Windows 10 reaction: Microsoft takes the good with the bad

You probably heard that Windows 10, Microsoft’s big operating system upgrade, became available this week.

Microsoft said Thursday it saw 14 million Windows 10 installations in the first 24 hours after it first became available. And by the way, it’s loving all the positive vibes/reviews/posts about the new OS.

From a blog post by Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of the Windows and devices group at Microsoft:

When Windows 10 began development, we could only dream of some of these headlines:

CNN: “Windows 10 is Seriously Great”
AOL: “Microsoft Wants Your Help in Changing the World”
Wired: “Before We Go any Further, You Should Upgrade to Windows 10”

But — you know there’s always a but. Remember all the time you whiled away playing solitaire on the computer? Now Windows 10 is being criticized over privacy concerns, including turning solitaire into a freemium game with ads you can’t skip. You know, like those games you play on your smartphone.

The Guardian also notes that online commenters galore are complaining about, among other things: personalized ads embedded in the OS; the ability for online sharing of WiFi passwords; and no ability to opt out of security updates. And the European digital rights organization criticizes Microsoft’s 45 pages of terms and conditions, saying it gives the company a lot of leeway when it comes to collecting user information — something the Guardian points out has pretty much become the norm, especially for mobile operating systems.


Photo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demonstrates new features of Windows 10 at the company’s headquarters Jan. 21, 2015. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)


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  • greg

    Sounds like the haters are struggling to find anything bad to say …. crying about ads in a free card game is pretty lame, when you consider the Million or so games that have advert support…. (oh and I mean literally a million.)

    • John Giallanza

      Agreed. I never understood playing solitaire on a Windows PC anyways. Just get a deck of cards and play it for real? Everyone is so quick to get butthurt now a days.

  • Master Troll

    [facepalm] «No ability to opt out of security updates» – because that is a bad thing, right??? [/facepalm]

    • sd

      Generally, no. But sometimes the timing of the update is really bad. Or the update screws up some vital capability and leaves no immediate workaround. It’s not like every Microsoft coder always serves up perfect code…

    • John Giallanza

      Eh, people get moody when they don’t have complete control. IT Admins have the ability to push whatever updates they want in a domain environment. For any normal home or office user who likes to click ‘YES’ to everything because they don’t read, mandated updates are fantastic.

  • Rude Hellerman

    People used to rave about Adolf Hitler when he first came on the scene!!!

  • n f

    it might appear that its all the “love” is coming from paid shills. if i wanted my computer in 2015 to look like windows 1.0 id get a time machine, not the nasty boring gross metro interface.

  • Chucky

    I hated Microsoft for ripping me off with ME and Vista, they are back in my good books with 10.