Windows 10 build 14393.82 brings fixes for Cortana, PowerShell and Xbox One

It has reached 14% of W10 phones and half of those are up to Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update. The annoying upgrade system tray app that kept changing, the move to push Windows 10 as a recommended upgrade and a number of other schemes created to aggressively push Windows 10 have drawn severe criticism, with many complaining that Microsoft is almost harassing users to upgrade.

The post concludes by reiterating a point that many analysts have argued, which is: by distributing Windows 10 with the default Windows Update settings to users automatically, Microsoft has risked the possibility that many users may revolt against its privacy settings, and therefore switch off automatic updates entirely.

Although users can choose to disable some settings, it's no guarantee that their Windows 10 machine will cease collecting data and sending it back to Microsoft.

As for the KB3176936, Microsoft did not release a changelog and only said that it "makes stability improvements for the Windows 10 Version 1607 servicing stack".

Cortana also gets some new capabilities, and Microsoft has allowed third-party web apps and services to tap into its Windows Hello functionality.

EFF also brought into the attention the link between security patches and stored data.

Although the software giant recently stopped offering a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to users, Kalia criticized the company's aggressive upgrade strategies. The company only tweaked its notification after paying one user $10,000 over an automatic Windows 10 installation dispute.

Microsoft is no stranger to transparency issues but the Windows 10 is making a lot of users wary of their privacy. Has Microsoft gone too far in collecting data from users and linking security to privacy?

Just as it has started doing for its Twitter and Facebook Lumia accounts, Microsoft has announced it will begin shutting down its regional Lumia Instagram accounts, opting instead to consolidate them under one global account.

"We worked with partners to make sure their applications continued to function throughout this change, but we have done a poor job communicating this change out to you guys. Windows 10 continues to have the highest satisfaction of any version of Windows".

Vanessa Coleman