has long raised suspicions among those of us who prefer our Windows snooping to be overt, not covert.The release doesn’t appear on the Windows Update list or the Windows 10 Update list, but it was pushed onto all Windows PCs in the innocuously titled “Latest compatibility definition update for Windows.”  [ The essentials for Windows 10 installation: Download the Windows 10 Installation Superguide today. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]Microsoft’s description of KB 3150513 hasn’t change in more than a year:This update provides the latest set of definitions for compatibility diagnostics that are performed on the system. The updated definitions will help enable Microsoft and i

microsoft’s latest open source servers shown off with intel, amd, and even arm c

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 server for Project Olympus.MicrosoftShare this storyAt the Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara, California, today, Microsoft showed off the latest iterations of Project Olympus, its open source data center server design. Until now, the servers in Microsoft's data centers have all used Intel x86 processors, but now both of those elements—"Intel" and "x86"—have new competition.In news that's both surprising and unsurprising, Microsoft demonstrated Windows Server running on ARM processors. Qualcomm and Cavium have both designed motherboards for the Project Olympus form factor that use ARM chips: Qualcomm's Centriq 2400 processor, a 10nm 48 core part, and Cavium's ThunderX2 ARMv8-A, with up to 54 cores. In addition to offering lots of cores, both are highly integrated syst

microsoft apes apple’s failed app strategy in windows 10

Microsoft continues to make Windows 10 work more like MacOS. The Windows 10 Creators Update due this spring is taking a page from Apple’s MacOS app security model: A settings option to limit app installation to only those apps available in the Windows app store.
(Other ways Windows 10 is copying MacOS is in its adoption of MacOS- and iOS-style management APIs and in replicating, incrementally, Apple’s Handoff functionality.)
There are two goals in Microsoft’s new option to restrict where apps can come from, and only one of them has a clear user benefit:
Ensure that malware and other unsafe apps aren’t installed on your PC, by limiting app installation to apps from the curated Windows Store.Push users (and thus developers) to the Universal Windows Platform apps.
In both cases, Microsoft i

windows 10 cloud to allow win32 apps only from windows store

It seems that the still unconfirmed Windows 10 Cloud might not be so bad after all. Well, it still depends on how the Windows Store app narrative plays out but at least there’s hope. It recently came to light that the locked down version of Windows 10 will still allow the installation of “regular” win32 apps but with one important catch. Said app should be made available via the Windows app store. This piece of good news might actually mean more to Microsoft than would-be users.Windows 10 Cloud is shaping up to be the weird offspring of Windows 10 and Windows RT, with some mixed traits of Chrome OS thrown in. It is seen to be Redmond’s response to the growing threat of Google’s Chrome OS in the education and enterprise markets. As such, it seems to be offering a more constrained Windows 10

microsoft’s latest open source servers shown off with intel, amd, and even arm c

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 server for Project Olympus.MicrosoftShare this storyAt the Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara, California, today, Microsoft showed off the latest iterations of Project Olympus, its open source data center server design. Until now, the servers in Microsoft's data centers have all used Intel x86 processors, but now both of those elements—"Intel" and "x86"—have new competition.In news that's both surprising and unsurprising, Microsoft demonstrated Windows Server running on ARM processors. Qualcomm and Cavium have both designed motherboards for the Project Olympus form factor that use ARM chips: Qualcomm's Centriq 2400 processor, a 10nm 48 core part, and Cavium's ThunderX2 ARMv8-A, with up to 54 cores. In addition to offering lots of cores, both are highly integrated syst

windows 10 file explorer now shows microsoft “ads”

Advertisements on web pages? That’s so 2000. Ads in free mobile apps? Becoming a fact of life. But ads in file managers? That’s probably pushing it a bit. Yet that is exactly what Microsoft seems to be doing to an increasing degree with File Explorer in Windows 10. No, you don’t have to worry about NSFW content suddenly showing up. At the moment, it’s just an ad, really nagware, for users to sign up for a premium OneDrive account. But Microsoft’s nagware behavior this past years is causing some serious concern among users.Unlike in previous versions of Windows that required a separate installation of OneDrive, Windows 10 baked Microsoft’s cloud storage service right into the OS. Perhaps a bit too much. While it was apparently spotted a few times some months ago, users are now reporting an

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