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Users like us are small percentage of M$ sales. Majority being mobile and corporate.

The IT departments that run corporate environments tend to not like 10 either, whether it be on a personal level or the dread of trying to support the average user. Even with access to 10 Enterprise, my company currently isn't deploying 10 on newly ordered machines unless individuals request it.
    
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It's dreadful in a school environment as well.
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i'm glad cortana was so successful that ms decided to perma enable it for it's 1 year anniversary. i wish i could be part of the celebrations over in redmond

thank you for your constant support ms, your watchful eye. thank you for protecting me from myself. only god knows what im capable of when i'm left in total control of my own machine

i mean im hardly ever harassed on the web with ads, and i hardly even noticed the new ones baked into my start menu. i love how convenient it is to be told what i need to buy instead of actually thinking for myself

how many times have i said to myself... man searching for stuff is such a difficult and annoying task, i wish i had a virtual assistant to index my local drives contents alongside the wasteland that is the www

thank you MS, you're my new best friend thumb.gif
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i'm glad cortana was so successful that ms decided to perma enable it for it's 1 year anniversary. i wish i could be part of the celebrations over in redmond

thank you for your constant support ms, your watchful eye. thank you for protecting me from myself. only god knows what im capable of when i'm left in total control of my own machine

i mean im hardly ever harassed on the web with ads, and i hardly even noticed the new ones baked into my start menu. i love how convenient it is to be told what i need to buy instead of actually thinking for myself

how many times have i said to myself... man searching for stuff is such a difficult and annoying task, i wish i had a virtual assistant to index my local drives contents alongside the wasteland that is the www

thank you MS, you're my new best friend thumb.gif

Best sarcasm ever! thumb.gif
     
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I don't think anybody has mentioned this yet, but from Microsoft's wording (see below) and the fact that Cortana now is the search box, whether you're signed up with a Microsoft account or not, this means that local searches don't exist anymore. Everything you search for on your computer will now be a hybrid local + on-line (read: Bing powered) search. Information about your local stuff will then be beamed out onto the Internet and they will thus be able to build a database of stuff that you potentially have on your local storage.
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With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana. Customers can expect the same great search experience powered by Bing

Is this coming from the same company that launched the Scroogled campaign, telling people that, unlike Google, they weren't scanning people's e-mails to target them ads? Isn't this, by their own standards, several degrees higher up the scale of unacceptable privacy invasion and shameless?


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Not on Professional versions as those are generally used in SMBs. They would kill themselves if they removed the ability to disable Cortana for SMBs, as they poses a massive security risk to those SMBs.

I already hinted at the possibility of Microsoft removing that, since in April 2016 they removed the ability to turn off Windows Store in Windows 10 Pro. Which was used by some SMBs. As such, it is just a matter of time until they remove the policy editing of Cortana. The latest news are hinting precisely in that direction:

[Winaero] Microsoft locks some Group Policy options to Enterprise editions in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

[gHacks] Microsoft removes policies from Windows 10 Pro

The short rundown is this. Microsoft will be removing the ability to control these following items from the GPE in Windows 10 Pro:
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Disable the Lock screen
Do not show Windows tips
Turn off Microsoft consumer experiences

Cortana can no longer be disabled via GPE in Windows 10 Pro in 3, 2, 1, BOOM! [Why is there no Michael Bay-esque explosion emoticon? biggrin.gif]

P.S. For the people inquiring about the RegEdit workaround, yes, it still works for now, and the instructions are in the gHacks article from my original post.


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This is too important to be just a post. I created a thread about it: http://www.overclock.net/t/1607267/winaero-microsoft-locks-some-group-policy-options-to-enterprise-editions-in-windows-10-anniversary-update
 
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This is what happens when you buy into a service...
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What are you talking about? I search for files all the time across 4 different drives and Cortana finds every single one no problem...

 

Good for you.


For me, by the time it finds files I could have just opened Windows Explorer and used its search bar and received near instant results. Cortana/Bing or whatever its called these days would still be churning to find what I'm looking for.


In my experience, its utterly slow and useless.

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I'm not one of those who likes to sing the MS hate songs but I do not appraise them too. I do not like the approach they are taking with all these. Other companies do these and worse and can get away with it because they were doing it from beginning straight away without covering it. We do not expect the same behaviour from MS though. They are also not transparent. Google is way more transparent on this. You can actually turn off Google Now same with Siri in iOS. Also Google launched new tools so you can see what exactly collects and you can even download those data, turn off many of them and revise some. With Cortana things are quite shady. You can't turn her off easily and we do not know what happens in the background. Also those wierd movement in the Pro version makes me wonder what the heck are they trying to do and why they are not transparent about it. Windows 7 and 8.1 maybe are an option against 10 but only for a while as support will be dropped for those. On newer hardware you will need 10 too. As for Linux yeah it is not a viable option yet and dunno if it will ever be to be honest.
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For what its worth, the windows 10 search function has always been cortana. If you delete the cortana executable it removes search with it as well.
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Is this coming from the same company that launched the Scroogled campaign, telling people that, unlike Google, they weren't scanning people's e-mails to target them ads? Isn't this, by their own standards, several degrees higher up the scale of unacceptable privacy invasion and shameless?
They're just as bad with that. On my Windows Phone (a Lumia 640), I booked a flight for my girlfriend (now fiancee) from Florida a few weeks ago, and had the itinerary emailed to both me and her--to my Gmail account no less--and Cortana scanned my Gmail and asked me if I wanted status updates on the flight, which wasn't going to take place for another 10 days!

That kind of freaked me out. At least it asked me if I wanted the updates, but it never occurred to me that Cortana would do that.
     
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