MS is an American corporation that is regulated by a body that upholds the strictest of rules and ethical codes. The CEIP is not an evil or spying program. It simply collects user data and sent to MS for statistical purposes. That is all. Here's the link to the description and "The fine print":
Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program
Privacy Statement for the Microsoft® Customer Experience Improvement Program
I think you base decisions on your experiences and not on the "real world" statistics. None of our experiences are the "real world". Our experiences may be what develops who we are, but it is not the "real world". We also only have a limited perception and knowledge of the "real world" called our consciousness.
The "real world" stats of MS's OSs are collected by MS through various channels, not just the CEIP. If you would have taken the time to read this: Reflecting on your comments on the Start screen - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs you might have seen this:
In addition to the CEIP program, we have a wide variety of channels to our corporate customers to understand their needs. For example, we collect feedback continuously during direct engagement with customers (such as during on-site visits and in our briefing centers around the world), from advisory council and early-adopter program members, and at public events such as TechEd and //build/. We also work closely with industry analysts (via consultations and their research) and execute a wide range of our own research studies directly. From these interactions, we know the kind of functionality and control that enterprises want over the Start menu and we are definitely taking these into account as we are designing and developing the changes for Windows 8.
When you look at the data, we can see that enterprise customers do, in fact, have some different experiences with their Start menus:
- While 81% of home users have the default links like Control Panel, Games, and Documents on right hand-side of the Start menu , fewer than 2% of our enterprise customers have this experience.
- Most people have removed some items in this part of the Start menu (with Games and Media Center entry points most often removed).
- Enterprise users are launching pinned Start menu apps 68% more often than home users, but the usage of pinned items is still less than 10% of the sessions.
What the reality is is this:
So please take your dishonest arguing tactics elsewhere, Ray.
No. Definetly not. Your snapshots are nice and pretty. But if I want a website I use CSS rich HTML documents...Originally Posted by Coke Robot
And we live in a world of top countries that live with abundance. Abundance breeds complacency which breeds laziness, which breeds stupidity.
So, did I agree that MS is dumbing down the OS? Yes, to a degree more, but they ahve been doing that since 95 hit PC's.
Not to mention, so has Linux and Apple and pick an OS that is still being used and developed.
There seem to be around three people on this forum that go possibly well beyond what would be expected of anyone, to defend Microsoft and especially Windows 8, over any criticism levelled against it. When people are even accused of paranoia, simply because they elect not to participate in Microsoft accessing your user habits, then it becomes even more suspicious.
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but the near evangelical fervour with which some defend Windows 8 over the smallest criticism, smacks of the work of loyal Microsoft employees, or those with a vested interest in Microsoft. Get used to criticism, there are going to be a lot of people that will be critical of Windows 8; getting their backs up by saying that they are wrong, is not the way to win over new customers.
I repeat what I said some time earlier, the fact that Classic Shell, Start 8 and several other programs are garnering such interest, where people are willing to pay to get rid of the 'Microsoft Way', is clear evidence that the Microsoft Way is not palatable. Defend it as much as you like, it's not going to change things, but more people will begin to question your motives for refusing to acknowledge that it's not they who are wrong, but Microsoft.
Most "criticism" of Windows 8 falls down to personal preference, not any real fault with the OS. You don't *LIKE* the way something works, so you invent reasons to support your personal preference, and when we rightly call you on your invented excuses, you pull the martyr routing again. Oh woe is you, you're just spreading gods given truth and you're being crucified for it. Here's an idea, stop making up excuses to justify your personal preferences.
If you have a *REAL* issue, then by all means. I'm willing to discuss it, but if you keep pulling the crap like taking things out of context, you're going to keep getting argument.
The shrill cries (I'm not referring to you) seem to be getting louder all the time. It's like people's own children are being criticised and called ugly or something.
Makes you wonder.