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)