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[–] JesTheRed 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago  (edited ago)

For the regular user? Nothing at all.

For spying governments? It was specifically, intentionally written for them.

It's pretty obvious. No company ever gives away anything it could just as easily sell. Something/someone is subsidizing its rollout, the same way the federal government supplies pre-configured high-dollar core routers to telcos. They're smart enough not to just demand something, they make it worth the company's while to do what's asked of them.

Windows 10 just fits the era too well, and is being given away. Very clearly bad for everybody not smart enough to steer clear.

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[–] noep 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

For spying governments? It was specifically, intentionally written for them.

I'm not saying you're wrong but do you have some evidence to back this claim up? Or is this pure conjecture on your part?

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[–] JesTheRed 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Not yet, but given time it'll all be more than obvious. Microsoft switching to a free model, even if only for a moment, means they'll be covered under what is becoming a very solid truism on the Internet:

"If you're not paying for it, you ARE the product."

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/futureoftheinternet/2012/03/21/meme-patrol-when-something-online-is-free-youre-not-the-customer-youre-the-product/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/marketshare/2012/03/05/if-youre-not-paying-for-it-you-become-the-product/

http://lifehacker.com/5697167/if-youre-not-paying-for-it-youre-the-product

Now who might be paying MS for unfettered access to data?

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[–] noep 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

They also want to make sure everyone knows they're sorry for how bad Windows 8 was

Lol, good one.

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[–] Voluptuous_Panda 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

So when it comes out, you have the option of installing it or not right? It won't automatically install? I signed up for it when I first heard about it because I didn't like windows 8.1 much, but the more I find out about it, the more I'd rather stick with 8.1.

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[–] JesTheRed 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yes, the only reason they set up a "preorder" system is to judge the expected rollout load and build the right size infrastructure for it. You can use the same tool you used to secure your upgrade to cancel it.

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[–] SkepticalSquirrel [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Do you think MS would do something like this given all the worry about privacy. I mean if someone found a back door the public backlash would be out of control.

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[–] JesTheRed 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I actually do. Money > backlash, and CEO's/politicians are caring less and less about getting caught, because realistically it won't really impact their bottom line. There are, simply put, enough fully ignorant people in the world that even if MS got caught grinding up poor children to create the superfluous packaging for W10 it'd cost them no more than 1% of sales. Wholesale violation of privacy won't even cost them a day of business.