Saturday, October 04, 2014

Windows 10 (TP version) it is…

OK, so at first we thought it might be “Win 9” but the TP name is now known to be “Windows 10”.

Why 10? Well speculation continues, but the most logical explanation put forward (which in the InterWeb of things means it must be totally Photo shopped) is that some software coding looks for Win 95/98 versions with a wildcard routine…so Windows 9 might trip it and muck things up worse.

So there you go.

Also for the tinfoil hat wearers out there, be aware that the Windows 10 TP version EULA from Microsoft contains some strong usage/behavior monitoring should you decide to download, install, and accept the privilege of running it.

Windows 10 TP “Privacy Statements” PSA

Windows 10 Technical Preview: Data protection declaration allows Microsoft to collect almost any data (GTranslated) - Caschys Blog.

Want to read it for yourself directly from Microsoft?

Also, if your PC runs into problems, Microsoft will likely examine your system files. If the privacy of your system files is a concern, consider using a different PC. For more info, read our privacy statement.

Data We Collect

Microsoft collects many kinds of information in a variety of ways in order to operate effectively and provide you the best products, services and experiences we can. We may combine this data with information that is linked to your user ID, such as information contained in your Microsoft account.

When you acquire, install and use the Program, Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage. For example, when you:

  • install the Program, we may collect information about your device and applications and use it for purposes such as determining or improving compatibility,

  • use voice input features like speech-to-text, we may collect voice information and use it for purposes such as improving speech processing,

  • open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use it for purposes such as improving performance, or

  • enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features.

The Program contains internet-enabled features and social functionality. When these features are used, they transmit certain standard computer information ("Standard Computer Data") to Microsoft. Standard Computer Data may include information about the Program computing environment such as IP address, network status, operating conditions and information about devices and software used with the Program.

The Program contains internet-enabled features that transmit performance or usage information to Microsoft (“Experience Data”). Experience Data may include information about the Program’s performance and reliability, such as how quickly the Program responds when you click a button or how many problems you experience with the Program. Experience Data may also include information about your use of the Program, such as the features used most often or how frequently you launch programs. Experience Data may be collected through the use of cookies or similar technologies; learn more below.

So, use caution and contemplation before deploying it in a production network/environment with live user-data/files.

Of course, to Microsoft’s favor, that should be part of the “benefit” we get for first-access to their product so they can monitor and improve it for everyone.

Just something to keep in mind.

Moving on…to the Win 10 TP general linkage

Installation Options for Win 10 TP

Command Prompt feature adds in Win 10 TP

Even Deeper Technical Features of Win 10 TP

Start Menu and Related Features of Win 10 TP

I’ve not yet enrolled in the “Insider” program and downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview bits yet, but will probably do so and run in a tightly locked down virtualized environment.

However, if the primary feature sets revolve around the Start Menu and don’t deliver some killer kernel-level and OS enhancements, I’m probably not moving off Windows 7 anytime soon after it’s release.  Lavie will probably want it on her Win 8.1 system though…

And so the great Windows OS experiment continues…


Claus Valca

1 comment:

FF Extension Guru said...

Going to be installing the Windows 10 TP in VirtualBox shortly. Got a machine that I am using for experimenting which dual boots Win 7 Pro and Ubuntu. Just running into troubles getting the ISO to copy to the Flash Drive.

Also I think that explanation for going to Windows 10 makes sense.