Microsoft Previews New Privacy Options, Plans To Demote Windows 10 S

Developers and others in Microsoft's Windows Insiders program are getting a first look at new privacy options to control what kinds of user information the company can access for the purpose of improving its products and services.

Microsoft said the new privacy settings will roll out to customers with the next Windows 10 update this spring. Released to Insiders yesterday, the latest preview version of Windows 10 also fixes a number of existing bugs that cause the operating system to load incorrectly or crash.

Meanwhile, Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore revealed in a comment on Twitter yesterday that next year Microsoft plans to demote its Windows 10 S operating system to a mode rather than continuing to support it as a completely distinct version of Windows. Microsoft had positioned Windows 10 S, released just last May, as its "lightweight" operating system alternative to Google's Chrome OS.

Seeking 'Multiple Points of View' on Privacy

Since releasing Windows 10 in July 2015, Microsoft has been criticized for the amount of data the operating system collects about users and sends back to the company for analysis. Microsoft says such information helps it improve its products and services, but privacy advocates and regulators haven't always agreed.

Authorities in France, for example, took formal action against Microsoft in 2016 for "excessive collection of personal data," although they closed that case in June after the company introduced a new privacy dashboard and other changes.

With the latest privacy update now being tested by Windows Insiders, Microsoft is adding two new options to let users control the data gathered while using tools for typing, inking, and device location. Insiders will see different versions of the new privacy interface, allowing Microsoft to see which options might work best for a wider audience.

"By offering multiple experiences to our Insiders, we're...

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