Microsoft Hegemony: Windows 10 – mimics The Borg

Microsoft spams corporate users with messages denigrating their IT departments
via Cory Doctorov on Boing Boing – Mar 2016

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If your company hasn’t “upgraded” your computer to Windows 10 — a tendril of surveillance capitalism masquerading as a “free OS” — you may start receiving messages from Microsoft telling you that your IT department is holding you back: “Your system administrator has blocked upgrades on this PC. Check with your system administrator about upgrading this PC to Windows 10.”

Though Windows 10 is free, previous versions were not. That means that the businesses that paid Microsoft for their previous products are now being bypassed as the company reaches out directly to their employees to try to get them to get onto the company’s preferred business-track. Forget “if you’re not paying for the product, you’re the product.” Today, no matter what, you’re the product.

Admins all over the world are waking up to an unwelcome development: Microsoft has snuck a Get Windows 10 malware variant onto their customers’ systems. All signs point to an infected Patch Tuesday update — above and beyond the Internet Explorer “security” patch with its own Windows 10 ad.

Admins beware: Domain-attached PCs are sprouting Get Windows 10 ads [Woody Leonhard/Infoworld]

1 comment to Microsoft Hegemony: Windows 10 – mimics The Borg

  • perachtis

    As of the date of this article roughly half of all computers in America are running Windows 7, while about 15% are running XP, and about 15% are running Win10. Windows 7 was the last version that was relatively free of adware and snooping malware. Windows 10 brings several layers of snooping into the O/S, from application tracking, to system utilization, to a barrage of adware in the “tiles”, and appenditures to system resources, drivers, and settings.

    The default settings enable Microsoft to obtain detailed data from the machines running Win10, which Microsoft asserts is to ‘enhance’ the utility, security, and usefulness of the O/S. Detractors claim this monitoring is unwelcome, unnecessary, intrusive, and a directed form of malware. They assert the sole function of an O/S is to act as the middle-man or translator between the computer hardware and the applications that a user selects to use; not as an arbitrator, provider, or guardian of the computing system.

    Microsoft, like the NSA, says the “meta-data” they collect and process is anonymous, and solely oriented toward providing protection and utility to entities using their system. Users are free to decide for themselves whether this assertion is valid; but a clear indication of the validity of this presentation becomes apparent when a user attempts to choose not to participate, and discovers they essentially cannot do so.

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