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[–] Craxic 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

So what's your point? That Microsoft has to keep up with the privacy invasions that Apple and Google are doing in order to maintain profitability of their operating system? That sounds like the right reasoning to me. Doesn't change the fact that privacy is being forceably invaded at an operating system level if you choose to use Windows 10.

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[–] e0steven 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Well the point is that to make 'magic' services work like Google Now, Cortana, and Siri work they need access to a lot of personal data. I've seen enough posts and blogs and how-to's crop up that go into detail on how to turn off a lot of this functionality. Is it apparent and easy-to-access? No, and that's my biggest complaint.

I think their profitability (long term) is going to be continue to sell their OS to OEM and businesses (which is their main OS money maker anyway, not consumers) and make the WIndows Store a platform/storefront/'thing' that makes them money by selling you stuff other people made (Play Store/Apple Store/Amazon Store).

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[–] Craxic 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I agree that privacy features should be much easier to turn off, and I conceed that much of the concern over Windows 10 may be fear mongering (although I would have to research it in more depth to determine what is true and what isn't).

What concerns me is that I don't see why our data has to be sent to MS, Google or Apple to be processed. Why can't Cortana just be a piece of local software with Internet features when it needs it. Why do the contents of my emails need to be sent to Microsoft to be analyzed? Surely their algorithms don't need that level of protection. And they can still keep it as a paid service too, ala Creative Cloud. I think of some reasons it would be easier for Microsoft to keep Cortana server sided, but at the expense of going through the contents of my emails? No thanks, I hope others can see why that's a bad deal too.