It can be difficult to separate the successes of Windows 10 from its failures in regards to user privacy, but the latest operating system from Microsoft is one of its best yet. I’m constantly surprised by how few issues I’ve run into since upgrading to Windows 10, but despite its relative stability, there are still a few things I’d change if I had the ability to do so. More →
I’m not sure we’ve gone a week without a new story about Windows 10 invading our privacy, and this week is no exception. Earlier this week, The Independent noticed that Windows 10 will automatically send parents detailed logs of their childrens’ Internet activity by default if they open up a family account on the computer.
There’s no warning for either the children or the parents that this is happening, which raises some very serious questions about Microsoft’s right to decide what information parents have access to. More →
For most people, Bing hasn’t yet come close to supplanting Google as their search engine of choice. But Microsoft’s Bing team, to its credit, keeps on plugging away, slowly but surely refining and improving their search results over time.
Bing is also getting a bit better at harnessing some of that search whimsy that Google has seemingly perfected over the course of many years. In the most recent example, there’s an awesome easter egg the Bing team has hidden in its search results that you might want to check out and play.
Did you just wake up from a month-long nap? News flash: Windows 10 is here! Microsoft’s hotly anticipated next-generation desktop and tablet operating system was released to the public nearly one month ago, and the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Sure there have been a few speed bumps on the road (here are 5 common problems people are having with Windows 10 and how to fix them) and sure the launch has had a scandal or two (Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do, but here’s how to stop it) but by and large, people love Windows 10… because it’s not Windows 8.
One of the most talked about new features in Windows 10 is the Start Menu, which is actually an old Windows feature that was sorely missed in Windows 8. But did you know that there’s a special “secret” Start Menu in Windows 10 that you’ve probably never even seen before? More →
Microsoft is expected to hold a special October media event during which the company will supposedly unveil new hardware, including the new Surface Pro 4 laptop/notebook and high-end Lumia devices. While it’s not clear how many distinct Surface Pro 4 versions Microsoft will announce, a new report is saying the company is preparing to release tablet devices with screen sizes bigger than 11-inch, that would put the device of Apple’s Retina MacBook and MacBook Pro, and MacBook Airs. More →
One more major Windows 10 hassle: Upgrading your computer might mess with your free Windows 10 activation
Windows 10 is one of the most praised, Microsoft products of the year, but the new operating system isn’t providing users with a hassle-free experience. Privacy concerns, upgrade bugs, massive data consumption, and future update worries are just of the few instances where Windows 10 has proven to be quite an annoying new OS. In case that’s not enough, there’s one more reason to worry about your free Windows 10 install, especially if you’re the kind of PC user who constantly upgrades his or her desktop. More →
Microsoft has a mini PR mess on its hands when it comes to Windows 10’s default privacy settings. Microsoft can and will collect all kinds of data from your Windows 10 computer, much of it without your explicit knowledge. However, the company is not quietly covering up these data collection features and is instead explaining to users why they’re in place while offering them measures to disable some of the spy tools. Recent reports have also uncovered a troubling provision in Microsoft’s terms of service that suggests the company may forcefully remove and/or prevent users from enjoying copyrighted content that has been downloaded illegally on machines running Windows 10 and counterfeit hardware.
Torrent sites that provide access to illegal digital content, including movies, TV shows, music, and games, are already worried about that particular revelation and at least three of them looking at banning users that have updated to Windows 10. More →
20 years ago today, Microsoft launched Windows 95 and forever changed the way people across the world use computers. While Apple enthusiasts will be quick to tell you that many of the more well-received Windows 95 features had long been available on the Mac, the far-reaching impact of Windows 95 simply can’t be overstated. Because the Mac at the time had a rather insignificant marketshare, Windows 95, for many people, represented their first introduction to the world of modern computing.
The terms and conditions of Windows 10 give Microsoft the right to install system software updates whether users like it or not. While this approach certainly has some advantages from a security standpoint, there is something fundamentally jarring about being completely left in the dark about what type of updates your system is receiving.