Upshot: Win10 right now, Thanksgiving 2015, hovers at a stagnant 110 million DEVICES. Just google on the number, notice how the articles using that same number, go from the beginning of October 2015, all the way until Thanksgiving, no higher numbers given by MSFT. So look:
- Technically, MS rolled out Win10 in October 2014.
- Two years prior, it was Win8: lifecycle start was Halloween 2012, per https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lif ... r=FilterNO .
- As of the end of September 2013, Win8 had 110 million USERS, per http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/there ... ws-8-users
- But Win10, as of the beginning of October 2015 and ever since (even until now), by MSFT itself only claims 110 million DEVICES: bearing in mind many remain inventory unsold, even as probably the Win8 count did, since you had to install either one, to get it to count at all. And, there are more types of devices onto which Win10 can be installed yet sitting unsold, too.
- All this, comparing a FREE Win10 with a nearly free Win8.
- So Win10 is doing worse.
So of course to counter all that, a statistical LIE needs to be created, and Ed just did one on 11/28/15, click here. Notice how he covers up the lie by using the word 'government', as if the stats he's providing, came from them. But they really don't. They come from Ed massaging the numbers, and not following due statistical protocols like, group by TYPE for the same PERIOD that applies. Here, the period that has to apply, goes back to OCTOBER 2014 (more on that follows below). But he cuts it short, to make the Win10 gain look bigger.
Also, he doesn't leave out devices which cannot run XP or Win7. So it's not an apples to apples comparison. Of course, he doesn't KNOW the models, as that data is not collected. He also doesn't know if people were paid or incentivized to use Win10 over some other device, to get the count up. No one can prove that merely by accessing. He also lies by only looking a online usage, never mind that most machines are not online, and most that are online aren't accessing government sites, so you cannot tell if the access is 'representative' of all access by all machines for the same period. Even that doesn't tell you anything about what machines are USED each day.
Worse, online would naturally be skewed to machines which can go online, or are perceived to be safe enough to go online: example, I have 15 XP and Win7 machines, but only two go online. The others are working machines. So that means the online measure is very skewed.
Finally, he creates a fallacy, that Win10 is eclipsing Win7. There's no evidence of that at all. There's no tally of whether the NUMBER of devices INCREASED OR DECREASED over the period, so the percentage would be less meaningful. So his conclusion roughly amounts to fallacy: <i>if more vanilla is eaten, it must mean more chocolate was refused.</i>
Changes have to be accounted for, kinda like balancing your checkbook. If Win7 numbers go down, is that because the Win7 machines are at work, and people accessing are not at work, so not using Win7 at home? Which could mean, THE SAME USERS are accessing more often than once (very likely) from different devices, depending on what they have on hand. In which case, it does NOT mean that Win7 (or 10, for that matter) is increasing or decreasing, but rather the CONVENIENCE dictates.
One could go on with the variants and their explanations. In short, as usual Ed Bott is lying. He's paid to do that. So you should know to disregard him and all other Win10 fanboys.
Older, parallel topics are here; then for proposed solutions, here, and here in bleepingcomputer. Search in this page on '14' to get to the '14 million' and '75 million' section to show how the pundits (but not MSFT) lie about the numbers; search on 'Lenovo' to get to the manufacturer links proving Win10 is being used to sell new pre-installed Win7 machines. (So the licenses are Win10, but not the devices.)
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'Telemetry' is a fancy word for 'snooping' on you. Following you around, like those aerial movies where our troops watched Afghan and Iraqi soldiers during the recent wars in those countries. In short, spying: keeping visual track of what you're doing, and storing that information on some computer somewhere.
When you click 'OK' or 'I Agree' to installing Windows 10 or its 'services' (even if not using Windows 10), you agree, per its Paragraph 2 of the incorporated-by-reference Microsoft Services Agreement, that a) Microsoft may snoop on everything you have and do with your machine; and, per its Paragraph 3, you agree that b) Microsoft has the right to tell you how to behave; and if you do not behave as Microsoft says, it can bork your machine, remove what's on your machine, etc. Doesn't matter what privacy settings you use. This is part of the License.
Unbelievable, huh. So I had to make a video reading aloud so you can SEE those legal provisions at Microsoft's own website, click here. Links in that video's description, lead you to the actual MSFT official LICENSE you would have agreed to, had you put Windows 10 on one of your machines. Scary stuff.
No other product or service you can buy anywhere in the world, has such strictures. The scope of this Big Brother 'contract' is all-encompassing, and affects everyone who talks or works or engages with you, if YOU have Windows 10. Or, if you don't but they do. And the Microsoft License terms are utterly blatant about all this.
Yet worldwide, there's an uncanny denial of that fact. It's as if all the 'authorities' in the world had suddenly gone blind. Which means, they know and are covering it up, or .. they actually don't understand the plain words in the license.
For witness: the press doesn't much cover this problem (click here). That thread has now been locked, so you can if you wish, continue discussion here.
Very strange, that a press usually so concerned with civil liberties, is quiet here. Only occasional and mild articles, appear, click here. Oddly, the license is still not noticed as the real problem, and instead the geeks focus on the meaningless workarounds, click here. But it won't matter that the workarounds exist. You agreed to the snooping. It's contractual!
Either they don't understand how Windows 10 breaks new ground in snooping, or they won't care. That's not good.
So faced with an overwhelming denial of the obvious, you'll need to do your own homework in the source text of the Microsoft License: to see it on your own machine, type 'winver.exe' in the Start or search box. Then click on the link that results, which opens a dialogue box: within it, is a blue link ending with, License Terms. Click that link, and read. You'll be amazed.
Prior to Windows 10, the license terms are normal. But in Windows 10, as the above links show (and your own computer will prove, if you've installed it) -- in Windows 10, you've just agreed to be GOVERNED BY MICROSOFT. Not, by your country. Unbelievable, huh.
You can also find that same text in your root Windows directory, in the subdirectory System32, and the file itself is named 'license.rtf'. So if you're already unfortunate enough to have installed Windows 10, then you will see the same text linked and read above, on your own machine. Undeniable.
So then, everyone's illiterate, obtuse.. or prevaricating. For atop all this, is the blatant falsehood that oh how 'successful' Windows 10 was at launch.
- So notice what the provable truth is, instead: 4.5 million users are 'Insiders' since last October; the worldwide base of MSFT employees and contractual labor, is nearly a million. To test the 'continuum', presume each has but two devices. Okay, then 5.5 million x 2 is 11 million.. using Windows 10 from October until launch on July 29. If more than two devices person (say laptop tablet phone or desktop laptop phone) -- then that total, increases.
So if on July 30 Microsoft's Mr. Mehdi writes that there are 14 million devices using Windows 10 (not necessarily activated, just using).. well, then how many actually downloaded and activated Windows 10 in the past 24 hours? Can't be more than 3 million DEVICES, and probably half that many people.
But the media from Computerworld to Zdnet to others worldwide chirping all-hail-Microsoft over that past 24 hours, well.. they all claim 14 million activations over the past 24 hours! Really?
Even today, in Computerworld an ESTIMATE claims that in the first two weeks there are 45 million devices running Windows 10? REALLY? And the fact that the OEMs had to do their pre-orders since last October doesn't count for anything?
EDIT, 8/26/15: now even more, look at the lies. 75 million devices! Really? Compare the pundits versus the original source, a mere tweet about totals, again from Mr. Mehdi!
EDIT: New video on this topic (9/4/15), here.
Does no one think about numbers and how they are misused just as much as Bible verses are distorted? Now, this isn't about whether you believe in Bible, but surely in your lifetime you've seen its verses abused. So, it's an apt parallel. Misuse/Abuse of what purports to be an authoritative source, is the underlying issue.
I tried to explain that misuse, here. Since the PC World link won't go to my comment directly, it's reproduced below:
brainout wrote:More like yellow journalism. Mehdi has been misquoted all along. Now think about those numbers.
A. 4.5 million Insiders since LAST OCTOBER, and I am one of them. Picture 2 devices each. Then add all the MSFT employees and contract labor, and all the freebies MSFT gave to pundits. So that adds say another million. So 5.5 million. SINCE LAST OCTOBER. So double that, and you have 12 million devices, by the time July 29 comes. So on July 30, Mehdi blogs that there were 14 million DEVICES (not users, not activations, just devices) running Windows 10.
B. Now, factor in the OEMs who contract to buy the new OS, SINCE LAST OCTOBER. So now, 75 million minus 14 million, leaves 60 million, the approximate number of OEM licenses for Windows 8 also by its launch.
SO NOTICE WHAT IS NOT SAID: how many such machines SOLD, how many activated, how many still using, what rate, how many installs actually didn't revert.
C. So now go to some computer manufacturer's site and search on the new laptops or desktops, search by operating system: Lenovo, then to Dell, then to HP and notice that you can still buy WINDOWS SEVEN with 'downgrade rights'. At Lenovo, it's a Win10 license with downgrade rights so installed instead, is Windows 7. At Dell, it's often 8.1 with downgrade rights, but installed is Windows 7. HP is similar.
So they are preinstalling Windows 7, not 10, on the machines, but using the Win10 'downgrade rights' clause (I think it's Para 5 in the EULA) to justify installing Windows 7. Or, using an 8.1 license to do that, the manufacturers vary.
So to MSFT, that counts as Windows 10, but it is not. So much for the typical prevarication that is MSFT and the pundits who leave their brains in the outhouse.
Articles mindlessly kanting the false meaning, are here and here and here. I think they mean to drown out reason. That's what religionists do, when they arrogate Bible interp, as if God shouldn't speak for Himself.
So too, all these sychophants in the computer magazines and elsewhere, disturbingly act as one hive mind, calling anyone criticizing this obviously-unconstitutional license policy, 'Luddites' and 'Microsoft haters', 'tin foil' and 'conspiracy nutters'.. well.. then you know they are religious bullies. Which, is your other big warning to STAY AWAY from Windows 10. MS has its own SS, now.
So read it all for yourself, don't take my word for it: else, you'll not have strength to resist the Borg infecting so many. You'll think you're crazy when you view the source text, yet almost everyone 'public' denies it? I feel crazy, writing this post...
So read the links above and on your own machine; note the undeniable proof that, repeat: In Windows 10, this snooping is mandatory. Even if you get some functional privacy, you gave carte blanche authorization over all your 'content'. And, MSFT can brick your machine if you do not adhere to its own 'Code of Conduct'. And, no matter who else you correspond with, MSFT will have a right to know about it. ANYTIME. So you are open to be sued by whoever you correspond with, to the extent they do not use Windows 10. For to the extent you use Windows 10, all activity on that machine, including your webcam, microphone, "typing, inking and voice" (MSFT's own words) -- they get to snoop it all. You said 'yes'.
Conversely, even if you refuse Windows 10, anyone with whom you correspond, if THEY use it, YOUR information is disclosed to MSFT from THEIR device(s). So you are MADE a party to their Agreement even if you never use Windows 10!
So to protect yourself, it would be a good idea to tag your emails with the following disclaimer: this email, and/or its attachments, was neither produced nor sent via Windows 10. Should you receive it on a Windows 10 device, your privacy will be compromised: see your End Users License Agreement Paragraph 1b. Thus you've done your own due diligence in warning those who trust you.
A good lawyer or doctor or anyone who keeps confidential material from others, realizes right away, that a) this is a litigation nightmare for everyone, especially MSFT, and b) it's unconstitutional, in just about every nation on earth.
And if you're one of those Armageddon movie makers (you know, the cheesy Left Behind junk) -- you see here, a plausible 666 scenario.