Microsoft admits Windows 10 preview has a keylogger

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Microsoft has admitted that the new Windows 10 operating system tracks keystrokes and examines audio input. The new operating system, currently a free download for users with Windows 7 and Windows 8 licences, not only tracks how long it takes to open different types of files, the make and model of device you're using, but it's also logging keystrokes and collecting voice recordings. Microsoft will not delete data already collected from Windows 10 users.

Re: Don't really care (Score: 1)

by on 2015-01-31 19:13 (#2WVB)

Probably nothing in general, however I've seen more than once a casual user get frustrated about being in classic desktop mode, downloading a file, let's say a PDF, and when they open it the desktop goes away and they are put in the horrid Metro version of Adobe Reader. That casual user will have no clue how to change the default to open it in classic Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader or any other alternative. They will just blindly, grudgingly accept the loss of functionality they had in Windows XP or 7 with classic desktop (non-touch-"enhanced") apps. Or clicking a URL in another program like Reader or their mail program, and instead of launching Firefox or Chrome or even desktop IE, it launches Metro IE, doesn't render properly, and they have no clue how to go back.

I could go on and on, but these are real world examples I've seen that completely break workflow with the abrupt shift to full screen apps. On a tablet it's not so bad since desktop mode is the red-headed stepchild on such a device; however, on a full desktop or even non-touch laptop with traditional keyboard and mouse, it's anything from annoying to frustrating to "screw this bullshit" level, depending on the user.
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