Windows 10’s Creators Update to give users better control over their privacy
One of the biggest initial concerns about Windows 10 was privacy. Over the last year or so, Microsoft has been working on addressing some of the privacy-related issues on Windows 10. With the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is going to offer improved privacy for users but providing easier access to privacy settings during the initial setup.
Microsoft is introducing a new setup (aka OOBE) experience on Windows 10 which will include the most important privacy settings in one place. While setting up a new PC or a fresh install of Windows 10, users will be able to control any privacy settings they want — this includes Location, Speech Recognition, Diagnostics, Tips, and “Relevant” ads. As you can see in the screenshot below, the improved OOBE will also tell you about the impact of disabling a certain option — for instance, if you disable Speech Recognition, you won’t be able to talk to Cortana or apps from the Windows Store.
Along with the improved privacy control in Windows 10, Microsoft is also giving users better control over their privacy on the web. The company is launching a new privacy dashboard for its users, which will allow them to control all of their Microsoft Account’s privacy settings from a central dashboard.
From the new privacy dashboard, users will be able to delete their browser history (from Microsoft Edge), search queries (from Bing), location data, as well as the data provided to Cortana for its Notebook feature.
These improvements are certainly quite nice for Windows 10 users as they will gain much better control over their privacy. These improvements will be coming to Windows 10 users with the Creators Update, which is set to be released this April. If you are a Windows Insider running build 15002, you should be able to use the new privacy controls in the updated OOBE today.