These big companies always get away with a Warning. So if I were Microsoft, then why would I not have done it this way? They can now just say "It was nice while it lasted." But that's about it.
Another point I have is that if you join the Insiders Program you have to submit your "typing data" (whatever that is). I understand that some data is required if I join the program (since I am then a tester, so some debugging data is okay). But some of the data should not always be submitted automatically, even if I am a tester. Data such as my typing data and full memory dumps.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/27/the-largest-fines-dished-out... - over 1.5 billion in fines, they were made to release versions without a media player, they were made to offer a browser selection window.
edit: My question is that when you have a company that has a track record, why do government contracts and private enterprise keep begging on the same street corner, instead of looking for work elsewhere, that is to say, why do they keep going back to Windows and not invest elsewhere as investment would lead to an acceptable (to them) enterprise Linux (Red Hat++ exists!)
Just being understanding and being sorry generally works for me :-)
 This happens once every two or three years?
While MS is working on some open source tools (Typescript is one example I can think of), they seem to have no problem violation licenses with their Windows tools (to only release code when they have no other choice)  .
> clearer about their data collection
Please remind me why an OS that you paid good money for (>$100) needs to collect your personal data and usage at all? :)
 - https://www.osnews.com/story/21882/Microsoft_s_Linux_Kernel_...
 - http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-admits-its-gpl-violat...
Disclosure: employee since 2008
More recently they build an emulator for running Linux binaries (Bash), which again is closed source .
> relationship between Microsoft and Open Source couldn't be more different today than it was then
Please mention some examples of this?
 - https://github.com/Microsoft/BashOnWindows/issues/178
Today, the company has a lot of standardized procedures and tools around the consumption of external open source -- and, in fact, actively encourages it. Along with that comes awareness of appropriate and not appropriate usage. In the nine-year old example you give, that's obviously not an appropriate usage.
I'm not sure what your point is about the reimplementation of the Linux kernel API inside Windows. Most large software companies build some amount of closed source software. I don't know what decisions might lead to this being opened or not opened, but there are very few people who'd argue that a company should publish or make available all of their source code.
That MS consumes open source for their own good comes not at all unexpected to me. However, consuming is not contributing. I believe you made to point that MS now contributes to the OSS community. I may have misunderstood.
> I'm not sure what your point is about the reimplementation of the Linux kernel API inside Windows. Most large software companies build some amount of closed source software
Most companies don't clone FOSS but build on top of it instead. Also most companies are pretty open about using OSS (crediting the projects and their source code). I haven't seen a single written line from MS crediting GNU and the Linux community for their work. They only credit MS and their own people. (Some recent examples:  )
 - https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/wsl/2016/07/08/bash-on-ubun...
 - https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/heyscriptingguy/2016/09/...
When they open-source software that is specifically to try to get the dev/tech community somewhat back onto their side. Which is the customer group that complains the loudest about their data collection and which has the only real chance of wandering off to the competition.
I would love this. We have now lost data from overnight tests multiple times thanks to Windows Update.
Is Android going to be the next target, please?
But I wouldn't mind if they went after android for the purpose of making it clearer what's being tracked and gathered.
It's not but they insist that you do in an unclear way every time you open google maps.
On Android 7.x:
Settings -> Location -> Recent location requests, tap each service, tap 'Permissions' and revoke the permissions for each app that has it.
Settings -> Location -> Location services, tap each service and disable everything.
That seems to fix it for me. Of course, at some random time in the future, Google will enable them again. I'm fairly certain I disabled this a few times already.
The previous N versions only have no Windows Media Player --- something a lot of users either want or don't care about, so no wonder they weren't popular.
The only time I've seen it was on the MSDN download page. Nowhere else.
"Nobody wanted it" was a dishonest statement. It was not available -> nobody bought it -> so nobody "wanted" it.
Next year new data-protection EU-law will be introduced, it will hit companies like Facebook, Google and MS, it will also affect your company, so take a read what's changing http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/business-n...
GDPR is huge and #1 on just about every priority list. Accounting for every single piece of (even theoretically) personally identifiable information, access restrictions to said data, storage time limits, logging of access and changes (without logging anything sensitive) and everything else is a gigantic undertaking.
Every single system we have that stores or even just caches data is affected by this, and it's tying up a large amount of our resources.
As a consumer I certainly welcome the GDPR, but as someone who works in IT, holy shit our workloads have increased.
Finally there might be a drawback to just collect just because it seems to be valuable and might be exploitable tomorrow. The vast majority of companies never even recovers the development cost of collecting the data, no wonder they don't have the energy left to secure it.
I don't know what kind of nasty data the marketing department keeps, I'm only looking at the engine room :-)
But no--we just let them do as they wish.
(I don't blame anyone. Just making rent here seems like the last straw. Not the best/greatest anymore?)
There is no reason for Google or Microsoft to track any individuals location, buying preferences or interests. They are fickle and change forget days hour to hour. They perpetuate echo chambers and promote narrow segmented views rather than universal information.
So historical data is useless. And the very idea of tracking location and being blase about it seeking to 'normalize' it is deeply invasive, odious and authoritarian. It's not normal to stalk people. These companies have become monsters with no ethical constraints in search of more ad revenue and there is going to be a massive backlash soon.
I guess they'll go for 1). No that I mind, I almost always say "yes" when asked to participate in improvement programs.