Mobile milestone: Android overtakes Windows PC usage for first time

As Microsoft announced last week, the Windows 10 Creators Update will start rolling out to users on April 11. Windows 10, on the other hand, has now been adopted by 54 per cent of businesses.

"For the first time, we have published a complete list of the diagnostic data collected at the Basic level", Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group (WDG) chief Terry Myerson said today. While the company says that it has worked "to minimize data collection at the Basic level", the breakdown it provides about just what is collected is in a form that many people will simply find impenetrable.

The final adjustment being made for the Creators Update is an greater control over the voice data that Cortana collects. Telemetry isn't new to Windows, but prior to Windows 10 it was always opt-in, through schemes such as the Customer Experience Improvement Program and Windows Error Reporting.

Apparently, Microsoft has made a major effort to ensure that the Basic level of diagnostic reporting only collects the bare minimum of data.

According to Austin, Texas-based Spiceworks, an online community and resource for IT professionals and the vendors trying to reach them, the proportion of company-deployed PCs running Windows 10 was nearly double that of its predecessor, Windows 8, which powered 5% of all enterprise desktop and laptop systems.

But it's publishing the full set of data points that the Basic setting can collect that's the biggest change. The out-of-box experience shown during installation has a new settings screen for privacy options, and existing Windows 10 users will be asked to choose their privacy settings during the process of upgrading to the Creators Update. Users will then have the option to turn on/off location data, speech data, advertising relevancy data and more.

Microsoft has faced an ongoing stream of complaints by various protection watchdogs about its privacy settings since Windows 10 first launched. Telegram syncs across all devices seamlessly so users will never lose out on their conversations no matter which device they use. And in the case of diagnostic data being sent to Microsoft, Rogers said, the company's cut the amount of information it's gathering by half.

"This month, we will bring voice data to this dashboard, so you can review the data we have which improves Cortana's ability to naturally respond to your requests as your personal digital assistant".

  • Arturo Norris