Lots of good points, starkers. This thread was originally about Ryzen, but Microsoft is making so many mistakes these days that it's hard not to talk about the company and the wider implications of its actions.
Ryzen is just the latest example where Microsoft uses a heavy-handed approach. And I have to wonder why?
Yes, Microsoft wants everyone on Windows 10. Windows 10 is their end-game where they have close to 100 % control.
So let's say Microsoft has created an OS that gives them as much info and power as an online platform like Google Chrome OS.
It's really worrying that the EU finds this acceptable, but Chrome OS is allowed and so is Android and privacy seems to be something that is missing from the digital age.
So yes, Microsoft can get away with this. Microsoft knows this. So why the rush?
Windows 7 support ends 2020, Windows 8.1 in 2023. After that Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows version available.
Microsoft could have pushed gently. Free upgrades, but not forced upgrades. Giving consumers control over updates in Windows 10. Letting them disable updates if they would want to do that.
Not changing settings. Coming clean about telemetry/privacy. Saying Windows 10 is similar to Chrome OS and should be viewed as a cloud platform. Windows Defender scans your drives. AV products work like this and of course metadata about every file can be sent to the cloud.
What I am trying to say is that although I don't like potentially having all my files examined by Microsoft, this is not the worst part.
The worst part is the blatant lying or modification of the truth. Treating customers like sheep and viewing them too dumb to be able to make their own decisions. Taking away consumer control over the OS.
Why is there such a rush to push Windows 10? Eventually every Windows user will be on this version anyway.
The way I see things Microsoft could have offered the exact same version of Windows 10, without a heavy-handed approach and the future of Windows 10 would be brighter.
I have a feeling people may avoid Windows 10, not because it's a bad OS, not because they are afraid to have their files examined, but because of Microsoft's heavy-handed, deceitful treatment of customers.
The Windows 10 “story” touches so many topics:
Is there room for privacy in the future? (recently it became known that some Samsung TVs have their microphone on when the TV is off)
Why are regulators completely silent about this topic?
How should a company behave? Is it OK to treat customers as stupid sheep? And expect them to stay loyal to the company?
And why does Microsoft push Windows 10 with fierce intensity when they know it will come a time when it's the only supported version of Windows? This makes people suspicious.
Blocking updates for supported versions of Windows is pretty extreme. Nadella says Microsoft wants us to love Windows 10. However, when became user freedom such a bad thing?