Latest Windows Insider Build Shows New Privacy Screen Settings

08 March, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Microsoft Previews New Privacy Screen For Windows Insiders

The Windows S mode will be an option inside of existing windows OS versions like Home and Pro and will provide the streamlined functions and faster boot times of the previous Windows 10 S operating system.

The messaging on the software was always a bit messy, though, and the company didn't really do itself any favors by launching it on the high-end Surface Laptop. In a rather freaky development, however, it turns out that the Windows 10 S was actually hiding the full version of Windows 10 - a feature that could be unlocked on the majority of operating systems for a $50 fee. While the stated intentions of the operating system - improved performance, security and reliability - appear to benefit users, the reality of having no desktop apps still isn't suitable for most customers. Understandably, it's been a bit hard to determine how to classify what's essentially functioned as a forked version of the company's broader OS.

Last September, Microsoft extended the deadline to upgrade from Windows 10 S to regular Windows 10 by three months, with the new deadline being March 31, 2018. Released to Insiders yesterday, the latest preview version of Windows 10 also fixes a number of existing bugs that cause the operating system to load incorrectly or crash.

What do you think of Microsoft's decision to drop Windows 10 S entirely in favor of "S Mode"? The big problem is that the control panels in Windows 10 Home and Pro don't allow you to disable all of Microsoft's data collection (such as telemetry and diagnostic data).

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Recent rumors had suggested that Microsoft was planning to scrap its paid upgrade scheme for some Windows 10 S device owners who want to upgrade to Windows 10.

Authorities in France, for example, took formal action against Microsoft in 2016 for "excessive collection of personal data", although they closed that case in June after the company introduced a new privacy dashboard and other changes.

Some recent estimates suggest Chrome OS now owns about 60% of the USA education market in grades K-12.

Microsoft is touting that this platform will provide apps with low-latency processing by using local capabilities to deliver real-time results.

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