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This spring, Microsoft plans to release an update to Windows 10 that will include changes to the setup experience for privacy settings.

Windows Insiders started getting a sneak preview of the new features yesterday. Microsoft says it will gather their feedback and potentially make tweaks based on their likes and dislikes.

Win10’s new privacy settings will include:

> Speech recognition: If selected, the user will send their voice input to Microsoft to improve their speech services including Cortana.

> Find my device: If a device is lost, this feature taps into the device’s location data to help the user find it. This feature requires the user to sign in to Windows with their Microsoft account. The new setting allows the user to switch this feature on or off.

> Inking & typing: If selected, the user sends inking and typing data to Microsoft to improve language-recognition and suggestion capabilities of Windows-based applications and services.The new setting lets the user switch this feature on or off. 

> Location: If selected, Windows and related applications can request the user’s location. Microsoft, in turn, will then use that data to improve its location services.The new setting lets the user switch this feature on or off. 

> Diagnostic data: The new setting lets the user select Basic, Full, or none. If Full”is selected, this feature sends all diagnostic data to Microsoft. This includes information about websites the user visits, how applications and features are used, the device's health and error reports.

> Tailored experience: The new setting lets the user select Basic, Full, or none. If selected, Microsoft will offer tailored experiences — including tips, offers and recommendations — based on diagnostic data the user has chosen.

Windows 10 security screen

This version of the new Win10 security features offers all options on 1 screen

Microsoft is also conducting an A/B test of how the new security features are presented.

Version A will give users all the choices on a single screen. Version B will give them one screen per security feature — for example, one screen for Find my device, another for Inking & Typing, and yet another for Location.

In this way, Microsoft expects to determine which of the two setups users prefer.

By the way, if you or a customer would like to join the fun, check out the Microsoft Insider site. Participation involves just 3 steps: register, install the preview software, and then send feedback via a members hub.

And stay secure with Windows 10.

 

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