Windows 10 - Should You Upgrade? The Dangers.
What? No Windows 9?
The response to Windows 8 from even long-time and loyal Microsoft customers was so vitriolic that Microsoft has done everything in its power to dissociate its new product from the old. Perhaps borrowing from Harry Potter's 'He-Who-Cannot-Be-Named' school of thought, they have gone a step further and skipped a 'Windows 9' in the hope of creating even more distance from the Windows 8 debacle.
Recovering from the disaster that was Windows 8 was never going to be easy. Would anyone trust Windows like they used to? Not after being railroaded into settling for what Windows 8 designers thought they could force down their customers' throats.
Would they pay for it this time? A LOT less likely.
So, really, this free upgrade is Microsoft's only way of getting a significant number of customers to throw in their lots with Windows 10.
Microsoft can do WHAT with my data?!
Yes, when you use Windows 10 even after turning off every single data-sharing option (there are a lot of them), your brand new OS will be sending data from your computer to Microsoft's servers. And not just any data, but data that is uniquely identifiable to you.
Then, SHARE it.
This paragraph from the EULA
“Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.”
and then, this one
"We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services."
tell you very plainly that they will share your information with other parties. The fact that these clauses are buried in small print between thousands of other sentences instead of smack-bang in the middle of their launch campaigns makes it pretty clear there is no advatage to the customer as far as Microsoft can see.
So, what do you do?
Windows 10, assessed purely in term of functionality, is good. The Cortana search feature works well and will only get better.
That said, Microsoft did not have to revamp its EULA so drastically. Aside from the forced Windows updates that started crashing computers from the very start, these privacy concerns are what are keeping the majority of Windows users from upgrading.
It is strange that the same people who decry government agencies' attempts to access data to stave off terrorist attacks are willingly giving up even more data to a company whose prime interest is money.
You have been warned.