If you use Express setup when you're installing Windows 10, you're essentially duplicating the same sort of tracking behavior found with Google. Ads, performance data, location, stuff like that. Again, this isn't your browser – this is your operating system. Short of never connecting to the Internet, your only way to avoid this is to manually customize your settings. Anyone comparing this to a search engine is reaching pretty hard here.
Now the next privacy concern is something that has been the subject of much debate. Windows sharing your wifi "password" with friends over social media using a tool called Wi-Fi Sense. In reality, it's sharing an encrypted version of your wifi password with other social media accounts. The idea being, if all of your friends use Windows 10, asking them for their wifi password will be a thing of the past.
Because it's encrypted, I see this as less of a security issue and more of an instance of Microsoft stepping out bounds. See, users like myself may not want their friends to magically have full LAN access on their network. If I want them to connect, I'd have them use my guest access point that is isolated from the rest of my LAN. The idea that Windows knows best is asinine and done in poor taste. If the feature must be included, prompt folks to turn it on after explaining what it does. Don't assume everyone wants this sort of thing by default.
Because I don't trust Microsoft any further than I can throw them, I did some digging to make sure this password information wasn't foolishly being stored in plain text within the registry. From what I can determine, it looks like they at least keep it out of a plain text environment.
Windows 10 is most definitely better in terms of appearance than past Windows releases. But it still has need for polish, consistency and better support for stuff like function keys. The company line is that Windows 10 is an ongoing work in progress, and they'll continue to provide us with updates. But that's just the way Microsoft does things. Windows updates has two ways to provide updates and in both cases it's set to install updates by default. Security is fine, but sometimes updates break operating systems. Windows, OS X and Linux distributions all suffer from this sometimes.
No, I won't be using Windows anytime soon. It was interesting to try, but I'm afraid I prefer a deeper level of control than Windows 10 is willing to give me. Heck, if this was Linux, I'd be able to easily switch to another desktop where redundant menus weren't a consideration. Sadly with Windows 10, Microsoft is firmly in the drivers seat and those who use Windows are merely along for the ride.
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