Despite having a lot of new features and performance, Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 10 has been under a firestorm of controversy over privacy concerns since it debuted on July 29th. Many users have shown their concerns about some features that involved sending their data to the company. However, Microsoft has done little to openly address these criticisms — until now. The tech giant officially responded to privacy concerns surrounding Windows 10 on Monday (September 28th 2015). It cleared the air on this problem by publishing a statement detailing how it collects and uses data through Windows 10.  

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Microsoft finally responds to Windows 10 privacy concerns on Monday (September 28, 2015).

In a blog post from Windows chief Terry Myerson, Microsoft splits that data into 3 categories, detailing what is and isn’t collected and stored through Windows 10:

-Safety and Reliability Data: Microsoft collects an anonymous device ID, application crash data
and device type to improve application reliability. This data doesn’t include any personal content or files. Most users can’t turn off the collection of this type of data

-Personalization Data: Microsoft collects this kind of data to provide a better user experience. It includes information about common word you use, what you prefer, what you commonly search for and so on.  

-Advertising Data: Microsoft doesn’t collect this type of data. The company doesn’t scan the content of your e-mail or files to deliver targeted ads. “We’re not reading your email, but we have custody of your email,” Terry Myerson denied that anyone at the company has the ability to read your emails. “How do you distill those two things?”

All the concerns surrounding Windows 10 security and privacy can’t prevent people from upgrading to the operating system. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 was downloaded over 75 million times in its first month. However, it was said that this number has already swollen to over 100 million installs two months after the new OS was released.