Like many who use a Microsoft computer with the Windows operating system, we've received a pop-up message offering the new Windows 10 for free for a limited time. I've debated with myself almost every time I see it and each time I put it off for another day. The reviews are mostly good, certainly a better system than the 8 which we never bothered with. But still, I wonder, what will the change do to my computer use. Will it be a smooth transition or will there be glitches I have no idea how to fix.
So this discussion in the New York Times Tech section today will make the decision even harder. A question was given to the paper and then their answer:
Is it true that Windows 10 records what I type on the computer? If so, why?
"By default Microsoft collects data from your interaction with Windows 10. This includes typing on the keyboard, using spoken commands or writing with a stylus on a tablet or touch-screen computer. As for recording your keystrokes, the company says it does “collect your typed and handwritten words to improve character recognition and provide you with a personalized user dictionary and text completion suggestions.” Some of this collected data is stored on your PC, but some of it is uploaded to Microsoft to help improve those tools."
"...Most of the data-sharing permissions are on by default. However, you can always go back into the system and change things. Keep in mind that by doing so, you may not be able to use some of the Windows 10 apps and services that need access to your information."
All of which means I'm back to merely glancing at that pop-up box now and getting on with my own things. I like and appreciate new innovations but am not all that thrilled about the constant and continuing surveillance.