“Windows 10 spies on you”
“Windows 10 copyrights everything you own”
“Windows 10 sucks”
You may have heard a few of theses if you happen to hang out with someone who is as tech obsessed as I am but doesn’t really do there research. I’ll discuss the “Spying” in the review.
With Windows 10 their are two things that you must remember. It is 100% personalisable (I may have exaggerated there but. Yeah) and the wonderful people at Windows realized how dumb most people really are and made it completely searchable (most people use to save something somewhere, have no idea where it was, then got pi**ed off when they couldn’t find it.) Windows 8 was the first attempt at fixing that but I’m not going to defend Windows 8. It sucks.
After Windows 8 bombed Windows realized that people won’t accept change and are in fact terrified of it if it comes in a big dose (like windows 8 did). So they rolled back a little bit and instead of completely giving up on the tile idea (which I love (for once I wasn’t being sarcastic. Take note people it can happen)) to bring back the start menu which you all hold so dear to your hearts. To combine their love for the tiles and the users love for the start menu they combined them and voilà the Windows 10 start menu was born.
Here’s one Snippet from Microsoft’s privacy statement that everyone can understand: “Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to: 1.comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; 2.protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone; 3.operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or 4.protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.”
So yeah, Windows 10 does spy on you, but it is to uphold the law and make sure that you are too. You can turn these features off if you want (I bet most people do) but by default it is turned on for everyone.
First, you’ll want to open Settings and click on Privacy. There, you’ll find 13 different tabs (it’s actually pretty quick) to go through, and you’ll want to disable anything that you don’t like the sound of. Most of the concerning settings are under General but you might want to go through all the setting and all the tabs to check what else you don’t want.
Cortana is the voice activated auto search that comes with Windows 10 and all Windows phones. Before you start to use it it is high recommended that you take the 5 minutes to train Cortana to understand your voice otherwise you will be sitting there trying every tone imaginable to try and get her to acknowledge your “Hey Cortana”. So far you can only choose her accent based on the Language of the OS you installed and how you set up Windows. I’m hoping they make it possible to change the voice to somebody else entirely, (I want Peter Griffin to say” yeah, I’ll remind ya hahahaha” when I set a reminder, or maybe have Alfons Elric and tell him my name is brother, that way when I open Cortana I will hear “Yes Brother” and It will bring back ALL THE FEELS (and I’m in a tangent) that’s enough for Cortana’s voice).
You can totally disable Cortana if you wish, if you want to keep Cortana there are three options you can have to include her at the bottom of your screen. You can have the full search bar so you can click and type right away, you can have the Cortana symbol (the circle seen above) so you click that, then click search then type (I have that one as I think it looks better). The final way to do it completely hide Cortana from the taskbar so she will only respond to your voice when you say “Hey Cortana” which it responds to pretty well if you set it up and trained her to know your voice.
I’m pretty happy with Windows 10 and I’m glad I upgraded to it.
I better rap it up there, I don’t want to start droning on (with close to 1 thousand words I think I have passed that milestone). I hope you enjoyed the review and if you weren’t sure whether or not to get Windows 10, I say go for it, it helps a lot and is MILES better than windows 8.