Cloud unavoidable with Windows 10

Research has shown that Windows 10 customers are using cloud computing, even if they have disabled services such as OneDrive and Cortana.

An investigation has shown that messages are being sent back from the user’s system to Microsoft’s servers. This news has caused some concern; however, Microsoft says that no data of this kind is stored by Microsoft, in accordance with the privacy settings of the customer. Most of this data is anonymous usage logging; however, this does mean that access to the Microsoft servers is available both ways.

Consumers expect their computer services to make smart recommendations and that services are continually improved. It is now a default setting that providers such as Microsoft obtain access to users’ computers, not only for data collection but also for automatic updates.

More and more providers are following a similar model. Users of Chromebooks know that their systems are sending data back to Google servers, although this is generally through the use of Drive and Search services. The data is needed so that engineers can figure out what is working and what isn’t so that improvements can be made.

Microsoft managed to avoid this situation for a long time and most of the cloud computing services that it offers are not part of the operating system. The approach has had to change with Windows 10 because it needs to compete with the operating systems offered by Google and Apple, which makes cloud-based apps necessary. The changes in the digital world are no longer optional for the consumer, as they are now a firm part of many systems.