Windows 10 – first impressions

Obviously, initial reactions to Windows 10 were going to be aired at the PC User Group meeting early in August.

IMG_20140105_175119aThere were two main themes.  First, there are still a lot of patches being sent out by Microsoft, although no really big issues have come to light apart from a few people having trouble installing it.  The general consensus was that there aren’t any “must have” features that most of us will want in the near future (and the voice recognition known as Cortana is hopeless for Australians, at least for now), so there’s  no need to rush into obtaining it until the rate at which patches are being issued slows a bit.   As I’ve previously said, I’m certainly holding off.

But the other issue, about which there was quite heated discussion, is the matter of privacy (for example, see this article).   It’s said that, with the default installation, Microsoft keeps an eye on a lot of what you do while you’re using Windows 10.  Hence, it seems we may get personalised advertisements (for example, when playing Solitaire, but perhaps there is more to come).   It also does things such as use your use bandwidth to upload data to other computers running the operating system.  Apparently, you should be careful to install it as a “local user” (as stated, I haven’t installed Windows 10, so I’m not speaking from personal experience).   The knowledgeable user can disable many of the aspects of potential concern, although they’re not all together in a single location, but one or two are said to require a degree of expertise.

But do people care?   So many of us give away a lot of personal information on Facebook, and it’s well-known that Google and Bing monitor all our searches.  Is the loss of privacy a fact of modern life?

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