[Podcast] Why is Everyone Freaking Out About Windows 10?

So now that Windows 10 is out and there has been millions of downloads, FUD-mongers* have been tripping out about some of the Windows 10 elements. Here’s the deal:

**FUD = Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

  1. Windows as a Service has to do with updates, not a subscription fee.
    No, there will not be a monthly or annual recurring fee for updates. When you buy Windows, you own the license as long as the computer exists or until your enterprise agreement expires. So chill. Seriously.
  2. No, there is not a key logger sending every key stroke to Microsoft.
    Take off your tin foil hat, because Microsoft doesn’t care about your TPS report. Does Windows 10 share some data with the mothership? Yes, but you can turn it off, and you can see how to here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-violates-your-privacy-by-default-heres-how-you-can-protect-yourself/
    And no, the people at Microsoft are not reptilian aliens from a distant galaxy who are trying to steal your bank account info. Most of them are very nice humans. Again, chill, it’s not that serious.
  3. Yes, you can share your Wi-fi password with your Facebook friends and Outlook contacts.
    Yes, it’s secure.
    No, they cannot actually see it, just use it if they happen to be at your house (or business).
    Yes, you can disable it by adding _optout at the end of your SSID (your wireless network name). See this: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/how-to/wp8/connectivity/how-do-i-opt-my-network-out-of-wi-fi-sense
  4. Will Windows 10 fundamentally change how you use your computer?
    No, probably not. There’s some new toys, a new paint job, but it’s still Windows. If your stuff ran on Windows 8, it’ll probably run on Windows 10. Oh yeah, the Start menu you remember from the good old days is back, but has some new fanciness.
  5. Do you have to upgrade to Windows 10?
    No you do not.
  6. Is Windows 10 cool?
    Well, you won’t get any hipster merit badges for upgrading, but you will be more secure as updates are delivered automatically in the background.

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