1. Questions, questions, questions
We really don’t know where Microsoft is heading with Windows 10. Nobody has come out and said Win10 will be supported by advertising or by add-ons or by sales of harvested data. All we know for sure is that, “once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device -- at no additional charge.”
That’s what Windows honcho Terry Myerson promised us on Jan. 21, 2015. Of course, the same person promised us on Oct. 29, 2015, that Win7 and 8.1 customers “can specify that you no longer want to receive notifications of the Windows 10 upgrade through the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 settings pages." That promise didn’t come true until a few weeks before the marched upgrade stopped. On Sept. 28, 2015, he promised, “Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you. You are in control with the ability to determine what information is collected.” That one’s never come close.
Lacking promises from Microsoft, all sorts of rumors have appeared and will continue to circulate. Although it seems highly unlikely that Microsoft will start charging a monthly fee for the use of Windows 10, or some variant, we’ve seen nothing beyond the “supported lifetime of the device” promise, which can be interpreted in many ways. Perhaps at some point we’ll be able to pay in order to reduce the snooping or manually install updates.
We already know that admins with Win10 Pro machines on their networks won’t be able to control advertising.
No matter how you look at it, Windows is in its golden years. PC sales are down, and there’s no rational reason to expect the trend to reverse itself. Microsoft could help revive Windows a bit by reducing some of the uncertainty associated with moving to its new platform. So far, we’ve seen very little action in that direction.
Perhaps it’s a good idea to stick with your Win 7 or 8.1 PC, and wait to see what other options appear.