It looks as if users really don’t care for their online privacy — That’s why despite all the privacy concerns Windows 10 is now in 75 Million devices worldwide?
Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system, Windows 10, which is being offered as a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users, is now successfully running on more than 75 million devices, according to an announcement made by Microsoft’s Marketing Vice President Yusuf Mehdi on Twitter.
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The public release of Windows 10 was revealed on July 29th, and installation on over 75 million devices within a month is a great achievement for the software giant, making them a little bit closer to their goal of achieving a target of one billion installations within next two to three years.
Surprisingly, despite the ever-increasing security and privacy concerns over Microsoft’s controversial privacy agreement, the multinational corporation has managed to achieve a great success. And still option for an upgradation to Windows 10 is slowly rolling out to the existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, so we believe that the number will increase as more users realise that they are running out of time to get free Windows 10 upgrade option, which is valid for first year only.
“More than 75 million devices running Windows 10 – and growing every day […] More than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10.”
— Yusuf Mehdi (@yusuf_i_mehdi) August 26, 2015
— Yusuf Mehdi (@yusuf_i_mehdi) August 26, 2015
So according to the marketing VP of the corporation, that huge figure of millions also includes more than 90,000 PCs and tablet computer. He also added that “Even some devices manufactured in 2007 have upgraded” to the latest operating system.
Privacy and Security Concerns
But it seems like the footprint of Windows 10 is going to multiply significantly and users of new operating system are either not aware of Microsoft’s new privacy statements or it’s just that most of them don’t really care about their privacy anymore.
The privacy statement says,
“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.”
Within the weeks following its announcement, the security and privacy concerns have escalated. The early adopters as well as the ones who are waiting for their turn to receive an upgrade are complaining that Windows 10 is a massive data-gathering tool for Microsoft while the default settings allow the Windows to collect personal user data.
The Windows 10 is designed in such a way that it collects your data in various ways. We found out that Microsoft has implemented a new search feature that uses Cortana and redirects all of your local searches to Bing search engine and all those search data are stored on the Bing servers. In case you are concerned about this then we have outlined the steps to prevent Windows 10 from spying on your search data.
Furthermore, the torrent trackers and users are claiming that they are being monitored by Microsoft and an extensive amount of data that is why numerous tracker websites including BitTorrent and iTS have already banned the users of Windows 10 OS from viewing and accessing the website.
Microsoft stated in their new services agreement that,
“We may automatically check your version of the software, which is necessary to provide the Services and download software updates or configuration changes, without charging you, to update, enhance and further develop the Services, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.”
That is not all; Russian agencies and lawmakers have already pledged a demand to ban the usage of Windows 10 within the country because Microsoft’s new privacy statements infringe Russian laws.
And despite all this fears and strict movements, various vendors have already teamed up with Microsoft to make Windows 10 available for their hardware in an attempt to offer the latest release to their existing users. So in short, Microsoft has left none of the spying possibility untapped.
Whether you are uncomfortable with Microsoft’s new policy about gathering user data, there are steps you can follow to control what information is transmitted from your computer. But it is believed that even if you take each and every step that is required to protect your privacy, the new operating system, and their privacy will continue to allow Microsoft to snoop on your data.
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