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Remember how Microsoft was tracking Windows 10? Here's what it learned

Remember how Microsoft was tracking Windows 10? Here's what it learned
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According to Microsoft, the new Windows 10 operating system is now on 200 million computers and gadgets worldwide. For being out only half a year, that's a fast adoption rate. In fact, it's 140% faster than Windows 7 and 400% faster than Windows 8.

However, that isn't the only statistic Microsoft is boasting about, and the other ones have some people worried. That's because the statistics are about how people are using Windows 10. While we knew Microsoft was doing a lot more tracking by default with Windows 10, these statistics put it in a new light.

Microsoft has revealed that in December, users spent 11 billion hours using Windows 10. Of that, 44.5 billion minutes was spent using Microsoft Edge, the browser that replaces Internet Explorer.

Windows 10 users have asked the built-in personal assistant Cortana 2.5 billion questions since Windows 10 launched in July. Searches with Bing, Microsoft's answer to Google Search and the default search in Windows 10, are up 30% from pre-launch.

When it comes to programs, users have viewed more than 82 billion photos with the Windows Photo app. Microsoft also found that they played more than 4 billion hours of video games.

Those are all impressive numbers, but behind them is the fact that Microsoft is keeping tabs on what you do with your computer. Naturally, the data is anonymous; Microsoft isn't monitoring what you're looking at on your browser, just that you're using it.

Of course, that's still too much privacy intrusion for some people. Fortunately, you can take control of what gets sent to Microsoft. We've written up some manual instruction you can follow. There are also several programs like Win10 Spy Disabler and AntiSpy that put all the settings you need in one easy location.

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Source: BBC
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