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Data mining. More data mining. Endless data mining. Infinite data mining. wink.gif

Same as any other IT company? It is interesting how people get upset about privacy infringement on PC but completely ignore the fact that their phones have been mining data for ages.

Privacy should be important universally, having only one entity data mining is too much. If you want privacy, then data mining must be eliminated at all sources.
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There is heavy naivety in this thread.

1. Microsoft will not go 'bankrupt' from losing a portion of the 'gaming' market.
2. Microsoft is hands down the market leader for corporate OS distribution - period. Far more money there than in the hacked versions or legally bought versions many gamers use.
3. Microsoft, Apple, and Google - those three companies combined have more market share than all of the stock markets in the world, combined.
4. Microsoft is a company and openly traded. It carries a responsibility to increase their profits and shareholders.
5. The 'spying' from all of the data collection MS is getting is literally no different than you signing up, logging in to, and using - a Google account.
6. MS actually pitched this OS very intelligently - by giving several groups of end users outside of large corporations that need enterprise support - a free upgrade. They've never done that before.
7. MS doesn't give a rat's rear end what you do with your computer. But, like Google, Apple, Facebook, and other companies who build business around data collection - they will use the data to improve usability, make suggestions for individuals or groups, or improve services, software and infrastructure.

Get over it already. Seriously. There are much more important things to whine, cry, and complain about than what MS is doing with Windows 10. Try any of these on for size:

1. The Presidential Election for 2016.
2. The reality that seasonal patterns around the globe have shifted, whether or not due to human interference.
3. We are running out of sources of clean water and still have not built enough desalination plants to replace fresh water supply around the globe.
4. We cannot continue to feed the masses are are being fed in this world populated by 7.5 billion humans.
5. Etc, etc etc.
    
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Unless somone is able to show that there is a performance deficit here, then there are honestly more important things happening in the world. Edit, lol as above
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Those arguments make no sense. It's still completely normal to be annoyed and complain about certain Windows 10 decisions about privacy. For this topic here, it doesn't really matter that a lot of other things in the world are a lot more broken.
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My post was about naivety - not privacy. I would assume any intelligent person could put the two together, simply because that's how it works in my mind.

Not saying anyone in the thread isn't intelligent - just naive.

It is human nature (or is it?) to complain I suppose.
    
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My post was about naivety - not privacy.

He said it was 'normal to be annoyed' about privacy. You are using the word 'about' in too loose a sense.
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They also said we couldn't disable windows updates. Did it anyway. I'll disable Cortana too. They don't have to give me a choice, I know their OS well enough to know how to take my choice back. Sorry Microsoft.
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lol people still think data mining is for "usability" improvements and even call others naive? there's some genuine dunce material in this thread
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Im surprised no ones mentioned this BUT, my Cortana can't even be turned on.

From MS themselves,

"To use Cortana, your region and language settings have to be aligned. Check the following list of regions where Cortana is available, and the corresponding language for each of those regions."

So unless they change this (which i didnt read the article so idk), just set your region to English UK and your language to English US or wherever you are and there you go. My pc is set to France locale as im in France, my french is good but 15yrs of working on PCs in English and i set my language to English US and my keyboard to QWERTY UK (cheaper to get from the UK then to get frm the US and they are almost identical.

If they change this option though someone will find a regedit or something else to disable it. In my case i can't even turn it on.
Yeah, nah, you still get Search instead of Contana, so you get all the data mining with only some of the "benefits".
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I think I can see what they are doing. A lot of people are getting exposure to Siri and Google Now!, whereas a lot of Windows users are turning Cortana off as soon as they install Win10. For Cortana to have a fighting chance against Siri and Google Now! it needs the tens of millions of uses per day that the competition is seeing, so that the service can be improved.

A lot of people are claiming this kind of virtual assistant is the future of interactions with computers, and if someone high up in Microsoft believes this also, you can understand that they would want to force this technology on people when they find that many people are rejecting it without trying it, to make sure they keep up with the trend that could result in one of the major software/os/hardware companies dominating the others.

If virtual assistants are the future of interactions with computers (which I don't like the idea of - dumbing down of society 'n' all that) like some are saying, Microsoft not forcing people to use Cortana so that they can improve the service could mean the death of the company tongue.gif
Edited by spinFX - 7/28/16 at 1:14am
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