Originally Posted by Serios
You mostly get the same services from Microsoft for free as well.
Just log in to your live account, you can access Onedrive, Office, Outlook, Calendar etc.
Also up until now i haven't seen one plausible explanation about exactly what information does Microsoft "steal".
We know they collect information about how often do you use their apps, how many photos you open and many hour you use Windows, how many hours you play and so on. But let's be hones this is childs play in comparison to Google that tries to profile you as best as they can so they can sell you as many adds as possible. Google is one of the most successful companies in the world and they achieved it through adds but it seems nobody is bothered and they don't want Microsoft to get a cut of the action. Why?
Also about Skype, I install only once the app and never seen it since then so I don't understand what you are talking about. Could you explain how is it possible that Skype doesn't install by itself on my PC.
That's fine and dandy that Microsoft offers those free services you mention. I'll even say it's great that they do and they have come a long way, especially with their Android offerings. I never said Microsoft was trying to steal anything.
All I want from Microsoft is a stable operating system, I'd pay them well for it provided adequate support and less nagging built in. At this point I'm having better success with the initial roll-out of Ubuntu 16.04 then when Windows 10 was released. Your personal software choices do vary from mine, so we can probably agree to disagree there. However they do tend to self advertise, and pre-install a lot of things instead of giving you choice on installation. I can't explain why Skype never came back for you, it has for me. Maybe we took different upgrade paths. I just remember removing it after I first upgraded, then in October it was re-enabled along with Onedrive. Honestly the DVR thing made me gag when I found out. And the forced windows update are kind of meh too, along with the naggy update message on my Windows 7 machines.
I'll just say Microsoft is generally improving, but their past misdeeds have made me skeptical of them. Yes Google uses my info to advertise to me, but they provide me web based & mobile based applications that have cross platform support, something that Microsoft is just starting to get their hands into. It can be creepy at times, but Google has made it pretty clear what data they take and why.