Personally I have just about had it with Microsoft Windows and it’s voyeuristic unscrupulous tactics. Honestly, I spend more time trying to close privacy and potential security gaps Windows 10 reports to Microsoft, than I practically do computing with Windows.
I generally run Windows for gaming; not all games, but those that do not run well under WINE and Linux. But even that may soon change with the emergence of Vulkan, the next generation graphics API under development of Kronos in cooperation with AMD.
Vulkan or not, by this time next month I will probably remove Microsoft Windows from the last PC in my arsenal. I’m simply tired of the deception, and spending my energy countering Microsoft’s persistent digital ogling.
I highly encourage you to read the article published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation entitled, With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy: A Deep Dive.
For those of you that have held out like myself, you might find yourself at your ropes end, just like me. For those that have no concept of privacy and anonymity, you will surely have your eyes opened. Here are the opening paragraphs:
Microsoft had an ambitious goal with the launch of Windows 10: a billion devices running the software by the end of 2018. In its quest to reach that goal, the company aggressively pushed Windows 10 on its users and went so far as to offer free upgrades for a whole year. However, the company’s strategy for user adoption has trampled on essential aspects of modern computing: user choice and privacy. We think that’s wrong.
You don’t need to search long to come across stories of people who are horrified and amazed at just how far Microsoft has gone in order to increase Windows 10’s install base. Sure, there is some misinformation and hyperbole, but there are also some real concerns that current and future users of Windows 10 should be aware of. As the company is currently rolling out its “Anniversary Update” to Windows 10, we think it’s an appropriate time to focus on and examine the company’s strategy behind deploying Windows 10.
If you are considering ditching Microsoft Windows altogether, but fear moving to a new operating system such as Linux, you can easily run Linux within a virtual machine on your current Windows installation.