Full-screen nags start appearing in Windows 10, confusing users

Gezzer

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"Freak out" is an imprecise term but I will tell you why I object to this:

1. I regard my desktop as private space. If this doesn't track for you, maybe you can think of some other area that you regard as private. Would you be OK if your phone lock screen or home screen could be replaced by an advertisement of your phone vendor's choice at any time?

2. Over my career I have at times been responsible for PCs that serve commercial or industrial purposes. If the PC in question for example was displaying flight arrival times at a busy airport, would you be OK with that information no longer being displayed but instead this ad for Microsoft services, which would remain up for probably many minutes because it would take that long to get word to the right person who could fix it?

3. Another scenario is a machine being driven by automated pre-programmed macro, where keyclicks on certain parts of the screen would now be blocked by this unexpected pop-up.

4. While in this case the message is from Microsoft, if this is not opposed, what's the next step? Can my corporate competitor pay Microsoft to display an ad on the desktops of all my employees trying to recruit them away?

Bottom line, while the PC desktop may be a triviality to some, to others it is an essential and routine part of their business day and/or industrial process. It is not acceptable to have it subject to random alteration by outside parties.

I totally agree. More and more it seems that not only are we buying a "limited license" to use windows, but M$ also feels once we install they have privileged access to our hardware and data too, like they own it or something. This is old hat for them though and it's one of the reasons they became known as the evil empire. It's why I still run Win7 on some systems and where I can I jump ship to Mint. TBH I don't think anyone running mission critical systems should use windose. Pay someone to fork a Linux distro instead. In the long run it'll be money well spent.
 

Gezzer

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Calm down! Windows 10 is a good OS. You need to watch fewer episodes of Mr Robot and get out more.

No, it's not a good OS. It's a serviceable OS that does exactly what M$ designed it to do. If it was stripped of everything meant to benefit M$ over the end user it would be a good OS. But they designed it to capture mobile market share from Apple and Google first, be a functioning OS second. And if shows in every way, including the nag screens.
 

OortCloud

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No, it's not a good OS. It's a serviceable OS that does exactly what M$ designed it to do. If it was stripped of everything meant to benefit M$ over the end user it would be a good OS. But they designed it to capture mobile market share from Apple and Google first, be a functioning OS second. And if shows in every way, including the nag screens.
Myself and millions of businesses and users around the world use it everyday to do a myriad of complex tasks. It generally performs these task well and very rarely falls over despite the huge variance in both the hardware it runs on and the software it runs. Its a good OS.